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    Handlebar Question...

    What's with the mini-handlebars that appear to be a straight pipe sticking out no further than a BMX grip on either side of the stem? Doesn't such narrow bars make the bike harder to control?

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    You need a very short handlebar for passing through cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldone
    You need a very short handlebar for passing through cars
    Ah, I see. For like... NYC messengers, yes? Who have to do all that crazy sh1t that Lucas Brunelle catches on video?

    Damn, that sh1t takes balls.

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    Unfortunately, most peoples' ***es are considerably wider than those chopped handlebars, so they are of questionable benefit when you factor in the loss of leverage they give you. Trendy, but not so practical. Flame on...
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    Senior Member iamtim's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacG
    Unfortunately, most peoples' ***es are considerably wider than those chopped handlebars, so they are of questionable benefit when you factor in the loss of leverage they give you. Trendy, but not so practical. Flame on...
    No flame at all; that's pretty much exactly what I was thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldone
    You need a very short handlebar for passing through cars
    Not really. Drop bars can be plenty skinny enough. A little snaking through, moving your shoulders is usually fine.

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    I've seen 9" wide handelbars

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    for riding through tight traffic I just make sure the bars are a little bit less wide than my shoulders

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    most of those are set up just for photos shoots....
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    I ran 10" bars for a while. They never filled any practical need... they were just kinda fun and ridiculous. Because you couldn't get any leverage on them, you just had to sit and grind out any hills or accelerations. Likewise, I couldn't get leverage for skidding, so I killed the fashion aspect and ran a 'cross lever right next to the stem. Stability was never a problem.

    Oh, and there were essentially three hand positions on such skinny bars:

    1) Hands on grips (option of thumbs on top or underneath)
    2) Hands palming ends of bars (with the end plugs pressing into your palms)
    3) Forearms resting on grips, hands dangling out in space (good for aero tuck)

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    An aero tuck in that position? Isn't that a potential danger of losing control? Also I'd imagine your elbows would hurt after a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka12na
    An aero tuck in that position? Isn't that a potential danger of losing control? Also I'd imagine your elbows would hurt after a while
    It's not that different from any other handlebar. Besides, aching elbows was a change from the aching wrists those bars gave me


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    I'm pretty sure short bars slow down the handling on the ever popular steep track frames...
    Last edited by BostonFixed; 05-22-06 at 06:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFixed
    I'm pretty sure short bars slow down the handling on the ever popular steep track frames...
    Actually, they'd tend to quicken it up an awful lot. Move short bars an inch - wheel moves a lot. Move super-wide bars an inch - wheel barely moves.
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    true...

    still, i don't see why you'd run bars any shorter than your shoulder width, except maybe for looks or to shake things up a bit.
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    hey kevin, hows that thesis coming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keevohn
    It's not that different from any other handlebar. Besides, aching elbows was a change from the aching wrists those bars gave me

    I'm all about that on my road bike ... trying it on the fixed w/ RB-021s and a much steeper head tube angle seems a bit sketch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterrb
    hey kevin, hows that thesis coming?
    Hahaha... pretty good.

    When I'm not distracting myself, that is

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    Does anyone know that messenger in Chicago with the mountain bike bar ends mounted on nubs, and so close together his knukles probably touch when he holds them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by humancongereel
    i don't see why you'd run bars any shorter than your shoulder width, except maybe for looks or to shake things up a bit.
    Bars are at the height of rear view mirrors, your shoulders are above them. Don't you lane split?
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    I knocked a taxi's rear view mirror off once with the tip of my flip 'n chops.

    BTW it was his fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popluhv
    Does anyone know that messenger in Chicago with the mountain bike bar ends mounted on nubs, and so close together his knukles probably touch when he holds them?
    it's that supposed to be like a formula one steering wheel or something.

    ****...anyone have a formula one steering wheel laying around? i'll put that **** on my bike.

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    A lot of them are or styled on bike polo bars. A narrow bar is a good thing for bike polo; less chance of getting 'em whacked by mallets, less chance of them getting bumped by another rider when your rucking.

    As normal messengers would rock them on the street as they were quite ridiculous, folks liked the look and copied them. V. short bars definitely keep things interesting.

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    I think all my bars are narrower than my shoulders, but narrower than your hips seems a little pointless. Like LoFarkas said your bars are at mirror height and cars tend to slope in above there...

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    I started running narrow flat bars, admittedly for aesthetics, but got used to them right quick. Since then, I have messed with track drop bars and risers. Neither feel as comfortable. Track drops on an urban commuter make little sense to me. For me, bullhorns have always felt best for riding in the streets.

    Just to understand, the measure on track bars applies to the drops, no?
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