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Old 04-11-08, 02:25 PM   #1
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Rohloff shifter on trekking bars

I have a Thorn Raven Nomad with Thorn's "comfort bars". Unfortunately I don't find them comfortable and I would like to switch to something else. I was thinking of trying trekking bars or butterfly bars but I am wondering if the Rohloff shifter will fit.

I know Thorn doesn't like the trekking bars, but I wonder if they are incompatible with the Rohloff shifter.

Anybody know?
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Old 04-11-08, 03:10 PM   #2
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They will work.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/rohloff.html
"The standard twist grip shifter fits straight handlebars with a 7/8" (22.2 mm diameter.) This includes basically all upright or "mountain bike" type handlebars, but does not include drop bars as used on most touring bikes."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/outdoo...ng_around/kit/

Click on the handlebars of the bike and it shows a picture with them.
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Thanks Robert.

That pic was exactly what I needed to see.
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No problem

So this is the bike you have now, it's set up the same way?



Did you want to go with trekking bars for more hand positions or just a better hand position?
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I met some tourers passing through from Switzerland the other day. They had butterfly handlebars and had the Rohloff shifter on the the right-side bar end -- that is, near the middle of the handlebars, just to the left of the right thumb. They had done a lot of miles and said it worked really well. I didn't ask what brand of handlebars but they looked like the Nashbar Trekking ATB/Hybrid. It looked like an excellent setup.
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Yup thats the bike. Same colour too.

I have fiddled with rotating the handle bar, but it is just not comfortable. I need more and better hand positions. I guess I could put on bar ends or inboard bar extensions.

I have moustache bars on my Atlantis, I thought I would give the trekking bars a try on the thorn.
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Consider some Titec H-Bars if the Trekking bars don't pan out.
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which bike is that on vik?

I thought you were into recumbents these days..
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which bike is that on vik?

I thought you were into recumbents these days..
Those are just some pics off flickr that show what the H-bar looks like. I've got one mounted on my Big Dummy, but no useful pics of it at the moment. I've got 7 bikes in play at the moment - one of which is a recumbent. The bent is great, but it isn't the only game in town...
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This is my Thorn Nomad with the straight bars and barends I fitted. Worked a treat.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...e/PICT0177.jpg
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maybe a stupid question but how did you get the grips off?
or did you just cut the ends off to get the bar ends on?
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You can always put the shifter on a bar-end clamped anywhere you want on your bars or stem.
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maybe a stupid question but how did you get the grips off?
or did you just cut the ends off to get the bar ends on?
I unscrewed the Gear Changer and moved it inboard. Then slipped a narrow screwdriver beneath the end of the grip and sprayed WD40 inside and the grips came off very easily.

Incidentally I tried the Argon Barends and others before opting for the method shown. I found that using Gel tape as shown made for a more comfortable platform.

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