Slow and unsteady
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: St Louis, MO
Bikes: Bacchetta Agio, Bacchetta Giro 20, Trek 520
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As the others have pointed out, make slow changes. My 520 came with a stem that held the handlebar a little too low, and couldn't be flipped for more height. I switched to a more upright stem of the same length. After a year of that I switched over to flat bars with extension.
I found the wider grip of flat bars, along with the wrist angle of extensions, to give me a level of comfort I could not achieve with drops. The handlebars are about 22" edge to edge, and the handlebar rests at about the height of the saddle. When I grip the bars near the brake levers I am leaning forward at a comfortabgle angle, and when I grip the extensions I'm a litte more upright and good for cruising. Also a good place to grip when climbing out of the saddle.
I also found that I had greater hand comfort if I either slip mtb grips or padded tape over the extensions.
But the key is to find what works for you. Most people can conform to the mass market touring bike offerings, like the 520, with a little adjustment, but we aren't all the same. This setup works for my physical needs and style of riding.
Here are a couple shots of my 520. Maybe Fixer can post a shot of his bike with the mustache bar.
Last edited by bradw; 09-11-05 at 12:50 PM.