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Bend A 27 87.10%
Bend B 4 12.90%
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Old 08-19-09, 02:24 PM   #1
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Poll: Which of these 2 bars would you use

I'm waiting on UPS to get here and decided to pass time with a petty question. I can't decide which handle bar I like better. The bends are different but they are both steel and both in good shape cosmetically. So... which do you like?



Bend A:

Bend B:


Bend A:

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Bend A:

Bend B:
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Old 08-19-09, 02:32 PM   #2
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haha.. i was looking at the franken section last night and came across your bike and was dying to see how it was coming along. i like A. I currently have a similar one to your B and it feels a bit too cruiserish. IMO i think with A, you can shift the bar ends easier. Then again.. i'm jsut pulling stuff outta my a$$. Sweet ride. I'm considering converting my fixed/ss townie to a 1x9 with a barend of some sort.
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Old 08-19-09, 02:54 PM   #3
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did you cut down the bars between the last set of shots? they look much shorter from the rear view.
I like bend A
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Old 08-19-09, 03:03 PM   #4
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No, I haven't cut anything.

Thanks bluenote. I have made some small changes in components, but have mostly been waiting on my order from Niagara cycle. The wait is killing me!
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Old 08-19-09, 03:05 PM   #5
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I could always put it back to the way I got it....
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i could always put it back to the way i got it....
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yeah you shoudl totally put it back the way you had it. Whats your waybill number for your UPS, i'll have them redirect your parts to my place. :-)
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OOOh....I like A
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Personally, I wanna see some drops flipped 180º so that the ends face the rider, like regular upright handlebars. Can you take pic with the original bars like that, mkeller?
I voted for A, though.
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Both of those bars seem flared awfully wide to use bar-end shifters, imo, but I do think that bars are about as subjective and personal an issue as anything on a bike. Here's a shot of Albatross bars with bar-ends on my Kogswell. The bend is much more toward the rider than flared out, and as a result, the wrist position feels good with shifting to me.



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as far as too wide for bar ends...where exactly are you putting your hands?
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I say Bend A, but shorten 'em.
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Nevermind my request Mkeller, I realized I had the stuff to do it here.
Puts you into this insanely upright position, especially with a short stem. It gives little handlebar room, though. Neat to ride, you (all) should try it some time.
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as far as too wide for bar ends...where exactly are you putting your hands?
That's a personal question!

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Just use the cool looking ones
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Bend A.
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I'd use bend A, but I'd cut off at least 1 1/2" and angle them down just a tad.
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Yeah, I'm on with the Bend A crowd. However, it's only fair to mention that I'd also like to see some vinyl streamers on those bar ends.

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Well, that seems fairly unanimous. I was leaning that way, but my wife was putting some doubt in my head.

Anyway, UPS showed up a little bit after 6 this evening. I spent the night setting everything up then took the long anticipated test ride.

So far so great, it feels great compared to any upright bike I have ever ridden. Now I just need to wrap the bars... and decide what to use. I'm going to ride it into work tomorrow and try to take some photos later.

Thanks for the opinions!
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Oh yeah... guess where bend A came from, a 1970's Huffy Bay Pointe.
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Personally, I wanna see some drops flipped 180º so that the ends face the rider, like regular upright handlebars. Can you take pic with the original bars like that, mkeller?
I voted for A, though.
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I have been thinking about that a lot for a road bike for my girlfriend— don't want to spend money on upright handlebars /and/ brake levers.

otherwise, i say flip A upside down.
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You know some of the '70s era Huffy bikes, the Bay Point and one other that slips my mind right now, had nice handle bars on them. I took off an riser bar from one and used it on a 3 speed Schwinn Breeze and they were great. They looked better and were more comfy than the original bars.

So is the Lotus the reason that I saw your Schwinn up on Craigslist a week or so ago?

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Option 'C'?
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I'll go with others, saying bend "A", but shorten them a tad.
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Option 'C'?
Option C is you buy me some Nitto albatross bars
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