New handlebar for my Dahon Speed Pro, advice needed!
When biking longer than 15-20 km on my speed pro (which I do every day as my commute is 25 km one way) my thumbs kinda starts hurting. I find the handle bar too straight simply and would have it a bit angled. I don't want to spend that much money so I would prefer if I can keep the stock shifter. There is of course the option of getting a standard 3-speed handlebar but I already now feel a bit cramped in length so I am thinking maybe mustache bar but then I have to change the brake levers.
Make sure you get a bar with a 25.4 clamp diameter, and not the larger 31.8...
I like Universal Cycles site to get a good idea of what is out there:
here's some more exotic shaped bars
There are some cheapie options too if you look for them
I can't find the one I recalled from Nashbar any more, but Universal shows some "Kalloy" 15 degree 27 degree
Seems like around $10-$20 for the cheapies, $30 or so for the Salsa's, and $75+ for the Syntace. The difference probably comes down to weight (higher cost, lighter bar), appearance/style, and possibly construction quality. Good luck, cheers!
Description: "It's a wide wide flat bar ... ideal for anyone that wants a tough wide flat bar. Specs are:- 15 deg back sweep. 20mm forward offset to negate the "stem shortening" effect of the big sweep back. 105mm straight centre section - for clamping lights and stuff on in the middle. 716.7mm (28.2in) length - designed to be cut down as you wish. 6061-T6 (bend not snap) alloy. 330g on my wifes cooking scales at full width."