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    frame geometry/handlebar combos... what works?

    This question is for people who have experimented with different handlebars on different types of bikes. I have heard that it is not fun to have relaxed, pulled back style handlebars (north road bars) on a road bike with steeper angles. Why might this be? What other combinations might make some sense or no sense?

    Mountain bike frame with drop bars?
    Old (relaxed geometry) 3 speed frame with drop bars?
    any road bike with moustache bars?

    How would you determine what might be a good idea, and what might not?

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    I've ridden with the following on my hybrid, Kona Dew frame:

    Nitto noodle 48 cm drop bars (relaxed touring drop)
    Nitto moustache bars
    Nashbar moustache bars
    Kona flat MTB bars

    All worked just fine and had good control. I've ended up with the Nitto moustache bars after trying all.

    I've also tried all the following on my racing frame:

    TTT 44 cm drops (classic racing drop)
    Nitto noodle 48 cm drops (relaxed touring drop)

    I ended up using the 48 cm Nitto Noodles for comfort.

    Determine what you like via trial & error - there's no reason not to have any type bars you like on any type frame you like. The only caveat would be for off-road riding where you may need either minimum width for clearance or maximum width for control.

    The STEM on the bike seems to have more effect on fit than the bars themselves. Getting the right distance from the seat and pedals is of primary importance for efficiency and/or comfort. Not all bars will work with all stems.

    Moustache bars have hand positions more forward than do road bars, and thus I find that they (moustache bars) work best for me with shorter stems. I'm also sensitive to handlebar height. I like my bars high! For this reason, stem angle is also a critical parameter for me. You'll just need to experiment to see what works for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 Speed
    This question is for people who have experimented with different handlebars on different types of bikes.
    How would you determine what might be a good idea, and what might not?
    ....exactly that, experimentation. Frame geometry never came into play whether if I wanted to experiment with these bars or those bars......I tried to make them work by trying different types of stems....
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