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    bree bree bree NoCash27's Avatar
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    Nitto RB-021. 38 or 40 cm?

    Hello. I was thinking about getting these bars to have a few more hand positions when riding. Ben's Cycle is out of these bars in the 38, which probably means they are popular. Do you guys think the 40cm is too wide? Should I look on a different site? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    need to know things about your body size (shoulder width etc)
    wider bars are never a bad thing. people are stupidly crazy about skiny bars, but if they're narrower than your shjoulders, it's just restricting your breathing and your climbing power

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    when they say its measured center to center, what does that mean?

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    the bars are measured from the center of one curve to the other.

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    I go with bars that are a little longer than my shoulder width.

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    how are we supposed to measure your shoulders? we have no idea what fits you.

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    OKAYYYYY I am going to tell you EXACTLY what you want to know!!! I used to have Nitto drop bar on my old fixed gear bike they were 38cm wide. I recently got some Nitto RB-019s that are 42cm wide!!! I know wtf right 42cm is ultra wide. . .but it isn't. 42cm isn't a crazy long width, in fact I prefer the 42cm over the 38cm bar. I say go for the 40cm bar. This is coming from a guy who loves crazy short bars, so DO IT!!

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    ^^Did an info-mercial just happen here?

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    I can't find anything to measure my shoulders. :[

    Buuut I love short bars. Not crazy short, but short. I will go ahead an take your advice, K3NNY. But thanks everyone else.
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    I guarantee you will love the 40cm bars or your money back. And as a bonus if you call now we will double your order! But seriously I was worried about my 42cm bars and before I even got them I was trying to see if I could return them but when I got them I was more than pleased. The only thing that does suck is that if you are ordering from Ben's Cycle you just missed a 15% off appreciation sale they had last weekend.

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    2 cm = not that much difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCash27 View Post
    I can't find anything to measure my shoulders. :[

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    you can measure yourself against a set of bars that you have that you already know the width of

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCash27 View Post
    I can't find anything to measure my shoulders. :[

    Buuut I love short bars. Not crazy short, but short. I will go ahead an take your advice, K3NNY. But thanks everyone else.
    You seriously don't have a measuring tape?

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    just so you know the 38's are real hard to find, you will most likely need to find a shop to special order or scour the internet. But find out your measurements first!

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    Depends on how wide your shoulders are, but I wish I'd gotten mine wider... Just my .02

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    so i just measured my shoulder width and its 44cm (I have wide shoulders) so technically i should go with the 44cm bar?

    I don't want my arms to be too stretched apart when I'm on the horns so should I size down?

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    how would your arms be "too stretched apart" with 44cm bars when your shoulder width is 44cm?
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    38cm

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    I really don't have measuring tape. But, I currently have some straight bars that I cut 4.5 inches off of at the shop. My LBS just gave them to me and I don't know how long they were.
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    because if it was a smaller width, i'd have more arm length so i wouldn't be as bent over

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    NoCash - so do you have a sportcoat or a suit? The size is your shoulder width - 44R = 44CM regular.

    Personally, I have 44cm bullhorns on mine - I have 44cm shoulders...tons of leverage for pulling. But I'm not worried about somebody saying they look stupid either.

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    Sadly, I do not. I never have a reason to be dressed up.

    But is the 40cm pretty much the "normal" size? I'm a pretty average sized kid.
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    2cm is a big difference. Move your seatpost up 2cm or get a stem 2cm longer and see what happens. The smallest size on modern road bikes 52cm+ is usually 42. Unless your shoulders are real narrow, get 40-42. If they are wide get 44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by physh View Post
    2cm is a big difference. Move your seatpost up 2cm or get a stem 2cm longer and see what happens. The smallest size on modern road bikes 52cm+ is usually 42. Unless your shoulders are real narrow, get 40-42. If they are wide get 44.
    neither one of those is remotely close to having bars that are 2 cm wider or narrower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoCash27 View Post
    I really don't have measuring tape. But, I currently have some straight bars that I cut 4.5 inches off of at the shop. My LBS just gave them to me and I don't know how long they were.
    go with what fits you. measure from the center of your shoulder to the other.

    if you dont have a ruler or measuring tape, just use this:http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/paper_rulers/ - come on. be resourceful.

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