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Old 01-07-08, 12:07 AM   #1
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Van Dessel moustache bar

Anyone ride with one?

http://www.vandesselsports.com/accessories.php

44cm so its a whole lot narrower than the others (which I think I like) and its also 22.2mm lever clamp for MTB levers. Im thinking about putting levers in the grip area on the straights but don't know if that would be comfortable as a primary position.
Its either these or Nitto North Road.
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That might be your only position. Can you get the MTB levers and shifters past the first curve?

For what it's worth, I'm using the Nitto moustache bar, which is sized for STIs. I like it quite well, but there's not much choice in hand positions.
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I suppose you are right, MTB levers probably wouldn't make it over the bend. I'm thinking maybe though theres not enough angle to the ends. Looks like they're basically at a 0 degree angle opposed to a North Road bar which is something like a 40 degree
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Soma makes the sparrowbar. A little wider than the vandessel but narrower than most others.

http://www.somafab.com/bars.html
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Don't know the Van Dessel, but I've been riding for a couple of years with a Nitto mustache, which is similar. I had it on my Atlantis initially, but as another post mentioned, the choice of hand positions is surprisingly small. There's nothing equivalent to riding on the top of a drop bar, where I spend most of my time. I finally switched the Mustache to my singlespeed, which I use for shorter rides around town, and I like it there.
Be wary of going to a narrower bar, though. After years of experimenting, I've found that I'm most comfortable with 48-50cm (hard as hell to find; I don't know what I'm going to do when I have to replace mine). I'm a Clydesdale, 6'4" and 240, but anything narrower than 48 feels cramped to me now.
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I have a mustache style bar, which came standard on my Jamis Commuter 3.0. It felt strange at first, but my hands stay relaxed and it is very comfortable. However, I agree with the others that hand positions are extremely limited.
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Soma makes the sparrowbar. A little wider than the vandessel but narrower than most others.

http://www.somafab.com/bars.html
That bar is awesome. I ride it on my main bike, sometimes wrapped, sometimes with grips. The shifters won't fit past the curve, but it's a pretty tight bend compared to moustache bars. It's nice and narrow, but the ends are long enough that if you wanted to hack an inch or so off the ends, you could probably still fit the levers and grips. I'm considering doing it on mine; I like a really, really narrow bar.

ETA: I have the wider 520mm, so I'm assuming that the 490mm is probably not big enough to trim the ends.
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