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    what bars?

    what bars are ya'll using?
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    Currently road bars - TTT oversized. I've been using aerobars for Brevet's as it is nice to have an extra position or 2, but I did so much climbing on my DNF 600k that I doubted having them along. (I did use them alot when I was really tired...)

    I'm debating bullhorns with aerobars on my new IF brevet bike. I'll use bar ends on the ends of the horns, with regular brake levers. Still debating though - picking up some to try before I commit.

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    Ritchey WCS Oversized 42cm bars with Syntace C2 Aerobars.
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    Nitto Mod. 177 Noodle bars - 46cm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudmeister
    Nitto Mod. 177 Noodle bars - 46cm
    Those seem to be pretty popular in the touring crew here on BF.

    I'm intrigued to try out Nitto Moustache bars, but the hand positions look awkward (aka bent wrists). If I'm going to do these rides single speed though... maybe its a good investment.
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    Nitto Randonneuring bars.

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    I've grown partial to the On-One Midges. Really like the flaring out, makes for a very comforting hood position. The shallow drop makes riding down there much more pleasant.

    I do have a set of the Nitto Randonneurs on my X-Check fix. I got them before I went with the Midges, thier comfortable but now that I've had the Midges, they win hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tibikefor2
    Syntace C2 Aerobars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neist
    Those seem to be pretty popular in the touring crew here on BF.

    I'm intrigued to try out Nitto Moustache bars, but the hand positions look awkward (aka bent wrists). If I'm going to do these rides single speed though... maybe its a good investment.
    The Moustache bars are suprisingly comfy. Not sure how I'd like em for looooong rides though. The folks who did the Boston 600k fixed all had road bars.

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    I've used ther Moustache bars & I like them, but my wrists would get tired after around 80 miles. Currently I have a set on my tandem.


    Quote Originally Posted by Neist
    Those seem to be pretty popular in the touring crew here on BF.

    I'm intrigued to try out Nitto Moustache bars, but the hand positions look awkward (aka bent wrists). If I'm going to do these rides single speed though... maybe its a good investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike
    The Moustache bars are suprisingly comfy. Not sure how I'd like em for looooong rides though. The folks who did the Boston 600k fixed all had road bars.
    I've got a set of m-bars on both a Bridgestone X03 and a Raleigh Comp conversion. Love em on the X), hate em on the Raleigh. You gotta have the right stem height and extension to make em work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neist
    Those seem to be pretty popular in the touring crew here on BF.

    I'm intrigued to try out Nitto Moustache bars, but the hand positions look awkward (aka bent wrists). If I'm going to do these rides single speed though... maybe its a good investment.
    I have mustache bars on one of my bikes. They're comfy. Dobber's right. I had to get a stem extension to make 'em work.
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    What sort of stem extension do you need? I hear rather short and lifted upwards a bit. Is that true? I may have to go hunting for a 80mm or so stem.
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    I would use something in addition to the U-lock. Like a guy named Tony with a baseball bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber
    I've grown partial to the On-One Midges. Really like the flaring out, makes for a very comforting hood position. The shallow drop makes riding down there much more pleasant.

    I do have a set of the Nitto Randonneurs on my X-Check fix. I got them before I went with the Midges, thier comfortable but now that I've had the Midges, they win hands down.
    Really, you prefer the midges to the nitto rando 135's?

    I've just got some b-135's and they are a nice shape. Whilst I'm very interested in the midge's, the 56cm width throws up a bit of a mental barrier for me.

    Fancy convincing me otherwise?

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    i'm also a bigtime midge bar supporter. they're the only drop bar that i've used where every part of the bar is practical and usable. on standard drop bars, how often do you use the drops? most people these days (the days of STI shifting) only leave the hoods if they're fighting a really strong headwind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudmeister
    Nitto Mod. 177 Noodle bars - 46cm
    I'm having these installed today on my SS, in place of the stock moustache bars.
    I compared the Nitto moustache bars to the stock moustache bars, and they didn't seem that much different to me, and where I'm looking for more variety in riding positions, I decided to go with the Noodle drops. How long have you had yours, and if you were only to have 1 bike, would these be the bars you'd choose over any other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by igloomaster
    How long have you had yours, and if you were only to have 1 bike, would these be the bars you'd choose over any other?
    I've had mine a couple years & use them on 2 of my four bikes. If I had only one bike (not gonna happen) I would choose the Noodles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlyselassie
    Really, you prefer the midges to the nitto rando 135's?
    Bars are probably a close second to saddles in terms of personal choice. I suffer from carpal tunnel, to the point that my hands often "fall asleep" if I so much as cross my arms while standing. So for me, the angles the bar place my wrists at is a big selling point.

    The wide flare and shallow drop, coupled with a higher stem lets me put the bars to a point where the drops are almost level with the seat.



    *The saddle is actually level, something about the angle of the picture makes it look cock-eyed.
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    Dobber:
    Nice setup. Interesting stem-bag mount, too. I also have severe carpal tunnel issues. I went with North Road bars, and sometimes turn them over and use them like mustache bars. It's the natural outward flare of the grips that I like.

    About your Midge set: Do you think you could get us a shot from over head or some other angle that shows the amount of flare? Very interested, and always looking to improve things. Thanks.

    BTW: I also ride Brooks. They always seem to look a bit nose high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber

    The wide flare and shallow drop, coupled with a higher stem lets me put the bars to a point where the drops are almost level with the seat.


    Interesting...

    Are the hoods rideable? Or do you find yourself on the ends most of the time, or in the curves? How are they descending?

    I'm looking at all sorts of bar / combos for my bike build. These are kind of cool in concept, as I'm rarely in the drops, mostly on the hoods, and then the tops while climbing...

    Nice hbag mount. I did the same on my touring rig. Double stem, keeps things a bit lower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm
    About your Midge set: Do you think you could get us a shot from over head or some other angle that shows the amount of flare? Very interested, and always looking to improve things. Thanks.
    From the saddle



    Side and rear




    Bmike:

    With it's current positioning, I get full use of the bar, including the hoods. I'm probably 50% on the hoods, 25% on the flat or the drops. Can't really comment on descending, with the bag mounted up front it tends to b the overriding factor with regards to steering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber
    From the saddle



    Side and rear




    Bmike:

    With it's current positioning, I get full use of the bar, including the hoods. I'm probably 50% on the hoods, 25% on the flat or the drops. Can't really comment on descending, with the bag mounted up front it tends to b the overriding factor with regards to steering.

    Nice! Thanks for the pics. That helps.

    No wrist issues? - as it seems like you bend them a bit to get at the hoods?
    It also seems like a great standing climbing bar - similar to the moustache on my SS.

    I may have to try one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike
    Nice! Thanks for the pics. That helps.

    No wrist issues? - as it seems like you bend them a bit to get at the hoods?
    It also seems like a great standing climbing bar - similar to the moustache on my SS.

    I may have to try one!
    The hoods slant outwards, which either by design or luck keeps my wrists in-line with my forearms. No rotation keeps the pins 'n' needles at bay. Same with the drops, the flare minimizes the need to flex my wrist and the slope keeps them more or less in-line again.

    Pricepoint is about the best pricing I've found on the Midges.
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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