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Old 02-11-10, 05:56 PM   #1
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Mustach bars w/ TT levars, is this ghey?

So went out to buy new bullhorns but then found these and was all "oh wtf not try something different". So, I think these are traditionally used with hoods but I was wondering how stupid would this set up be? Seems to work fine (test rode it). I don't like roadie looking hood brakes so my other option would be the small cross style tektro levars but I kinda like this set up. Opinions?? Before I wrap my bars....
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Old 02-11-10, 06:02 PM   #2
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Doesn't seem too functional. Unless you ride with your hands on the end of the bars all the time, you have to move your hands too far to brake. Forget how it looks, if it's not functional it's not worth keeping.
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Old 02-11-10, 06:08 PM   #3
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No, actually it seems to be both comfortable and practical for me.
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Old 02-11-10, 06:09 PM   #4
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Then why are you asking?
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Old 02-11-10, 06:19 PM   #5
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I tried 'em once, didn't like the lack of hand positions.
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Old 02-11-10, 06:24 PM   #6
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Just asking if it looks really stoopid. Anyone else running the same set up?
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Old 02-11-10, 06:28 PM   #7
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it's not unheard of
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Old 02-11-10, 06:34 PM   #8
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if its on a kilo its gotta be cool! j/k I'm going to do the same thing on a north road bar except with a more classic inverse lever
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Old 02-11-10, 06:38 PM   #9
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I'd imagine those levers will have a short life expectancy unless you only park your bike in very nice places where it won't fall ever and no one messes with it.

Try not to hook signposts and saplings as you pass them.
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Old 02-11-10, 06:43 PM   #10
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Only problem I can see... Where is your front brake? This doesn't make any since seeing as you aren't running a front brake, if you're running a rear brake only...why?
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Old 02-11-10, 06:46 PM   #11
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if its on a kilo its gotta be cool! j/k I'm going to do the same thing on a north road bar except with a more classic inverse lever
I never said it was cool and I'm no BD groupie haha it was just the easiest example I could think of, i've seen it elsewhere too.

personally I wouldn't roll with em. they seem tough to get to in an "oh s**t" moment. I have a steamroller myself and I've been thinking about just nabbing a pair of these eighthinch
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories

Did you see any decent yet cheap bullhorns around Seattle michalik_piotr? I imagine not or you would have gotten them..

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Old 02-11-10, 06:49 PM   #12
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I prefer road levers with moustache bars.



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Old 02-11-10, 07:28 PM   #14
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How do you attach hoods w/o levers?
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Old 02-11-10, 07:28 PM   #15
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Oh no! Lol....glad I didn't go with road levars. No, I did not see anything cool and/or cheap bullhorn wise but then again, I only went to Re-cycled.
They had Somas for $40 and the same mustache bar from Nitto for $90. I got mine used for $12, no name.

I do believe Wright Bros. usually keeps in stock Orgin8 in assorted anodized colors for about $25.

Well, crap....its done. I'll take pics tomorrow in better light. I will run a front brake too but not till i get 23 or 25 tires, right now I have 35 and they don't clean the caliper (even when "decompressed") and I need to be able to take the front wheel off/on (just put on quick release squer). I rarely ride fixed anyways b/c I use the bike to run my dog promarily....anyways, long story short, thats why I only have a rear brake now, front is coming when I get tires (already got matching caliper/levar, only need cable & housing).
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Old 02-11-10, 07:57 PM   #16
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good question

yes your handlebar setup is homosexual.
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i know a guy with that setup. not that there's anything wrong with that
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i know a guy with that setup. not that there's anything wrong with that
I agree. there is nothing wrong with gay handlebars
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i know a guy with that setup. not that there's anything wrong with that
We all have at least one gay friend.
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Mines Michalik_Piotrs handle bars
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That's how I would have run mine. To be honest, I would have much preferred to have the brakes there as opposed to in the curve, but I was too lazy to steal a lever from my bullhorns. But now I've decided I don't really like Mustache bars all too much.
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I'm more of a beard bar kind-o'-guy.
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I'm inclined to say that if you prefer your brakes in that position, you have your moustache bars set up wrong. OK, maybe not wrong, but in a way that severely under utilizes them. When I had moustache bars, I used the hoods as my primary position, and I think it provides far superior ergonomics.

When I first got them, I had them set up wrong (in an uncomfortable manor). I spend most of my time where your brakes are now. All it took was one long ride for my hands to go numb, I lost feeling in my pinky for about a week. A slightly shorter and taller stem later, the bars fit better and I was thrilled.

Remember, moustache bars have a lot more reach (think 5 cm or so) than drop handlebars or bullhorns, so there is no way you can expect to run them with the same stem and be comfortable.



And for the record, I am a man, and I would not engage in sexual intercourse with those handlebars. Maybe Preston's.
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Just asking if it looks really stoopid. Anyone else running the same set up?
It looks really stoopid. Take it off.
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