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Old 12-03-05, 04:53 PM   #1
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Nitto Moustache Bars, or Similar for Touring?

Anyone using them?
Do you find it comfortable?
Plenty of hand positions?
Room on the dash for light, handlbar bag, other goodies?
How about seated climbing - enough room to set my hands on the top? Is it flat?


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you won't be able to mount a rivendell boxy bag, but other handlebar bags fit nicely. i like mine a lot, but the real ticket to comfort on moustache bars is having the right stem length. you need to bring the bars back towards you a good deal closer than you would with drop bars.

they're great when climbing.
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you won't be able to mount a rivendell boxy bag, ...

What about my Orleib? I love it... wouldn't want to lose it.
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Room on the dash for light, handlbar bag, other goodies?
How about seated climbing?
It can get a little crowded there even with just a couple of accessories....

These bars are great for climbing, seated or not, with their wide, forward grip positions....almost similar to mountain bars with bar ends....
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I think those look lovely Fixer. Aesthetically, they are the most pleasing design.
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I don't like mine for touring - Nitto Noodle for my touring bike. I do, however, use the moustache bars on my fixed-gear. Like them there.
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I don't like mine for touring - Nitto Noodle for my touring bike. I do, however, use the moustache bars on my fixed-gear. Like them there.
Explain why you made the decision mentioned above. I have a handlebar decision to make in the near future.

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I don't like mine for touring -
I do, however, use the moustache bars on my fixed-gear. Like them there.
Same here. I've got them on my fixed gear and on my road bike, but no longer decided to use them on my touring bike.

They're great for short distances, but not for 6+ hours on the bike with them. On my last short tour with them I discovered I needed a little more variation in hand position as well as elevation.
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Explain why you made the decision mentioned above. I have a handlebar decision to make in the near future.
For longer rides, I like the versatility of the Noodle drops. Most of the time, I'm riding with my hands on the bar tops, occasionally on the brake levers. When I want variety, I sit upright with no hands or go to the drops.

The moustache bars don't have "tops." The curve of the bar is significantly forward of the stem, necessitating a shorter stem for the same extension I have when in the plane of the stem (on the Noodles). When I **do** want a more upright position on the moustache bars, my only option is to put the balls of my palms on the ends of the bars - not a very comfortable position for long. If I grasp the "arms" of the moustache, my wrists are bent at an inconvenient angle. I don't mind the forward position on the moustache bars when I'm exercising, because I'm normally exerting more effort than when touring. The more forward "aggressive" position provided by the moustache bars is a benefit on my fixed gear but not on my tourer.

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