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    Randonneur handlebars?

    What's the deal?

    Will they make my wildest dreams come true?

    ....Edited to add: I am looking for suggestions for drop bars for dudes with big hands.

    I am using Salsa Bell Laps and my hands get numb in the drops, I think it's because the curve isn't deep enough..
    Last edited by dirty tiger; 06-22-12 at 06:15 PM. Reason: clarity of post

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    Seriously, I am intrigued by the upsweep. I imagine they are strong and comfortable. Are they nice for just everyday riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    What's the deal?

    Will they make my wildest dreams come true?
    Sure.
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    Lol, I don't even know what you are talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    Lol, I don't even know what you are talking about.
    That makes two of us...

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    wrong link
    Last edited by dirty tiger; 06-22-12 at 06:01 PM. Reason: wrong link

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    Having followed the link you provided, I'm trying to figure out if your "wildest dreams" are sick or lame...

    If you want them, get them.
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    They are my favourite type of drop bars and feature predominantly on many of my bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    They are my favourite type of drop bars and feature predominantly on many of my bikes.
    Which ones are you using or like best? I'm considering replacing the Salsa Bell Lap on my LHT with a set of the VO rando bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    They are my favourite type of drop bars and feature predominantly on many of my bikes.
    After some light googling, I see that the upsweep is intended to give added comfort while riding the hoods. How comfy are the drops?

    Right now I am using Salsa Bell Laps and my hands get numb in the drops, I like the body position...feels great on my back, but numbs hands really bum me out. FTR I wear XXL gloves, I have freak hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Having followed the link you provided, I'm trying to figure out if your "wildest dreams" are sick or lame...

    If you want them, get them.
    I goofed. I meant these... http://www.compasscycle.com/handlebars_gb_rand.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dehoff View Post
    Which ones are you using or like best? I'm considering replacing the Salsa Bell Lap on my LHT with a set of the VO rando bars.
    I have Nitto B115 bars on my folding touring bike which is a little more Italian in it's style with a deeper drop, Nitto Grand Randonneur bars are on my Cascade touring bike and these are styled very closely to the classic GB Rando bars I have on my Raleigh Gran Sport, and the Sakae Road Champion rando bar is also very classic in that is also has a shallower drop than the B115. I used these on my fixed road bike for tens of thousands of miles and liked them for out of the saddle climbing from the drops.

    Am thinking that my folder will get a spare set of GB bars I have just to keep things British and because I like these so much.

    I hear many nice things about the VO rando bars but they are something you will want to try for yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    After some light googling, I see that the upsweep is intended to give added comfort while riding the hoods. How comfy are the drops?

    Right now I am using Salsa Bell Laps and my hands get numb in the drops, I like the body position...feels great on my back, but numbs hands really bum me out. FTR I wear XXL gloves, I have freak hands.
    How comfy you are in the drops is a function of many things... your physical condition is quite important as is the placement and position of the bars.

    Look at most touring and rando bikes and you will see they most often have a level saddle to bar position which brings the drops up and makes them more useful for extended periods of riding in the drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Having followed the link you provided, I'm trying to figure out if your "wildest dreams" are sick or lame...

    If you want them, get them.
    Dadgum, I think I want to see that link. Sick and lame always gets my attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    What's the deal?

    Will they make my wildest dreams come true?
    That's a lot to ask from a handlebar.

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    As a replacement for the original bars on the Trek1420 i have Nitto Noodle B177 http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=3832

    I like them

    Something i just found
    http://biketouringnews.com/bike-and-.../4-handlebars/
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    What's the deal?

    Will they make my wildest dreams come true?

    ....Edited to add: I am looking for suggestions for drop bars for dudes with big hands.

    I am using Salsa Bell Laps and my hands get numb in the drops, I think it's because the curve isn't deep enough..
    You should probably re-post this in the Long Distance Forum. You would get more views from ppl that use them. They didnt work for me. I found pleasure with the Zipp SL2 Traditional Bend Aluminum bars. They have a nice deep drop, med reach, and come in 46cm width.

    PS. I'm a big linebacker type guy with wide shoulders and big hands.
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    My 85 Specialized Expedition had a Nitto made set
    [I put a fat grab-on sleeve on top, fwiw]
    top ramp is long, I have found the older brake levers set up
    higher (on the drop downward bend) OK,
    drop bend is flared out , so width on the bottom is wider
    than width on the top
    so a 46 is about a 38 on top, but in the drops you have wrist clearance
    outside the top, forward, curve..
    I use Bar end shifters, might not be as suitable for brifter users.
    long ramp + long brake hood puts the lever quite a ways off, in reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    What's the deal?

    Will they make my wildest dreams come true?

    ....Edited to add: I am looking for suggestions for drop bars for dudes with big hands.

    I am using Salsa Bell Laps and my hands get numb in the drops, I think it's because the curve isn't deep enough..
    They hurt my wrists, I've taken them off a few bikes and replaced with traditional drops.

    Big hands, (and perhaps wide pit to pit)? Have you considered something unconventional like the Salsa Woodchippers? http://www.jensonusa.com/Salsa-Moto-...ipper-Drop-Bar (The 25.4 size is hard to find, discontinued)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    That's a lot to ask from a handlebar.
    Maybe his dreams are pretty tame compared to yours. You Retro Grouches are known for being wild and crazy people.
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    I have a couple of pair of the Compass Cycles bars and one pair from V/O. I prefer the Compass ones as the V/O ones flair more at the bottom which makes the brake levers stick out at an odd-looking angle.

    I haven't noticed any improvement in comfort on the drops with either one as compared with standard bars. But I don't ride the drops much anyway. The main advantage, IMO, is that they add an inch or so of height, meaning the stem doesn't have to stick out as much - or that you can get more height if your stem is already maxed. I also like that the ramps (above the brake hoods) offer a more secure and comfortable grip than do standard bars - but I understand the "Maes" bend from Compass accomplish the same thing without the upward bend.

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    I must admit, I actually find them to be attractive handlebars.

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    Sooo, are the handlebars themselves the problem or do you just need to adjust your position on the bike, or use a different style tape/padding, gloves maybe?? If you want new bars thats cool too but that may not solve your issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirty tiger View Post
    I must admit, I actually find them to be attractive handlebars.
    Then they probably will make your wildest dreams come true. (Don't forget the lube.)

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