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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 07-24-10, 06:24 PM   #1
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Handlebars for some of the rest of us

I went through about 5 different handlebars trying to find what I wanted. Even considerd a custom bar, but you have to know the dimensions you want. And I don't weld, so I went Rube Goldberg on 4 stems and five pieces of tubing from spruce aircraft. I can adjust this thing in every possible direction - width, sweep, reach, rise - to dial in exactly what I want. Clyde needs wide, high and comfortable. Easier on my back, my wrists, etc. If my frame took a quill stem, I wouldn't have needed to assemble so many parts, but the threadless stems don't like to accomodate much in the way of rise, and I want more than most. It's not for the gram sensitive, and it isn't pretty but I can use the higher rise or the flat bar...006..jpg
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Old 07-24-10, 07:08 PM   #2
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Old 07-24-10, 07:44 PM   #3
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That is a cool way to figure it out. I too miss quill stems. Suggestion: put some handgrips on the ends of the lower bar and you'll have yourself another riding position for when you want to get a little bent over and tucked in (such as riding into the wind, or a long stretch of open road).
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What you want are Beach Cruiser bars. You'll drop about 3 pounds from that setup you've got going there and add a ton of safety.

At minimum, put some plugs in those 6 open bar ends. Aside from just being a way to hold the end of your bartape on a road bike, bar plugs are a safety precaution so that if you wreck, the bars don't act as a hole punch if you land on the end of it.
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Old 07-25-10, 03:51 PM   #5
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Those bars remind of the bars on my harley,,,,great ingenuity!!!!
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Old 07-25-10, 04:02 PM   #6
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These sort of do a nice Job . I have come to appreciate Trekking Bars ,
leaving the aero tuck for those 20 years younger.

Once the leverage of much rise is added I like DH stems with the clamping load shared by 4 or more Bolts.

I got an Azonic one with 6 bolts clamping the open face of the stem.
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Old 08-07-10, 11:21 AM   #7
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thats the way! make your own design!
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