Cool, I was curious about how treking bars should be set up. I've considered getting a set my self since the single hand postion straight bars on my MTB commuter get a bit uncomfortable on long rides. I need a few more hand positions in order to be able to use that bike as longer distance treking rig.
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I got some Scott AT bars, but I want your same setup eventually (with the Ergon grips, right?).
Looks good. I have the same bars and love them! Did you have much problems getting the ergo grips on? I like those, I may try something similar after the current bar tape wears out.
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Yes, those are the Ergon grips. I got them from REI.com. They were snug, but went on without a fuss. I haven't gone on any long trips, but LOVE this setup so far. Pretty inexpensive upgrade too.
Is there enough room on the bars for your thumb shifters and brakes and the Ergon grip? That's what I'm worried about.
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As an update. I love these handlebars! I don't think I could ever go back...
Thanks for the pics.
I've been considering something similar with XT brifters.
Which bar is that?
love mine as well. I've been in the saddle for 14 hours before and had no shoulder pain because of all the hand positions.
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These are Nashbar Trekking bars. I paid $17 for them.
The Ergons are MP1's (M=Male I think). $28 at REI.
The tape is cork, bought locally for $17.
Which means the whole set-up cost less than a tank of gas . I haven't been in the saddle for anywhere near 14 hours , but they are more than adequate for my 1/2 hour commute, and 2 hour weekend rides. The stem is set quite high, and the bars are fairly flat. I think when the weather gets nicer, I will lower the stem and tilt the bars back a slight bit, which should put me in a little better aero position, and alleviate the strain on the cables.
I dare say, that I have a goal of building a touring or cyclocross bike if I can get below clyde status as a present to myself, and I would use these bars over drop bars. I've never really used the drops, and I do use all three positions on these bars routinely. I use the closer Ergon position for leisure, and downhills (so my hands are in the braking position), or if I see something I don't like (same reason). I use the "forward position" for aerodynamics on straights. I use the "sides" of the butterfly for climbing. I find that I white knuckle it less in the climbs and just use my fingers for a side to side motion out of the saddle. I immediately was drawn to getting out of the saddle more with these bars over the hybrid bars. Which I believe has helped in increasing my fitness for climbing.
hey i recognize those bars...hows it going?
I use moustache h-bars right now, but trekking bars are tied for my favorite bars I've ever used. Very versatile and lots of room for commuting goodies, too.
If you had your hands on the front part, could you rest your elbows/forearms on the rear part similar to aero bars? I really like your set up.
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