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Old 03-22-07, 08:23 PM   #1
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NITTO Noodle Bars

My fellow Clydesdales,

With all the threads springing up on handlebar preferences, positions, and whatnot, I just wanted some clarification. It all started with this thread for me:

Where are your hands on the bar when you ride?

As mentioned in the above thread, I really prefer riding the curvy part of the tops of the drops...if you get my drift. That's where my hands are positioned about 80% of the time. Not the hoods, not the flat tops, and not the drops. I still use the other 3 positions based on just switching hand positions, climbing leverage, or AERO tucks for headwinds/downhills, etc.



My preferred hand position is the second picture from the left above.

Anyway, I was wondering, are there any NITTO Noodle users here? And if so, is that part really comfortable on your hands? The reason I ask is because the description for the bars on the Rivendell Bicycles website (http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/handl...ape/16111.html) has led me to believe that it would be the perfect road handlebar for a rider like me. That curvy part wasn't so comfortable on the Bianchi San Jose I test rode a while ago...but it's real comfortable on the 1970's 10-speed I rode into the ground.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-22-07, 08:33 PM   #2
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I know it's expensive, but I love my FSA carbon K-wing bars. They have a flat spot behind the hoods just in the spot you mentioned which is a great place to ride. The flatter and slightly wider area really helps to spread out my weight and put less pressure on my hands. When I bought them I was questioning my own motivation--did I buy them for the bling or were they worth the money? They are worth it and if I broke them in a crash I would buy them again.
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My fellow Clydesdales,

With all the threads springing up on handlebar preferences, positions, and whatnot, I just wanted some clarification. It all started with this thread for me:

Where are your hands on the bar when you ride?

As mentioned in the above thread, I really prefer riding the curvy part of the tops of the drops...if you get my drift. That's where my hands are positioned about 80% of the time. Not the hoods, not the flat tops, and not the drops. I still use the other 3 positions based on just switching hand positions, climbing leverage, or AERO tucks for headwinds/downhills, etc.



My preferred hand position is the second picture from the left above.

Anyway, I was wondering, are there any NITTO Noodle users here? And if so, is that part really comfortable on your hands? The reason I ask is because the description for the bars on the Rivendell Bicycles website (http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/handl...ape/16111.html) has led me to believe that it would be the perfect road handlebar for a rider like me. That curvy part wasn't so comfortable on the Bianchi San Jose I test rode a while ago...but it's real comfortable on the 1970's 10-speed I rode into the ground.

Thanks in advance.
I have two bikes set up with noodle bars and like them very much. You may be finding the curve is comfortable because your stem is too long or too low....usually the hoods are the sweet spot for most riders, due to the handshake position relieving pressure on the ulnar nerve. In any case, I use the whole bar and change positions fairly often, depending on terrain or wind. I have my noodle bar set up about 1.5 inches higher than the saddle and this allows me to ride on the drops for alot longer and be super comfortable on the hoods, the curve, or the flat. The important part about comfort is not having to grip the bars to stay in place. This requires a bar that has a flat spot behind the hoods and still allows the drops to be at the right angle without angling down too much. The noodle bar, as you know, allows all this and more. Most cyclers won't raise their bars for fear of it not "looking right" but they are missing out IMHO!!!.

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Hoods always felt funny to me, and it has nothing to do with body positioning either. And that's on bikes with stems that are...too short!
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I have the noodles on a neo-retro Bianchi I recently finished building. I really like them for the flat tops behind the hoods and the rotated-U shape (viewed from the side) which keeps the drops very close to horizontal. They feel good in every position, and I use them all.

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Noodle bar = good. Love both of mine. Yes, if you like to ride on the ramp behind the hoods, you will like the Noodle.
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...Anyway, I was wondering, are there any NITTO Noodle users here? And if so, is that part really comfortable on your hands?...
I LOVE Nitto noodles. The most comfy bar I've ever tried. I particluarly like the 48cm ones. I normally ride with my hands on the brakes, but that's just how my bikes are set up.
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+1 on the 48cm Noodle. 1st ride this past Saturday, very comfy compared to std 42's.
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I have 46cm Noodles. Great bar and very comfortable all around. They are going on all my future projects.



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Okay. Thanks fellas. I think I'll go with the 44cm version. I have pretty broad shoulders for a guy at my height, but I'm thinking that the 46 and 48cm versions might be a tad too long for me.
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Okay. Thanks fellas. I think I'll go with the 44cm version. I have pretty broad shoulders for a guy at my height, but I'm thinking that the 46 and 48cm versions might be a tad too long for me.
If your order is placed, then this is academic, but I'd strongly encourage you to go with at least a 46cm model. The "old" theory on bars is that they should be the width of your shoulders. There was no science that I know of behind the theory, but it got enshrined in bike lore and just stuck. Racers often violate the theory because narrower is more aerodynamic. Everybody else should also violate the theory too (per me ), but in the opposite direction! The wider the bars, the more leverage you have to control the bike. This isn't noticable until you have a half-century to do. Then, your arms and shoulders seem less tired at the end of the day with the wider bars. I think that the extra leverage makes the difference. I'm 6'2" tall with long arms and I really LIKE the 48cm bars. I didn't expect to, but having tried them, I'll never ride anything else. I encourage you to go with the 48cm (or at least the 46cm) Nitto Noodles. If you don't like them, you can e-Bay them away for almost what they cost you & get narrower ones. If you just get the narrower bars, you'll never know whether you'd like the wide ones! The cost of the experiment is minimal and I think that once you try the wide bars that you (like myself and others who have gone this route) will be sold on the wider bars forever. Happy shopping!
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I haven't actually placed an order on the bars yet, but I'm just 5'8.5"
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o.k.

Not to be contrary but going against all of Grants comments I ordered a 41cm and have a 44cm on another bike. I like the narrower 41cm model and its the bar I ride the most. I actually get less to no cramping, between my shoulder blades and somehow my elbows stay unafflicted with pain also. I injured my right elbow pounding nails and find the narrower position on the hoods keeps my elbow more in line with my shoulder and somehow it feels better plus I am not as bent over for a given stem height with a narrower bar/grip position.
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