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    I used to point to Armstrong as the leader of the old style bars, but no more.

    It must be the sponsors

    One minute he's using these:
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/teamtech0...ikes/usps_trek

    Now he's using these:
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...Tech35_LA_trek


    Now I'll have to turn to Petacchi:
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...N-TDF04-Tech17



    There's plenty of non-ergo bars in the peleton, so why am I the only club hacker who uses them?

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...e_stage3/cn901
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour04.ph...ur04/stage8/20
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour04.ph..._tdf04_stg3_11
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour04.ph...D_tdf04_stg7_3

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutbag
    There's plenty of non-ergo bars in the peleton, so why am I the only club hacker who uses them?
    I guess the bigger question is: Why does it matter?

    Aren't we all under the belief that one should make the bike most comfortable as possible? That fit and comfort are above everything else? Ergos work for some and traditional curls work for others. In the end, it's like worrying about someone's choice of underwear.
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    My point is it's another one of those "we been suckered into buying this........" stories.

    One minute we're told that ergos are the biggest thing, so every Joe Schmoe (like me) buys them, but now they seem to be disappearing from the peleton. I can't remember the last time I saw non-ergo bars in a shop or out on the road.

    But like you said, who really cares?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutbag
    My point is it's another one of those "we been suckered into buying this........" stories.

    One minute we're told that ergos are the biggest thing, so every Joe Schmoe (like me) buys them, but now they seem to be disappearing from the peleton. I can't remember the last time I saw non-ergo bars in a shop or out on the road.

    But like you said, who really cares?
    I'm another hack who uses old style bars.

    I HATE ERGOS AAAAAGH

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    I guess the bigger question is: Why does it matter?

    Aren't we all under the belief that one should make the bike most comfortable as possible? That fit and comfort are above everything else? Ergos work for some and traditional curls work for others. In the end, it's like worrying about someone's choice of underwear.
    don't like ergos. I have small hands for a guy....they make it hard to reach the levers.

    Each to their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutbag
    My point is it's another one of those "we been suckered into buying this........" stories.

    One minute we're told that ergos are the biggest thing, so every Joe Schmoe (like me) buys them, but now they seem to be disappearing from the peleton. I can't remember the last time I saw non-ergo bars in a shop or out on the road.

    But like you said, who really cares?
    I agree. It's annoying that the percentage of non-ergos in bike shops doesn't match the higher percentage in the pro peleton

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutbag
    Call me crazy, but the bike in this pic has the number 11 on it. Isn't that Hincapie's ride? So maybe Lance switched further back than you realized (though I have heard he prefers traditional bars).

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    Quote Originally Posted by drroebuck
    Call me crazy, but the bike in this pic has the number 11 on it. Isn't that Hincapie's ride? So maybe Lance switched further back than you realized (though I have heard he prefers traditional bars).
    nah - those aren't TdF pictures... #11 = Jan Ullrich.

    altho you might be right that this particular bike isn't Lance's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinyBaldy
    altho you might be right that this particular bike isn't Lance's.
    I'm pretty sure it is Lance's. None of the other USPS guys ride a black Trek - everyone rides team colors except for Lance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil
    I'm pretty sure it is Lance's. None of the other USPS guys ride a black Trek - everyone rides team colors except for Lance.
    really?

    http://grahamwatson.com/gw/imagedocs...edocSt3-003000

    doesn't seem like it... find a series of race fotos where Lance has the tag #11 - and you might be right. But for know we can only be sure it is a Trek... lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinyBaldy
    find a series of race fotos where Lance has the tag #11
    Not a picture, but the Cajamurcia pointed to the Vuelta a Murcia...

    /Csson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Csson
    Not a picture, but the Cajamurcia pointed to the Vuelta a Murcia...

    /Csson
    give this man a medal! you got it right Lance's # was 11 and the bike was the same paint scheme...

    altho with the Madone - you can't really tell if it is SL or SSL
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