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    drop bar recommendations

    I currently ride Nitto B123s and Nitto Noodle bars. The track drops are quite comfortable when in the drops (perhaps a bit too low), but I have less hand positions and riding on the tops and shoulders with these bars is barely adequate. I also love the Noodle bars because of the excellent hand positioning at the top/shoulders, but the drops are not quite low enough. Basically, I'd like some sort of hybrid between the two -- wide tops, plenty of shoulders, and track-style drops.

    Anyone know of such a beast? I have read that the old Cinelli Criteriums might be the solution, but I have never ridden these. What other bars are out there that are an excellent compromise between road and track bars?

    thanks.

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    Well, if you like the Noodle bars except for where the drops fall, you could try lowering your stem or, if you have a threadless stem, try a new stem with an angle closer to horizontal.

    If you like the tops and the slight flare of the Noodle bar drops, Nitto also makes a traditional "randonneur" handlebar (B-135) with more sweep on the tops and more flare to the drops. But these bars have a very shallow drop so you might be back to fiddling with the stem anyway. The B-135 bars come in two widths - 42 cm and 45 cm. The 42 cm bars are quite narrow on top (about 39 cm) and not for everyone. The wider bars make for good climbing on single-speed and fixed gear bikes - lots of leverage when out of the saddle. They don't look at all like track bars or road bars though so they might not be for you. See Ben's Cycles: http://tinyurl.com/6prco9

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    The good ol' fashion Nitto b115 road drops will meet all your needs. They give you so many hand positions, I love mine.

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    Have you tried wider 123s? Or how about a Cinelli crit (65) in a little wider size. Maybe 40.
    edit: I just read that you heard about the crits. I love my 65-38s that are wrapped all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam G. View Post
    The good ol' fashion Nitto b115 road drops will meet all your needs. They give you so many hand positions, I love mine.
    do you have a picture of yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westokyo View Post
    Have you tried wider 123s? Or how about a Cinelli crit (65) in a little wider size. Maybe 40.
    edit: I just read that you heard about the crits. I love my 65-38s that are wrapped all the way.
    I could go with wider 123s, but the shape just is not there on the tops/shoulders even if they were wider. I am going to look around for a deal on the cinelli - I'd like to find one without the cable grooves but only the 26.4 sizing seems to be without the grooves. Of course, I'd rather use my 26mm stem rather than buying a vintage stem.

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    i went from nitto b123aa to deda pista and i like the change
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    Quote Originally Posted by olo View Post
    do you have a picture of yours?
    No I don't but here is what they look like.


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    how is the shoulder on the nitto 125s? Would this be a decent compromise?

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    the shoulder on the 125 is rideable... but you could slip off of em if the conditions were right. 125 does give you more flat area and a good drop though.

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    Hey,

    I swapped to an Nitto B125. You are right, you only have one position ... drop part. I think you should try a short stem to get the short-flat-bar position. Also, I feel the curvy shoulders are more bullhorn-like when it is closer to your body. (Just for a record, B123 has deeper drop than B125.)



    I was gonna switch back to the classic road drop (like B115), but I am pretty happy with a short stem.

    T

    P.S. this stem is 40mm.

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    yo i have 46" nitto track drops and i think there the greatest plenty of room on top and a good drop! i also have really wide shoulders.

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    Try a classic bend road bar like the Deda Newton (Belgian Deep) or a shallower version from Deda or my 3t Rotundo bars as seen in my sig.

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    I have a set of Soma 456 drops that I swap in from time to time (I have like 4 bars that I rotate between).
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