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    Butterfly/trekking handlebars, brakes and shifter configuration. What say you?

    Hello touring folks.

    I'm setting up a couple of bikes for long distance loaded touring.

    Both bikes have been equipped with butterfly/trekking bars. The next question is setup.

    I know alot depends on reach distance, preferences, etc. etc., but what is YOUR preferred configuration for shifters and brakes on your tourer and why?



    or



    or some other option?

    Also on long distance touring is it beneficial to have a highly adjustable stem (both height and angle), or once you dial it in, is one configuration typically good enough?

    Thanks for your input.

    Ride on!!

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    steltz02, In general I think that with any new set up there will be frequent adjustments whose frequency will taper off with saddle time into that ideal fit. An adjustable stem can be an asset.

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    I have set them up both ways and didn't like either. For me the controls have to be in my optimum riding position and straight horizontal isn't optimal. Just not a natural position for me. So I switched to traditional touring bars with a swept back angle. Added a couple bar ends for a more stretched out option. This has worked great for me. Just something to consider.
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    Here is how I set up my butterfly bars. I ride mostly on the cork grips and outboard curve, so I wanted the brake.shift controls close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VT_Speed_TR View Post
    Here is how I set up my butterfly bars. I ride mostly on the cork grips and outboard curve, so I wanted the brake.shift controls close.


    That's the same setup I have, brakes and shifters close, and my bar is almost flat so I can reach/stretch out and cut down on some wind resistance. I love my trekking bars!

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    I put my brake levers far enough outboard that I can "fingertip" brake while my hands are on the sides. (yes, I know my tape wrapping is not a thing of beauty! Under the cork tape are old inner-tubes wrapped in the opposite direction. )

    Of course this is my "everything" bike, so I mostly use it for commuting and errand running, so I haven't had to use it for extended periods very often, but it's been a fine setup the few times I have cruised the River-Road.

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