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.
Last edited by EM42; 06-25-10 at 03:23 PM.