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Old 11-25-07, 04:04 AM   #1
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Nitto RB021 problem

Okay so here's the story. I've got a set of RB021's with ourys starting one inch from the 26mm bulge and fizik tape after that till the ends. I've got one lever on the right side occupying that empty space between the bulge and the oury. I ride with my hands on the ourys about 75% of the time. I've only been on the bars for about two days and my wrists are starting to hurt when I'm off the bike.

Should I buy a set of 26mm levers from benscycles, install the lever right by the stem and move the Oury's up so I can rest my hands on the flats?

Is it just as easy to move oury's as it is to install them with hairspray?

OR should I just buy a set of bullhorns with a drop? (Nitto RB018's for example)

Oh btw, Nitto RB021's for reference.
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Old 11-25-07, 04:49 AM   #2
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i am really confused, i can't even picture this. post pics?
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Old 11-25-07, 05:08 AM   #3
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Bullhorns with drop would put more pressure on your wrists, and I can't see how that would help.
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Old 11-25-07, 07:59 AM   #4
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i think it would be logical to get the 018s and use a lever.
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Old 11-25-07, 08:08 AM   #5
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Evaluate your whole fit to the bike as well as the bars. Have you run other bars on this bike that were comfortable for you?
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Old 11-25-07, 09:12 AM   #6
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I have the RB021 bars as well. The problem I think your having is the bars begin making dropping near the stem. This drop causes your wrist to hold your weight at a weird angle. For just riding around, I usually ride where the bars make the curve forward. I also found that if you turn your wrists around backwards and grip the slanted section from behind or under the bars, this will be more comfortable. Its really hard to explain, but you will get used to these bars soon. After you do, I'm sure you'll love them.
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Old 11-25-07, 09:12 AM   #7
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Get zero drop bullhorns. I really don't understand people who love bullhorns with a drop. I find them horribly uncomfortable. I guess it works for some people but I have a sneaking suspicion most do it for fashion.
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I like the drops on my bullhorns. They allow for several different riding positions. When riding in heavier traffic, I ride closer to the stem. Whenever I am out on a nice long stretch of road, I ride towards to ends of the bars. The level part of the drops makes a good spot to switch up the position for a little while as well.
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Old 11-25-07, 11:43 AM   #9
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I'll try some of your methods jdeane and see if it helps.
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I also recommend wearing padded gloves. They will help with some of the stress your joints will take from the bars. Just try some different hand positions and you should be alright.
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Old 11-25-07, 02:09 PM   #11
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I also recommend wearing padded gloves. They will help with some of the stress your joints will take from the bars. Just try some different hand positions and you should be alright.
I second the padded gloves. Helps a lot on long rides, and esp if you fall. Falling w/o gloves can be hella painful, in addition to annoying.
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raise your bars
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Get zero drop bullhorns. I really don't understand people who love bullhorns with a drop. I find them horribly uncomfortable. I guess it works for some people but I have a sneaking suspicion most do it for fashion.
You're right. Most people who ride bars like say, track drops don't do it for fashion.
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like others have said it sounds like its that drop. my friend complained about the same issue with his. I foolishly bought Deda Akros bars because I thought they looked hot (and yes they are) but the amount of space on the top was not practical enough to justify keeping them with the amount of riding I did. After 2 miles I knew it was a mistake.
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yeah i have these exact same bars and i experienced some pain when i first started running em.
i stuck with them though and now i pretty much love them.
i recommend not riding for too long on the slanted part that comes right off of the flats
but right when it starts to horn out.
when you're just getting into the bars, this is easily the most comfortable position.

edit: pretty much repeated what everyone said, dont ride too much on that drop part
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You're right. Most people who ride bars like say, track drops don't do it for fashion.
I know your being sarcastic, but yeah track drops are even worse. I see so many people with track drops that are only wrapped on the tops (I guess it's better than not wrapped at all though). Even when racing on a velodrome I think track drops are overrated.
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I didn't know bullhorns were fashionable. I stopped using my road drops because I never used the drops and rode only on the flats... so from there I switched the straight bars... and from there my bike got stolen... so i decided not to use the stock road drops on my new bike and try something else.

My question is, should I buy a 26mm brake lever and slap that sucker next to the stem and somehow someway move the ourys closer to the stem, then re-wrap the rest of the bars?

Right now I can't really put my hands next to the stem where the flat part of the bars are because the brake lever will be in the way. I feel like me getting a pair of ourys was pretty pointless.
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like others have said it sounds like its that drop. my friend complained about the same issue with his. I foolishly bought Deda Akros bars because I thought they looked hot (and yes they are) but the amount of space on the top was not practical enough to justify keeping them with the amount of riding I did. After 2 miles I knew it was a mistake.
i helped gyeswho out and bought his bars when he wanted to change 'em up and love them: they made my 53cm iro not so freakishly small for me because they gave me a healthy drop and reach. 021s just might not be your thing, maybe try a couple different styles of bullhorns (maybe the 018 or the syntace stratos) before you abandon them for risers or drops.
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Well I did about 20 miles on them today and I really do think I needa move up the lever/grips. My stem's a bit long, I'm feelin too much reach so I'll need to get that swapped out but I might move it down my list of things to do. It is, after all, a quill stem.

If it still doesn't work for me after moving things around, I might just have to drop some cash on a pair of 38cm 018's.
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i helped gyeswho out and bought his bars when he wanted to change 'em up and love them: they made my 53cm iro not so freakishly small for me because they gave me a healthy drop and reach. 021s just might not be your thing, maybe try a couple different styles of bullhorns (maybe the 018 or the syntace stratos) before you abandon them for risers or drops.
now I ride the nashbar horns and they are perfect. they have a very shallow drop but are just what I like for long distances
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wait what ??

your 021s have drop..

018s = no drop

drop.. remember ?
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OR should I just buy a set of bullhorns with a drop? (Nitto RB018's for example)

Oh btw, Nitto RB021's for reference.
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