Touring - Trekking bars: anyone put brake levers up front as here?
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From Sheldon's always interesting and informative link
on bars (the way he's got them here resemble to me
moustache bars...looks cool!).
(open and scroll down to read the abilities/limitations of a number
Just wondering how I'll set the trekking bars up on my Atlantis
(yeah I'm swapping out the noodles...want my bikes
to all be a bit different so will put the noodles on my
rambouillet instead...also have albatross bars on my Surly X Check.
05-02-07, 07:22 PM
How about like this.
Not quite what I'm looking for, but if they work
for you, then go for it.
05-02-07, 08:05 PM
I did! I picked up a pair of trekking bars for my wife's Cannondale early this Spring and re-used the aero brake levels she had to keep it cheap. I like the position and so does she. She uses a short stem (recommended with the trekking bars) so the reach to the breaks is not too far at all. I like how the set up looks as well. But that's just me.
05-03-07, 02:36 AM
I have my brakes on the grips close to me but would like a pair of repeaters on the outside edge like rmwun has. It's handy having the brakes near the shifters, so I wouldn't want to miss that with only one set on the front. I spend most of the time with my hands at 9 and three, not as much out at the very front.
I was just thinking about this this week too because I spend most of my time in that front position. The problem, I think, is getting stuff up there. Trekking bars seem to be made for MTB equipment, which in turn is made to slide over the bar end.
05-03-07, 06:45 AM
I had no trouble at all getting the brakes up front on my wife's bike. Her bike has down tube shifters so I did not have to deal with "brifters" so that probably helped me out somewhat. I think the short stem is key if you are going to run these up front. I was most worred about having to reach too far because the bars angle out front quite a bit. With the short stem, the front of the trekking bars are no further away than the drops were but they are up higher, which she likes. She also likes the trekking bars are wider (almost too wide if you ask me). She had narrow older road bars on the bike and only ever rode on the tops of her dropped bars. This gives her a lot of comfortable hand positions and a mor upright riding position.
05-03-07, 06:57 AM
I think either position works well and you should pick based on your preferred riding position. I have my brifters in the back position since most of my time is commuting and I ride more upright. If I were looking at more long rides I would probably go to the foraward position since that lets you stretch out more. I have done some touring and century rides with them in that postiiton and it is not a big problem, you just get used to where they are. I suppose if you wanted to be really wacky you could even figure out a way to mount them on the ends, but that might feel awkward depending upon your reach. Trekking bars tend to be wide so grabbing the ends may feel very spread out for people making the transition from other bars.
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