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    New Butterfly Handlebars

    I just recently installed trekking/butterfly handlebars on my 2009 Trek 7.2 FX. I got them for $20 at Urbane Cyclist in Toronto, thanks to a tip from irclean. Previously, I was riding with the stock flat bars with Ergon grips. So far, I'm loving all the new hand positions. The forwardmost position is great for speeding downhill or combatting headwinds. It took a while to figure out how to arrange the brake levers and cables, but I think I found a setup that's right for me.


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    I just put the Nashbar version (they are in stock right now, btw) on my Fuji and with only 18 miles on them so far the jury is still out. They don't do anything instantly magical for me. Maybe they will prove their worth over a longer time period. Of course I did crash some weeks ago and while the ribs have pretty much healed I seem to be suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome now. Even that is easing quite a bit but my test ride with the new bars was marred by some cramping and numbness in my right arm that I think is due to the PCS rather than any deficiency in the handlebars. I may also need to adjust my setup some to get it dialed in properly. So, I am still optimistic that with time they will work well for me and if not there are other things I can try like the Titech J or H bar or even a set of aero bars on the flat bars that came with the bike. The flat bars do have some advantages as I found when I took the bike off road a bit. They give you great control, they just don't offer much in the way of comfort after about 25 miles. Right now the trekking bars have the chance to strut their stuff, they certainly do have a lot of options for hand positions.

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    Personally I do not like the wiggling of touring-bars. I feel less in control.
    Especially when braking, since they seem to put the brakes on the most wiggly part for some odd reason.
    I think, khutch, that you would feel a lot more in control and even a lot more comfortable with aerobars on a flatbar

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    Sumerian Street Rider khutch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    Personally I do not like the wiggling of touring-bars. I feel less in control.
    Especially when braking, since they seem to put the brakes on the most wiggly part for some odd reason.
    I think, khutch, that you would feel a lot more in control and even a lot more comfortable with aerobars on a flatbar
    I have not really noticed any wiggling so far. Maybe the Nashbar bar that I bought is stiffer than the ones you have tried or maybe after a couple of hundred miles I will see exactly what you are talking about. Traditionally the brake levers are mounted at the open ends of the trekking bar so there certainly is a long, if bent, lever arm to work on to produce wiggling. I suppose you could move them if you wanted to.

    I noticed someone driving around town with a flat bar/aerobar combination and then I saw a short thread about that combination somewhere here on the Bike Forum. If I wanted to do a lot of off roading on the bike I think that would be an excellent way to go, as would the Titec J and H bar. My LBS owner is slowly building a bike for his own use with the H bar. I'm waiting for him to finish it to give it a try, but he is rather busy with money earning work right now. I hopped on the trekking bar bandwagon mainly because Nashbar just got a new supply in was offering them for $15 plus $7 shipping. It was hard to turn that down.

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    Yeah it was a pretty cheap aluminium trekkingbar I used then, so that might explain the wigglyness, but still: I don't understand why they put the brakes on the least sturdy side. They seem good for doing long and comfortable distances at average speeds on asfalt roads, but I wouldn't want to do any offroad with them, nor would I want to go very fast on them either.
    Maybe it's an age-thing?

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    you can put the brakes any were you want on them. Nobody said you have to put them on the bar ends. There is an endless possibly of how to set up those bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
    you can put the brakes any were you want on them. Nobody said you have to put them on the bar ends. There is an endless possibly of how to set up those bars.
    It does indeed seem much better to put the brakes as you have put them, timber_8.
    It'll be better for doing difficult trails and needing to have both control and braking access at the same time, it seems to me.

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