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    Cafe-racer-ish handlebar - What do you think?

    I'm thinking about installing a cafe-racer style handlebar on my hybrid commuter. Looks like a more natural position and it's not as big as a moustache handlebar. What do you guys think?




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    Those bars look great but I'm sure they're expensive and custom made. Have a look at the FSA Metropolis bar in the flipped down position. It has a flattened area of the bar to grab when you want to be in a tuck position.

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    No way I'd spend twice the price of my bike in a handlebar!!!!

    I was thinking in a BBY (bend by yourself) solution. The idea is to bend mine to a similar shape and saw 2" from each side

    Mine looks like this one:

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    I put these on my converted italian job (torpado) $32 (might need shims for your application)

    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ar-22-2mm.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcz View Post
    I was thinking in a BBY (bend by yourself) solution. The idea is to bend mine to a similar shape and saw 2" from each side
    Not if it's aluminum. Don't bend aluminum tubes. Bending an Al tube enough to permanently change its shape weakens it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcz View Post
    No way I'd spend twice the price of my bike in a handlebar!!!!

    I was thinking in a BBY (bend by yourself) solution. The idea is to bend mine to a similar shape and saw 2" from each side

    Mine looks like this one:

    I have one of these that I cut 1.5in off each end and thinking of using it on one of my vintage restore projects. It narrows it up some and feels alot better. I wouldn't recommend bending the alloy ones though as mentioned above.
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    Run your riser bar upside down. It will get you in a speedier position and it has a cool, old timey "scorcher" look.

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    looks pretty cool, but i am not sure how comfortable it would be, i like my drop bars because of all the different hand positions. definitely cool though, i ran a pair of cafes on my moped before... haha


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    O,G, that Seven is a bad-as*ed SS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoKrpan View Post
    Run your riser bar upside down. It will get you in a speedier position and it has a cool, old timey "scorcher" look.

    That's what I thought yesterday. I will try it today on my commute and if it's nice, I'll cut off the ends.

    This is not aluminum, so if I feel that I need it a little more curved, I can bend it a little


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    Try this one :http://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condorina-bar... Not Ti, TW made of steel so affordable .

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    Ok guys, 2 commuting days later, my impressions so far

    - During the first day, my palm was hurting, probably due to the memory of the old position in the new situation.

    - Today my hands got better, since I pushed my torso a little more down and could unlock the elbows. But got my lower back burning a little at the end of the commuting (7km, but with a 66m/316ft height brigde in the middle). I believe it could be related to the new position.

    I'll do it like this for a couple of days to check if my 42yo body can handle the new position without complains

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    Forgot to tell the most important part. I'm much faster than before with the same apparent effort.

    Maybe my beer belly is pushing the legs down

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    Looks cool and space agey. If they are affordable I'd say go for it.

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    You will gain a position when you cut the ends off the bars. With the ergo grips, just holding the "end" of the bar with the heel of your hand on the wide part of the grip, is a pretty comfy position for me.

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    Just as an FYI, the bar shape in the OP's post and on the moped are properly called clubman bars (oft fitted to cafe racers) or Ace bars.
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    these guys make bars that look quite similar to what you have there and are usually quite reasonably priced. the German trekking bike makers love stuff made by them (adjustable stems ... recoil seat posts ... handlebars) so their quality must be quite good to go on €2000+ bikes sold to Germans.

    this is their handlebar selection and they can usually be ordered directly from the factory on eBay (in the US) ... I think they're more widely available in Canada

    http://issuu.com/artfile/docs/satori-eu2014
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    The bar look a lot like Luv Handles made by Rody Walters at Groovy cycle works.

    http://www.groovycycleworks.com/Pages/LuvHandles.aspx
    If it looks like the $3000 bikes but costs less than a decent helmet, it probably isn't a wise investment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milice View Post
    The bar look a lot like Luv Handles made by Rody Walters at Groovy cycle works.

    http://www.groovycycleworks.com/Pages/LuvHandles.aspx
    Hot! Sold!

    Thanks for the link!
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    Remember as it says there is a waiting list to get a set of bars. turn around time is not to bad and well woth the wait. I have 2 sets and and will be putting a TI set on order for next race season. also have a seatpost from him. Oh yea and the bike in my avatar, thats my Groovy!!
    If it looks like the $3000 bikes but costs less than a decent helmet, it probably isn't a wise investment.


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    I don't like it, but if it works for you and is more comfortable then give it a shot.

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