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Old 11-05-10, 10:23 AM   #1
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Letís See Your Moustaches

Iím thinking about building my first bike using moustache style handlebars. Iíd like to see some photos of yours to get ideas about bar, stem, lever, cable routing, etc. combinations.
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Old 11-05-10, 10:29 AM   #2
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Paging noglider...
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ok but no child molester jokes please.

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I found mustache handlebars uncomfortable just on test rides, so I've never built a bike up using them. I generally don't like the look of them, either. I do have noglider mustache envy, though!
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Uuuuh, that didn't take long. 3 responses and I've already changed my mind about the whole moustache idea. Thanks alot C&V!
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ok but no child molester jokes please.

So you were just hanging out to molest squirrels ?
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As the bike looked about six years ago. They can limit your handlebar bag options a bit. Here is a photo that shows a handlebar bag:


I'm still using the moustache bars, so I definitely like them. Way better than a straight bar in my opinion, but not quite as versatile as a drop bar. They are great for climbing steep hills, and I also find them pretty easy to control on the trails. I like having the brakes accessible from the bends, because that's where the most control is. One thing about them though: I personally like to use these bars set pretty high... even a bit higher than saddle height. I'm not sure I would care for them on a bike that didn't let me raise the bars as high.

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So you were just hanging out to molest squirrels ?
i didn't do anything they didn't ask me to do so I'm not sure I'd use the word molest.
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We'll be taking statements from the squirrels to verify this.

And more seriously... I like to keep things simple.

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We'll be taking statements from the squirrels to verify this.

And more seriously... I like to keep things simple.

I like that. Do you keep Canadian Club in the bars? Or would that be Yukon Gold in your nape of the way?

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I don't like using aero levers with moustache bars, it causes too sharp of bend. Since this pic, I've installed barcons and routed the cables all the way up to the end of the tape. Stem is a Nitto Periscope knock-off from an old mtb.
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I was thinking that non-aero lever would have a more relaxed cable routing as well. Seems like you could run the barcon cable all the way along the bottom of the bars to come out under the brake hoods. I also have wondered why people don't use MTB levers. Is it because they don't pull enough cable?
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I also have wondered why people don't use MTB levers. Is it because they don't pull enough cable?
I've wondered this as well (or interrupter levers). I think it's because the hoods give you a spot for your hands/palms.
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mine

sharing mine. I also flip it upside down with a shorter stem so I don't bend my back so much
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I don't know why you guys thing that aero levers won't work well. The cabling is as direct as it can possibly be.
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I like that. Do you keep Canadian Club in the bars? Or would that be Yukon Gold in your nape of the way?
Blech.

Drambuie all the way here... and you have given me some bad ideas about what I could do with those bars and corks.

I think that aerolevers would look stupid on my 1951 CCM.
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Nobody suggested that you put aero levers on your stupid CCM.
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I've got mine flipped as well. I didn't like the drop. Upside down, they are very similar to North Road bars. I'm running barcons as well. I would have run Aero levers if I had some, instead I used some old Mafac levers that I had gotten in a trade.

My bars are road bike diameter which prevents using MTB levers.


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Nobody suggested that you put aero levers on your stupid CCM.
No... but the point is that on some bikes the aero levers might work very well but they would look out of place.
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No... but the point is that on some bikes the aero levers might work very well but they would look out of place.
which to sum up, is stupid.
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I've got mine flipped as well. I didn't like the drop. Upside down, they are very similar to North Road bars. I'm running barcons as well. I would have run Aero levers if I had some, instead I used some old Mafac levers that I had gotten in a trade.

My bars are road bike diameter which prevents using MTB levers.

In my unprofessional opinion, that bike is way too big for the lad. And, If I might add, that trailer bike he pulls you with is probably too small for you as well. JMO.
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It must be happy there, hasn't moved in 2 years.
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It must be happy there, hasn't moved in 2 years.
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Cable routing leaves a little to be desired, since I didn't change the length of the housing when I switched from drops to 'staches.

Otherwise, I love em.


BTW, the reason people don't use MTB levers is because 99% of mustache bars are road-diameter. Beyond that, the main curse of the bar is typically the most comfortable riding position (analogous to the hoods on a drop bar bike) and the road brakes work particularly well with that position. Also, like someone mentioned, the hoods themselves are another usable position (although more of a tucked, aero position than most hoods).
There was an XO-series bike that had MTB diameter mustache bars. The brakes were on the straight section near the end of the bars, like on a cruiser. Even these, though, came with dummy hoods so you don't lose the extra hand positions.
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Here's a bad webcam picture I just shot.

What's the appeal of moustache handlebars? Lots of positions but no drop? I have Delta Ergo bars, and I love them for that.
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