Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - jeff jones titec bars: for all sorts of riding: anyone ever use?
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this looks interesting from jeff jones:
his blog has more pics of various hand positions, too.
my tt is a few cm longer than need be and i'm trying to find creative alternatives for all sorts of riding on my rivendell atlantis: commuting as well as long distance touring with multiple hand positions.
found that due to my tt being 2 cm longer than i prefer (with 90mm stem thus can't really reduce that much) i am a bit stretched out...also considering albatross bars, but these bars by jeff seem very interesting....upright, middle, stretched out, 'tis all there.
anyone try and like?
Last year I bought my first normal bike in quite a few years (I bought a folder for train commuting the year before). It is a Fuji Absolute 1.0, a road biased hybrid with the flat handlebar that hybrids apparently must come with. Love the bike, hate the handle bar. Tried Origin 8 drop bar ends, hated them, they were nothing like my memory of using drop bars years ago even though it seemed like they would be. Tried a Nashbar butterfly trekking bar, much, much better yet I kinda wanted to try the Jones H bar in the Titec versions (simply for cost reasons) but never got around to it. This winter I noticed that Jones is now offering his newest "Loop" H bar in a relatively affordable aluminum version. I ordered one the next day and rode it all winter on a trainer and now out on the road in training for a century, my first attempt at one.
These things are very personal and because of the cost and work involved I have not tried a drop bar setup on my bike, but the Jones bar does it for me. Plenty of hand positions to fight numbness and fatigue and the forward position is a good wind fighting position. The trekking bar was not bad, the Jones bar is better. The stiffness and leverage of the Jones bar are excellent for climbing and soft surfaces, Jones is a mountain biker after all. Dealing with him (well, his wife, I presume) by email was a trouble free, pleasant experience. The bar arrived quickly and intact. The loop version has plenty of space for shifters and brake levers (but it wants mountain bike diameter controls of course) which was an issue with the original H bars and the Titec versions. I am a very satisfied customer and while my happiness does not guarantee yours, I am not such an odd duck that I would expect to be unique in liking this bar for road work.
great to hear it....they seem to me to offer just so much of what a good bar should do: upright, drops, varied hand positions....just don't know why more people don't use this for touring/commuting etc....his H loop bars are on order and should be arriving end of june, i was told...so I'm in, when they do arrive....$175 with shifters/paul adaptors, too...small investment if it entices me to ride more
06-05-11, 10:56 PM
I'm a big fan of Jones' H-bar, and now have a total of five, though am only using three. I have two of the original Ti H-bars with curved extensions, one Titec J-bar (aluminum version of Jones' H-bar), and two Titec H-bars (aluminum version of the Jones H-bar with rise).
My original use was on a singlespeed MTB, though with time found satisfactory, but not thrilling, options for shifting. The Paul's thumbies are about as good as it gets.
I always found the bars to be too wide for extended/long distance riding (and I use 44/45cm road bars), though probably didn't give myself long enough to adapt. The intersection with the extension, what I'd compare to riding on the hoods of a road lever, is beyond my normal 44cm bars. The hand position beyond that is way back.
For around town riding (or all day offroad) I think they're a joy, but I think I'd want them to be a couple inches narrower before I'd find them comfortable for all day riding on the road.
I got requests to post pictures of mine over on the hybrid forum so just because it is easy to repost a picture I have already gone to the trouble to take, here is a shot of my setup. I just rode this bar in a century over the weekend but with a bar bag to hold the cue sheet and some other goodies so I had to move some things around from what you see here. Normally hand numbness is not an issue with it, I did an 80 mile training ride the weekend before with no problems because I kept moving my hands around. Unfortunately the weather turned really hot here just before the century and I was caught unprepared for that. I almost had to call the SAG team just before the 80 mile rest stop and it was only a long rest and plenty of Gatorade that allowed me to complete the course. I was so tired that try as I might I just could not keep moving my hands around for the last 30 miles, I rode on the grips most of the time and I did get some numbness as a result. Keep em moving though and it is a great road bar and if you ever are forced to ride in a soft patch for some reason you will find that the normal grip position gives you great leverage and control. Just as you would expect from a bar designed by a mountain biker.
having great luck with the titec h-bars which jeff designed i believe. would love to try some of the loop bars to run some indexed shifters.....
i actually just swapped my shifters/brakes over to some xtr dual control shifters on these h-bars and i *love* them. that combo is a match made in heaven!
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