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    Trekking bars and grip shifters

    is it possible to put my grip shifters on trekking bars. I like my grip shifters

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    Quote Originally Posted by babysaph
    is it possible to put my grip shifters on trekking bars. I like my grip shifters
    babysaph,

    on my novara safari it comes with trekking bars and SRAM attack grip shifters so it should be fairly easy to do
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    Yeah, it's a super easy deal. Treking bars, grip sfifters, v-brakes-- easy to instal and work on!

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    Totally yes . . . . this is one of the main reasons poeple use these bars! They are MTB component compatible. Putting drops on a MTB is a bigger project that includes buying new shifters, brake levers,etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcl
    Totally yes . . . . this is one of the main reasons poeple use these bars! They are MTB component compatible. Putting drops on a MTB is a bigger project that includes buying new shifters, brake levers,etc.

    I wouldn't say it's one of the main reasons people use these bars. That may be selling trekking bars short.

    Most of the talk I've heard about switching to them relates to hand positions available and an upright riding position. If I remember right, there are eight bikes with trekking bars currently in the Fully Loaded Touring Bike - Photo Gallery ... At least a couple are utilizing the same bar end shifters they could have used with drop bars.

    My wife is such an example. I was looking forward to installing drop bars on her touring bike (based on a mtb). However, she'd tried out the trekking bars on a Novara Safari and liked them a lot. When I installed the trekking bars we stuck with bar end shifters because of their simplicity. This was in 2003 and she still loves those bars.

    I'm not putting down grip shift though. This all comes down to personal preference.

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    I have trekking bars that I installed on my hybrid. I'm still using the grip shifts that were originally on the bike. They work perfectly, and of course provide many, many hand positions -- the reason I put them on in the first place.

    This picture isn't very detailed, but it will give you the idea: click here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles2go
    I wouldn't say it's one of the main reasons people use these bars. That may be selling trekking bars short.

    Most of the talk I've heard about switching to them relates to hand positions available and an upright riding position. If I remember right, there are eight bikes with trekking bars currently in the Fully Loaded Touring Bike - Photo Gallery ... At least a couple are utilizing the same bar end shifters they could have used with drop bars.

    My wife is such an example. I was looking forward to installing drop bars on her touring bike (based on a mtb). However, she'd tried out the trekking bars on a Novara Safari and liked them a lot. When I installed the trekking bars we stuck with bar end shifters because of their simplicity. This was in 2003 and she still loves those bars.

    I'm not putting down grip shift though. This all comes down to personal preference.

    Cheers,
    I am not ripping trekking bars because I just installed them on my MTB . . . . but not having to go out and buy new shifters, break levers, and a stem to add extra hand positions was major consideration in my decision and other people have said the same in other threads. However, I totally agree that it is a matter of personal preferences.

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    Anybody have any more schematics? I like where you have your shifters, Staple, although that seems to be the only option for grip shifters on touring bars, right? W where are the brake levers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by robmcl
    Totally yes . . . . this is one of the main reasons poeple use these bars! They are MTB component compatible. Putting drops on a MTB is a bigger project that includes buying new shifters, brake levers,etc.
    This is the main reason I use an aero bar on my upgraded hybrid Marin Kentfield. Low gearing and powerful V-brakes are more reasonable to me in hilly areas when I carry 25 kg at 80 km distance. Of course, probably I need more fitness to use road gearing for touring.

    Bklyn, sorry I have not the picture of the trekking bar for you.
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