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Old 07-24-08, 02:05 PM   #1
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Advice Wanted: Pimp my Bike

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'm ready to get my experiment on...!
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Old 07-24-08, 02:25 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 07-24-08, 03:05 PM   #3
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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.
All of these bars are typically MTB diameter. You will have no problem with transferring your levers. Its drop bars that give people problems because they have a larger diameter.
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