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Originally Posted by brucewiley
A couple of minor problems I've noticed with my Trekking bars (non-LHT). When pedaling out of the saddle my knees can strike the shift levers of the SRAM X7 shifters. I'll probably eventually go to grip shifters.
When doing some tough downhill in the dirt loaded for camping and clamping down on the brakes hard, if it's rocky and rugged you aren't getting enough leverage to control the bike well with the hands that close together. Of course I should have avoided that road in the first place but that's another story.
Love the Trekking bars though.
I was a bit hesitant to try trekking/butterfly bars on my LHT, but after putting in some miles on the bike, I could appreciate the pros and cons.
Pros : a relaxed, more upright upper body position, multiple/at least 3 hand positions for controls, climbing/bar ends and an aero, lower more aerodynamic grips right in front of the bars.
Also easy removal of the well protected shifters and brake levers (compaerd to a drop bar) without messing with the grips.
Con : probably the hefty weight, compared to a flat or riser bar, and as noted above, a little loss of control for off road downhills.
Being a purely European/Dutch? invention (I could be wrong) and used mostly on 700C and 28 inch wheeled bikes on bike paths and good roads, I'd use my mountain bike for the rough stuff.
I find the stem length to be critical as the controls would be set back much closer than say a flat bar, and had to experiment with quite a few lengths to avoid the dreaded knee hitting the bar syndrome. Especially important as the LHT's top tube is shorter than my MTB and road bike, though the looong chainstays make up for a very comfortable touring ride.
I'm also using the outermost position the most, the part that mimics bar ends on a MTB. That's a bit distant from the brake levers, so I've got to be more alert in traffic or maybe ride more in Tibet