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Old 06-25-10, 01:19 PM   #1
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Handlebars?

Hello,

I'm relatively new to the folder world (don't even have one yet). I'm trying to work up a build with BF and I'm wondering what sorts of handlebars people like.

I currently have Nitto Albatross bars on my full-size bike and really like them. I'm considering something similar on a folder, but I wonder if others have differing opinions.

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PS-This bike will primarily be used for commuting and touring.
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Hello,

I'm relatively new to the folder world (don't even have one yet). I'm trying to work up a build with BF and I'm wondering what sorts of handlebars people like.

I currently have Nitto Albatross bars on my full-size bike and really like them. I'm considering something similar on a folder, but I wonder if others have differing opinions.

Thanks

PS-This bike will primarily be used for commuting and touring.
I would stick with the bars you are familiar with. Bike FRiday can split a lot of bars for better packing.
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a BF when you get one should be able to get fitted with whatever bars you want either a drop bar for long distance touring[hunched high speed riding position] and for long distance upright riding a Nitto Albatross/dove/moustache type bar is the best
straight bars are not so comfy on long rides your wrist will hurt.

basically a touring type bar in my opinion is the best overall type of bar

i have friends that have the same exact bike as i have a folding raleigh twenty that normally comes with straight type riser bar and mine fitted with a moustache type touring bars and when they ride mine they ask "how come your bike rides differently?" and i answer "its the handlebars" yes indeed the handlebars can change the way a bicycle feels and rides and its noticeable when you try it.

see the bars installed on this one is almost like but not quite a nitto albatross/northroad bar[a handlebar that your already familiar with and probably like]
handlebars that have the grip part bends to parallel the frame are the most comfortable
this includes the cruiser/nitto bars, moustache bars and even road drop bars that has grips that bends parallel to the frame
they provide the most comfort.

handlebars that has the grip part perpendicular to the frame is the least comfortable[ in my opnion]

the moustache/cruiser bars have been around over a 100 years in use and design and its no wonder why as they are the most ergonomically correct configuration and those type of bar design are coming back recently more because of style than ergonomics.

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seems to me 'Albatross' thru Nitto, is a Rivendale/ Grant -isim for a north road from many other sources, , a common bend used on millions of utility bikes.

I do own a pair of the thinwall Chromoly seabird named ones , but not on a folder..
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Nice twenty!

Thanks for the replies. I definitely agree that the North Road-type bars are the more comfortable than straight bars. I think they win in the style department, too
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Jitensha in Berkely has Nitto bend bars for his shop, another curvy bend , not as much rise,but that can be added to the steer column height.

J&B has Origin-8 brand and some curvy bars are made for their distribution company ,& Merry Sales / 'Soma' has some interesting handlebar bends on offer..
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Jitensha in Berkely has Nitto bend bars for his shop, another curvy bend , not as much rise,but that can be added to the steer column height.

J&B has Origin-8 brand and some curvy bars are made for their distribution company ,& Merry Sales / 'Soma' has some interesting handlebar bends on offer..
I forgot about Jitensha. I had contacted the owner of that shop regarding some bars. Maybe, I will go that way.

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velo-orange in Maryland Rivendell bike in Norcal. is also a good source for handlebars and other great goodies you won't find anywhere im sure you'll find many other things there other than handlebars that you will want so be warned


check here..

http://www.velo-orange.com/haandst.html
http://www.rivbike.com//
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http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/handlebar.htm

its almost like seats .... some folks prefer straight bars, than drop bars or curved bars
the good thing is they are all available and fit on our folders
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I had good experience with the BF STI Touring Bar (with grip shifters and with trigger shifters, never tried with brifters).

http://community.bikefriday.com/faq?question=1710
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I like nitto 115, which is about the only currently made deep bend drop bars available in 25.4mm.
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Stock Raleigh Twentys came with a sort of high rise ape hanger style bar. I installed the same on my mini velo Schwinn Qualifier. If you want the bars up high, a stem may not raise a bar where you need it.
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does anyone have this "exact" type of Raleigh Twenty handlebars as shown that they want to part with please PM me
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I have one... but I can't part with it. Your best bet is a high rise Wald ape hanger bar!

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I think Electra makes a Townine bar that is alloy. https://www.electrabike.com/store/
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