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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-19-06, 02:08 PM   #1
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New bars

has anyone tried them?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...B%20Handlebars
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Old 12-19-06, 04:29 PM   #2
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Those are the Trekking bars I've been talking about. All the advantages of both flat bars and drops (Well, except the dropping into the drops one! ). Multiple hand positions and a more upright riding position.

Comfortable and good control like a set of flats, but less pain and numbness in the hands and wrists!
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Old 12-19-06, 09:46 PM   #3
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Harris Cycling (aka where Sheldon Brown works) was selling those for years. Thinking about getting them for my folding bike.
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Old 12-20-06, 09:19 AM   #4
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I've been riding with a set since May and I really like them. I ride a fairly long commute everyday and they arre very convenient for that. I have also done several loaded tours with them and they really are comfortable. I ride both pavement and gravel and dirt paths and in both conditions they handle very well and really help reduce hand strain. I have not ridden in snow and ice with them yet, but I don't foresee any problems. Besides they are so cheap its an inexpensive experiment.
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I have a set on a hybrid that I use for short tour stuff and I prefer them much more than flat bar that came stock. Lots of hand position and very confortable. There are different ways to mount the bar and equipment. You may need to experiment to see what you like best. In the end, I mounted mine with the open segment to the rear and slanted down. However, I have seen other arrangements also. Do a search on trekking bars in this forum and you will find several threads on that type of bar along with pictures of how different people set it up. I think people usually add bar tape also (I did).
I got mine via eBay. No brand was noted on the eBay listing but when they arrived, they had Nashbar tags and marking.
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Old 12-22-06, 04:03 AM   #6
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Certainly worth the purchase!

I use them for a 20 mile commute each way and touring. I used to get all kinds of issues with flat bars like the nerve numbness along the sides of my hands. You can also find them searching for butterfly bars/trekking bars. Here is a pic of my commuter with them hooked up.

http://www.crankk.com/pics/commuter.jpg

Make the switch. You will be very happy with them I am sure.
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I am seriously considering the same. After riding my bike for a while with risers, even with bar ends, I can definitely see the advantage of bars like these. Just to confirm, for those that have them, your standard mountain bike shifters/levers worked just fine with these?
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My stock levers and thumb shifters (Shimano) worked fine but I had to experiment with different positions before I was done.
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My stock levers and thumb shifters (Shimano) worked fine but I had to experiment with different positions before I was done.
Ditto....
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