Needing more power Scotty
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northern New England (USA)
Bikes: 2006 Trek T-80 (commuter) 1982 Bianchi SS (classic 12 speed)
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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.