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Old 09-28-11, 11:17 AM   #1
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swappin handlebars - ergonomics

Hey, I have a Giant Seek II. It has 700series tires. More less a commuter bike. I was thinkin of swappin out my handlebars. right now they are a straight bar but I wanted to go to a bullhorn type bar to be able to switch hand positions you know? and yes, Ive used those add on extensions that go at the end of the bars but I want a one piece bar this time.

Problem is, the shifters I have.. they have both high and low levers.. that is you have to push the bottom one to gear down and the top one to gear up... set up to use your thumb and index finger.

if I put these on a bullhorn type bar, I don't think theres enough room to put them horizontally the way they are now because they would interfere with hand position when hands are on the sides you know?

but if I try to put them on the forward aiming part of the bars, then shifting is going to screwed up.. awkward at best.

any ideas?

here's a Seek II... you can see a guy who added the extensions on the ends but Im not crazy about that....




these are the shifters... you can see how you need to use your thumb under and index finger over.....



how would you put these together with a bullhorn type bar like this.....?

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Old 09-28-11, 11:23 AM   #2
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how would you put these together with a bullhorn type bar like this.....?
you cannot, integrated brifter wont make it around the corner bend.

Ergon GC3 grip/bar end combination is My recommendation,
Or a Trekking figure 8 bend handlebar.

either one does not crearte any issues with your shifter stuff.

either you keep the bars you have , add the Ergon's, or
Install the Trekking bars, perhaps change the stem for reach. they
let you slide the controls on the rear facing open end of the bars last.

I like both on my different bikes.

Trekking bar has many more hand position choices..
I double wrap the tape with the padded stuff, for a fatter grip.

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Old 09-28-11, 11:24 AM   #3
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M, I doubt those integrated shifters are going to fit anyway. Road bike handlebars are a different diameter from mountain bike handlebars. They will work on a set of trekking handlebars.

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Old 09-28-11, 04:59 PM   #4
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Those will fit on a trekking bar, if you want to try that.
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Trekking bars FTW!



Of course, Ergon GC3s are pretty cool too!

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Look for a Brahma bar. It's basically a slightly more curved bullhorn in MTB size. Shifters and brakes will fit where you'd expect to find them.
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