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Old 03-08-17, 08:48 AM   #1
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Would Nitto Noodles make a big difference?

I used to tour a lot on my (appropriately, professionally fitted LHT) and in the last two years, got really fed up with the position. I had wrist pains, and some back pains. I switched to a more upright bike - a Surly Troll - and am enjoying it for bounces around town, and have no pain (especially with ergo grips!) but I do miss that streamlined more "road bike" feeling that I used to have.

I've recently thought - maybe the LHT stock bars (ritchey) aren't the best, and I should go for wide Nitto Noodles, the bars everyone claims are "made for people who don't like drops". I mostly ride in the hoods or on the flats; so I thought, maybe I should buy a pair of Noodles and see whats up.

My question is: are they as game-changing as all the various forum threads make it out to be?
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I don't know if they are game changing, but I have the Nitto Noodle on my Raleigh and I like them a lot better than the stock bars on the LHT I just bought. I ordered a Nitto Noodle for my LHT and will be replacing the stock bars.
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I like rando-ish handlebars. You could also try MTB-style drops like a Junebug or Gator...

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I have 48 wide Nitto bars and a quite short extension stem , with a long Quill ..


But my main daily use bikes have trekking bars.. they are higher than the saddle.. I Reach forward, on the figure 8 bend in a headwind..


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Old 03-08-17, 03:21 PM   #5
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Yeah, thats the toughy - I like the upright-ish jones h-bar.. But also miss the sleek hoods-riding. Was thinking of a wide-ass noodle being more open and better on wrists/back...
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The Noodle bars on my Raleigh are 44cm wide and I wouldn't want them wider than that. I am not a big guy though. The tops have a bend/sweep towards you. I also have them raised pretty high with cross levers on the tops. If you are going to order cross levers (interrupters), the bar is 24.0mm where they clamp on. Soma Urban cross levers are available in the right size.
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Nitto Noodles are my favorite bars, but I think you'd just have to raise the bars to fix the problems you're having. If you don't want to buy a new fork, a few companies make steerer tube extenders (I have one by Soma). I feel like professional fitters always put the bars way too low.
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I prefer the Nitto Randonneur Road Bar, the up-swept tops allow plenty of hand positions and take some pressure off my shoulders:
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Thanks for the suggestions, all!

Its annoying you can't just test a bar and return it if you don't like it... because you will have installed it, scuffed it, put pressure on it, etc...
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Thanks for the suggestions, all!

Its annoying you can't just test a bar and return it if you don't like it... because you will have installed it, scuffed it, put pressure on it, etc...
Buy from REI
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Its an option for sure.. but then the LBS doesn't get money. I guess you can always buy from REI, test, return and THEN buy from LBS \_(ツ)_/
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I wish everyone had that option of buying from them in an actual store. The closest one to me is 3+ hours away. Of course the OP is right near the flagship store in SoHo. Lucky!
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REI started in Seattle Washington.
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REI started in Seattle Washington.
Their website calls the NYC SoHo store a "flagship" store, whatever that means.
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Major cities in several states can each have "Flagship " stores and smaller ones, in other towns in that state..


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If you toured a lot in the past with the same/similar set up, perhaps it is not the bars that are the problem. I know that if I do not supplement my cycling with other strengthening and flexibility work, I can get in trouble.
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New York City was founded as a trading post in 1624 and named New Amsterdam in 1626.
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If you toured a lot in the past with the same/similar set up, perhaps it is not the bars that are the problem. I know that if I do not supplement my cycling with other strengthening and flexibility work, I can get in trouble.
Yes, with age the body aches more and needs more flexibility and strength training - even if I commute daily on my bike.

I just thought, because I read so much about how the Noodles are both "standard" drop bars - but also magically different in so many ways - it might be a dream solution. Oh well!
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If you mean the B177, that are a nice bar, love them on my racers.

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I put the Salsa Woodchipper bar on my LHT. Love it!
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I put the Salsa Woodchipper bar on my LHT. Love it!
OOh these look nice. Any pics? And they worked with the brake/canti/shifters out of the box?
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It's disappointing when someone waxes enthusiastically about "unique" bars only to do a search, and find out they're nothing more than another variation of drops.
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Here is a blog article by someone else with several pictures.

Highway550 - Surly Long Haul Trucker: Woodchipper Bar
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I had the Noodle on a touring bike and I was not overwhelmed. Nothing wrong with them and the shiny silver was appropriate for the bike, but I prefer the Ritchey bars on my other bikes. Worth trying if you are curious, easy to sell if they don't suit you.
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