Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Peugot ss/fixed beater, Bareknuckle, Bridgestone Road, Old Raleigh beater.
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Hate to revive a dead thread, but I felt obligated to report back on the handlebars.
First with the bad. They're a bit narrower than listed. 38 is moreso outside to outside of the bars. Not sure if that's listed on Nashbar, but it caught me slightly off guard.
Other than that, they're great. The only flat "grip" on the bars is hands hugging the stem, but track bars aren't intended to be flat (whodathunkit). Another thing I noticed is they're much stiffer than I'd suspect, being as they're budget track bars. They don't flex, even in the drops, nearly as much as one would imagine, and although I'm not a heavyset person, I don't think they'd be a great deal flexier with heavier folks.
The brake grooves though? No idea what they're intended for. Maybe to get the desired bend during manufacturing more easily? Either way, I wrapped them with cloth tape and it's not even noticeable.
Yeah, and black is nice.