Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Houston, TX 77095
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia Elite, Schwinn Frontier FS MTB, Centurion LeMans (1986)
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Bike fit question: straight handlebar width
I recently put bar ends on my straight handlebar road bike (Sirrus), and when I use them, I catch alot of wind, because my arms have to go significantly out to the sides. I'd like to chop down the 'bars so that the bar ends are more similarly far apart as the brake hoods on my drop-bar road bike (17 inches).
But you know, once you cut them, you can't uncut them. I wonder if there are any guidelines (other than personal preference) concerning how narrow is too narrow for a straight handlebar. I guess handling gets twitchier the narrow it gets.
Or has anyone ever put bar ends not on the ends, but somewhere inboard, so when you grab them, your hands are closer together?
Peter Wang, LCI
Houston, TX USA