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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skookum View Post
    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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    onbike

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by skookum View Post
    onbike

    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.

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...e/PICT0384.jpg
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