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Old 01-05-10, 01:22 PM   #1
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Handlebars?

I cant decide what handlebars to but on my bike. Any suggestions? I was thinking track handlebars but does anyone know how comfortable it is to ride with them? Oh and whats the easiest way to get those velocity stickers off?





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Old 01-05-10, 01:31 PM   #2
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track bars suck for street riding, I like high rise or bullhorns, just my opinion, some will tell you the opposite, but they are usually the "look at my cool looking track bike that I ride on the street" type that don't care about comfort, which are you?

Nice looking bike BTW.
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Old 01-05-10, 01:35 PM   #3
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Stem is good enough.
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Old 01-05-10, 01:41 PM   #4
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Stem is good enough.
lol.

Depends on how you ride. Personally I alternate between road drops w/hoods, mustache w/hoods (my winter bars), bullhorn/tt bars, and occasionally risers (for polo).
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First of all...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLUX0y4EptA

I ride track bars with hoods on my most frequently ridden bike. But... you don't have brakes... and many disagree with it.
Other bikes are convensional road drops on the roadie, and bullhorns on the fixed conversion.

It depends on what you like, how flexible you are, how windy it is when you ride, how far you ride, etc etc etc etc.... so... just pick a set, and go from there.

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Old 01-05-10, 02:09 PM   #6
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Be different, go with a set of North Road bars.
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Old 01-05-10, 02:15 PM   #7
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I've ridden road drops (with hoods), bullhorns, flat/mountain bars, dirt drops, and currenly I'm running northroad style bars. Honestly my favorites so far have been bullhorns for fast FG riding and the northroad bars for cruising. Here is a pic of my bike set up with the northroad bars I took just this afternoon...

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Old 01-05-10, 02:22 PM   #8
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I want to hump this bicycle.
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i'd go risers or bullhorns. risers: comfortable, less back bend, only one hand position, bar spinzzzzzzzzzzz(?). bullhorns: awesome for climbing/sprinting, lots of hand positions, don't always look the best, defs have to consider stem length for which ones you pick.

my favorite is riding road drops on the hood. but yeah, no reason to put phantom brake hoods on your bike. try out a bunch. i have different handlebar types on my three bikes.
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Old 01-05-10, 03:17 PM   #10
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bullhorns: awesome for climbing/sprinting, lots of hand positions, don't always look the best, defs have to consider stem length for which ones you pick.
bullhorns look really good I think, especially Rb-021, or any that have a bit of drop. Rb-021's always look amazing.
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bullhorns have always served me well for all kinds of riding (windy, uphill, flat, brakeless, braked, whatever). and you get a ton of hand positions. for something simple i dig flat bars. but dont cut them down too short, keep them wide enough so you can breathe.
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Old 01-05-10, 04:16 PM   #12
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heh. I actually really want one of those North Road bars.

Just get whatver feels the most comfortable with you. I have drops on my commuter FG right now. But sometimes I like to be in the drops, especially climbing. I also have horns on another bike tho.
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Old 01-05-10, 04:30 PM   #13
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I like:
bullhorns-(origin 8 has the best price)
or
North Road bars-but flipped(both the link and HandsomeRyan's post show 'em up)
flip 'em- turn 'em down towards ya.
I first road them this way, on my Pashley Guv'nor-which is the way Pashley built up the Guv,
and I love 'em.
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Old 01-05-10, 05:06 PM   #14
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I actually really want one of those North Road bars.
For $10.43 + shipping you could have a pair of Pyramid North Road Cruiser Bars.

Admittedly they are a little on the heavy side (okay, the thing is a freakin' boat anchor) but anyone rocking cruiser bars like this is doing it for comfort and style, not for the velo track or to win any races.
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Old 01-05-10, 06:23 PM   #15
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I'm rocking some VO porteurs http://www.velo-orange.com/vopoha.html
extremely comfortable, but less aggressive.
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i like my road ergo drops a lot.

most people that find them uncomfortable either have them set up wrong or need more saddle time
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Old 01-05-10, 06:43 PM   #17
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Cinelli Giro d'Italia road bars. Classic look, lightweight, not expensive. eBay usually has several
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I prefer my Nitto RB-21s to my B-123AA bars, but I still happily ride them from time to time. They're fine around town, but I often find myself wanting to do more and end up riding 30 miles out of town just because I can.
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My current setup, 3 positions: TT, hoods, drops. Don't do skids or tricks.
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I like bullhorns, but think it's kinda stupid to ask people what you should put on your bike.
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I am riding a short-version of north road bars. But I think a priest bar is probably better. Pretty clean and classic, but straight looking enough to don't look "vintage" ( http://velospace.org/node/11868 ).
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wing pro

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i like my road ergo drops a lot.

most people that find them uncomfortable either have them set up wrong or need more saddle time
i should note i thought about getting a set of bullhorns just for kicks. ive only ever used them for a base bar for a tt/tri bike and never rode on them outside of braking.

i would just buy a few sets of cheap bars, wrap them, and then you can swap them at your pleasure. (open face stems with cross top levers are great for this)
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I am riding a short-version of north road bars. But I think a priest bar is probably better. Pretty clean and classic, but straight looking enough to don't look "vintage" ( http://velospace.org/node/11868 ).
Sweet bars! You may have convinced me without even trying...

Edit: Turns out those bars aren't too easy to come buy. Found some on Google shopping for $260. Am I searching in the wrong area?

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pope is dead...

cinelli valencia



or boomer...

http://www.nycbikes.com/item.php?item_id=328#

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