I originally posted this on the GCD forum, but since commuters seems to do alot of the Dr Frankenstein work with their bikes, I thought I'd throw it out to you!
I have a mountain bike that is my commuter bike. I really want to get some sort of multiposition handlebar set-up, my wrists are killing me lately...
I like the Titec H-Bar, the Nashbar trekking bar, and moustache bars. It is my understanding that the shifters can be a problem when you swap out for any of these bars.
Maybe I should tell you guys about the stem/handlebar set-up, too, as I am a bit of a novice when it comes to bicycle genetic engineering...!
Current Handlebar: Truvativ Allot Riser 640 x 45 rise
Stem: Haro Welded Allot Clamp-on
Shifters: Shimano Alivio Rapid-fire + 8-speed
Brake Lever: Tektro e-clip bushing (attached to basic disc brakes...)
Accessories: Mini-bell, Knog mini-LED headlight, bar-end mirror (I realize that I'll need to find an alternative mirror
CURRENT FEEL: Right now I feel I might be more comfortable reaching a bit further than where the bar is right now... The elbow-out position that the riser bar forces me into gets tiring on my wrists. I guess the hardest part is that I don't know anyone with a trekking/moustache/H-Bar to get an idea of the most ideal set-up and try them out. I do know that lately I've been resting with my forearms perpendicular to the handlebar when I am just cruising in the straight/flat sections of my typical routes (almost like a tri bike)...
Can you help me form a checklist of what I would need to switch to any of these multi-position bars?
I don't know enough to give advice specific to your set-up, but I have a hybrid that came with flat-ish mountain-style handlebars, and after I got tired of numb hands, I switched to the Nashbar trekking bars. My brake/shifters transferred fine. I also wanted a little more reach than my flat bars gave me, so I mounted my trekking bars with the open end towards the front of the bicycle (which is considered backwards by some). I don't think the trekking bars will make it to the next bike because I think the next bike will be set up for a slightly different riding position, but on my current bike I would hate to be without them.