Real Human Being
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ottery St. Catchpole
Bikes: Sleeping Beauty: 2008 Jamis Aurora
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i scrapped the whole thing because i wasn't willing to put more money into the bike since it appears not to fit and is a major culprit in a debilitating RSI injury.
one happy occurrence was that the tapfire shifter came with a new cable attached, and it was longer than the one on my bike!(!) so i didn't need to lengthen that cable. i lowered the handlebars a bit to keep the brake cables loose, but i think i'd already damaged the connection, having the bars too high, so i need new cables anyway.
at any rate! i got my north road bars at amazon.com through bikepartsusa. (link
.) they're wald #8095 "touring" handlebars, and they cost me about US$16, inc shipping. i got steel bars because they're supposed to dampen more road noise than alu bars do. they fit all the measurements for the milano so they were easy to install, except for the too-short cables issue (which isn't a problem if you like your bars lower). if you pay attention to it, the silver looks kind of goofy, unfortunately. but i don't see why you couldn't spraypaint the bars before you install them, if you really want to. anyone know a reason why you shouldn't? the weight of the wald bars is probably the only major difference between these bars and $50+ bars. that and they may not take bar-end shifters, but nexus8 bikes shouldn't be used w/bar-ends as i understand it, so that's not a huge deal unless you plan to use the bars for a different bike later.
here's what the amazon page says:
"Wald Touring #8095 Width 23" Hieght 3" Stem Diameter 1" Chrome Steel Handlebar"
one thing that was an ordeal (especially with a wrist injury that reduced my grip strength to almost nothing) was getting the stupid grips off! my sister had to do it for me while i held the bike, because i couldn't twist the grips to get them off. it was really hard and it took two people a long, long time. i "treated" them with oil on the inside so i could take them off easier next time. it was really lame, i'm telling you. i wanted to cut them off but she wouldn't let me
good luck! let me know if you have any other questions about the bars or installation or whatever. i'll be happy to oblige!