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Old 07-02-05, 02:05 AM   #1
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mustache bars

I'm having a dilemna. I am building up bike number 3. Number 1 has drops, number 2 has bullhorns. I like both, but neither completely. I am thinking about doing that whole mustache bar thing hoping it might be a good mix of the two, but afraid it might be inferior to both (ie, not out infront enough like bullhorns, but not low and in like drops either). Can anyone who rides them give me a comparision? Better yet, anyone in Brooklyn who has them willing to let me take yer bike around the block?

If I did it, I am thinking about the Nitto bars...any other suggestions?

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Old 07-02-05, 02:08 AM   #2
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I know a lot of people have and like them. Personally, I look at them and wonder what I would do with myself. Perhaps you should try some bullhorns with a decent drop to them.
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I was thinking about that, but I think the drop would be too far forward for what I like. Honestly, I think drops w/ brake hoods would be ideal, but goddamn if thats ugly IMO (I like a clean look). I'm also debating just flipping some promenade or cruiser bars upside down.
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I was thinking about that, but I think the drop would be too far forward for what I like. Honestly, I think drops w/ brake hoods would be ideal, but goddamn if thats ugly IMO (I like a clean look). I'm also debating just flipping some promenade or cruiser bars upside down.
The fact that you "think drops w/ brake hoods would be ideal", but are afraid to try them because you think they don't look cool speaks volumes...
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Straight/riser bars?
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mustache bars always looked to "old school" for me. I love lugged frames and all, but mustache's....

it's kind of like seeing someone restoring an old car and putting original tires on it that are really thin...
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I have some moustache bars on order, the Nitto ones. If by "promenade" bars you mean those bars you find on "little old lady" bikes, I took a pair of those and put them on a beach cruiser, but upside-down. So, they were like moustaches but a bit wider. Except for the width, I loved them. So, the Nitto moustaches, being about the same width as drops, ought to be perfect.

And I think having the original tires, as far as width and preferably make, style, etc on an old restored car seperates the "men from the boys" in that area.
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moustache bars are 51cm. thats much wider than any drops i've ever had.

still, they're great. they climb better than anything i've tried (and i've tried a multitude of bullhorns) and they have lots of spots to put your hands, which is always a plus.
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Wow, and you think mustache bars look good and drops and hoods don't? I guess maybe it's the "old man" chic. Mustache bars on a pretty frame make me want to cry.
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No I donīt think itīs old man chic. I think itīs more of a vintage city cruiser chic and if put on the right frame can look damned sexy.
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Moustache bars started looking attractive only after I turned 40. I've had these for almost 3 years on my Steamroller:

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/leakos2.htm


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and i copied the fixer's bar/stem combo after seeing his bike on FGG.

sure is nice. i like the sound of 'old man chic', although i'm only 21. can't stand any of my peers though.
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The fact that you "think drops w/ brake hoods would be ideal", but are afraid to try them because you think they don't look cool speaks volumes...
welcome to cycling, the look of a bike is probably one of the most important things to more people than you'd think
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I know a lot of people have and like them. Personally, I look at them and wonder what I would do with myself.
I say the same thing about bullhorns.

If you want to feel more stretched out bullhorns are a crappy alternative (in so many ways) to drop bars with longer stem and/or longer top tube.

Wider grip? Get wider drop bars.

Upshot: drop bars give you more options with regard to position. Road cyclists have negated some of the advantages of "drop bar design" with the advent of the "brifter age" IMO.

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I rode nitto moustache bars on a fixed gear conversion I had and they were very good. I enjoyed the upright riding positions they offerred and like the "old school" aesthetic they offerred as opposed to straight bars or (gasp) bullhorns. However, on my track bikes I always use a type of bar that was designed for a track bike. I ride track drops as well as an old type of handle bar designed for track bikes and path racers which seems like a cross between moustache and drops. Perhaps you have seen these a vintage photo.
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Nashbar's Moustache bars are on sale now...

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
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... an old type of handle bar designed for track bikes and path racers which seems like a cross between moustache and drops. Perhaps you have seen these a vintage photo.
can we see pics? and do you have a name for these bars? i think i know what you are talking about...but not sure.

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can we see pics? and do you have a name for these bars? i think i know what you are talking about...but not sure.

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I think this is a good example of path racer bars I found in the FFG.
http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/nakashima.htm
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Notice those with that crazy long stem place your hands the same place moustaches place your hands with a normal stem.
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I like seeing how bars evolve... The path bars are the start, then then the Hulk punches the bars in the center, and turns them into moustache bars, and then the Hulk bends the curves around, making drop bars. Then he turns them over and bites the ends off, making bullhorns, then he bends the ends straight, and makes flat bars.

Hulk smash, Hulk manufacture handlebars!!!

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Hahahaha!

Seriously, that scorcher is hot!
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those scorcher bars make me sigh in the good way.

i have moustache bars on my trek tourer, which is currently set up for more townie riding. i like them a lot for riding around the east bay and SF. Though they are a bit wide at times, that width provides a lot of stability. for longer rides though, (40+ miles) they're not that great. my whole upper body gets super fatigued after a while on them. i might just need a shorter stem, but i had a hard enough time finding/getting the one i have now, that i don't want to change it.

they'd probably be pretty nice on a fixed gear, or single speed with a coaster + front brake. or some crazy townie speedster bike....hmmm......
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"... an old type of handle bar designed for track bikes and path racers which seems like a cross between moustache and drops. Perhaps you have seen these a vintage photo."

I'd like to see a pic too. There is a guy I see in my neighborhood w/ a pursuit bike that I think has bars like what you are talking about. I really like them but don't know what they are called. the ones I've seen are basically like drops only they don't drop down nearly as much and have basically little to no reach.

Kinda imagine if you had bullhorns with a deep drop (for bullhorns) and turned them around so the horns were facing you and make that have sex with normal drops and their baby is what I am talking about. Maybe your description of mustache bars crossed with drops is better...anyway, I think you know what I mean. What are those called? who sells them? etc. etc.
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After like an hour of trying to find what I mean on google, the best I can do is to say, its something like these bars if flipped upside down (and obviously, imagine a stem on them).

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