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    Touring, Handlebars, and Compatibility!!!

    Hey all,
    In preparation for a tour from Denver to Philadelphia this April, I'm looking to upgrade my handlebars. I ride a hybrid, and my current handlebars are the flat, mountain variety. I already ordered all the parts for a drop handlebar setup(including new cables and STIs) but recently discovered that STIs don't always synch with front hybrid derailleurs. So my first question is: does anybody know anything else about this incompatibility issue? And my second question is: what's the word on Euro or Trek bars? They look tempting (lots of space to mount all my gizmos) but I'm worried about the comfort factor. Last year I did a tour from Portland, Oregon to Walden, Colorado, with just bar ends and the mustache bar, and at times it was a little painful. Which is better--Treks or drops?
    Your suggestions are more than welcome!!!

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    Trekking bars: figure 8 like bend, 1" center clamp, 7/8" tube .
    Drop bars:, rams horn bend , 26mm center, 15/16" tube ..
    position change near and far , versus up and down
    control levers for 7/8 tube won't fit a 15/16" one..
    there are shims to reduce down 'road' Stems from 26mm to 25.4mm,
    but not the opposite.

    I have trekking bars on my 2 most used bikes..
    which happen to have a grip-shift that only fits the 22.2 tube..

    how you detail the fit is more than just throwing a different handle bar on.
    perhaps reach and height are not well considered..
    and the different bar is going to need a whole different set-up.

    I have a Randonneur bar , a particular bend of drop bars. and the way I set them up
    took a years of riding , adjustments thinking and redesign to sort out..
    then some of the pieces .. 'off the front' grip shapes
    i used multiple sets to make a round bar wider and flattish surface..
    they went out of biz.

    if you want an easy alteration, Ergon GC3 integrates a broad flattish grip
    and bar-end to work seamlessly together.. both well designed.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 03-06-12 at 07:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post

    (snip!)

    if you want an easy alteration, Ergon GC3 integrates a broad flattish grip
    and bar-end to work seamlessly together.. both well designed.
    This is pretty much what I'm running - Ergon GC3's almost horizontal with the barends taped over and the flat handlebar cut down to shoulder width. Gives a similar range of positions as a drop bar minus the drops - and I personally prefer it.

    An added plus is you get to keep the mtb shifters and brake kevers and get a crash bar to protect them.

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    If you go with Trekking bars and grip shifters you'll have a good combination. pleanty of room for accessories and more hand placement areas. Just watch what kind of bar bag (if any) you use, you might not have a lot of room witha big bag. I use the Topeak mid size and it fits well.

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    I wouldn't clutter up the bar with gadgets, myself... stack threadless stems,
    put a couple things there on the lower bar and stem, with the handle bar bag mount.
    leave a lot of gadgets at home..

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    jeremytucker99, If you're going to try the trekking bars, I suggest you install them well before your tour just to make sure you like them. Nashbar has an inexpensive set to test.

    Brad

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