Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - Alternatives to flat handlebars?
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04-05-07, 12:14 PM
I'm getting into more long distance riding and want to change out my handle bars. Problem is, I'm limited because of my brakes. I have Magura Julie hydraulic disks, so I can't change out my brake levers, which seems to rule out using drop bars. Is there a company that makes moustace bars that fit MTB levers? I'm thinking of getting the Mary bar from On-One, and putting short bar ends at the center bend inside of my levers. That seems to be a favorable option - somewhat flat with a bit of a rise, but bent back for better hand position. I still have my old bike that has an old trekking bar made by Scott from the early '90s, the one that has the curved section that extends out front for an aero position. But that's still a straight flat bar. Any suggestions?
Try looking at the Nitto Butterfly Trekking bar, or maybe a mustache bar. I've seen them on the Harris Cyclery site and Riverndell Bike site.
I just put trekking bars on my bike about 3 weeks ago and I think they are great.
I have put small bar ends on the ends of my long distance off road touring bike and longer bar ends near the brake levers. This gives two other good bar positions and works well but of course adds some extra weight. However the the inner bars ends are very useful for lashing things onto them
Also, Nashbar makes a trekking bar that is mountain bike sized and works well with standard mountain bike brakes.
Also, I have found that the combination of some Ergon standard grips and Caincreek bar ends are good for long rides on flat bars.
Another really good option is some Ergon grips and some long curved bars ends with lots of heavy padding on the bar ends. You can really stretch out down low for climbing and the heavy padding gives a good relieve to your hand at times when you don't need the quicker control of the regular hand grips.
nitto makes moustache bars in non-road dia. QBP sells em so any bike shop should be able to get them for you.
04-20-07, 10:40 AM
I'd second Ergon grips + bar-ends. Works very well up to 70 miles per day for me.
And on the high end of the trekking bar set....
Will one of those work for your brakes?
old and new
04-20-07, 10:54 AM
Choices stated are fine, I chose mustache. I felt it would be an easy transition for my nephew who will eventually get the bike,he's used to flat.I wanted to experiment,mindfull that I'd be riding this bike for a couple of months. Here's my evaluation : It's as light as a drop, lighter and a bit less cumbersome than a butterfly though butterfly bars seem versitile, the mustache is quite adaptable to most levers,offers many riding possitions,it's only disadvantage is I feel more able to hold on to dop bars while in an aero possition out of saddle or out of saddle tough climbs and and more secure in fast decents.Neither of these negative aspects would have effected my decission to go with mustache bars.The intended future functions trump my preference.
I always had a jones for those Synergo bars, thought they'd rock on my Cross-Check commu-tourer. Went with Midges based on experience and commonality.
Another option would be the Titec H-Bar clone
I've replaced the Midges on my Cross-Check Fix with them and find them quite nice for upwards of 50 miles. It does take a bit of fiddlin to get the stem length right, this may have been more due to the fact that I moved from drops.
as far as I know, nitto does NOT make a butterfly trekking bar...the one on harris cyclery is from Kalloy
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