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Old 10-16-13, 09:21 AM   #1
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What handlebar do you use on cargo bike? Anyone replaced Xtracycle EdgeRunner bars?

I have a relatively new Xtracycle EdgeRunner in the large size. The steerer tube is ridiculously long, and the stem and bars sit several inches above the saddle.

I typically ride a road bike and a CX bike, and I would prefer a more aggressive rid

ing position. Plus I am getting shoulder pain from the awkward bar position (bar ends have quite a bit of angle to them). What kind of bars/stem are you running on your Edgerunner or other cargo bike? Looking for recommendations. Thanks.
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Old 10-27-13, 01:02 AM   #2
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I've not seen an Edgerunner in person. But looking at some pics online, I was thinking maybe it would be worth trying an adjustable stem. You can get them in various lengths on Amazon for instance. Might be worth playing around with your stem angle a little bit to see what you like and that would be easy with an adjustable one.

Maybe a straighter bar, more like a mountain bike would suit you. Another idea that came to mind would be a trekking bar like the one on the Novara Safari. If you have an REI store near you, they usually stock one so you could see the unusual bar arrangement. You'd have a lot of hand position options.

I have a Trek Transport and I think the stock bar is decent. It's a Bontrager Capital Urban handlebar. A little bit of an angle but not too much. You might take a look at that and see what you think.

Last idea. Maybe something like the drop bar on a Salsa Fargo...
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Not using one of those, specifically .. But I find the Trekking bars setup Nice,

MTB Disc Brake friendly set up ease. there is a near (I have the Brakes and Shifter there) ,
and Far to reach a bit into headwinds , and bending my elbows I get a low..
in the drops like posture.

and Mine is set up a bit higher than the saddle height.

so perhaps that height can be to an advantage.



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why would you want a utility bike to ride like a Race bike? Chill, Dude , it's a Pickup truck .

you can flip and slam the stems on the F1 rigs

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Old 10-27-13, 12:28 PM   #4
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I typically ride a road bike and a CX bike, and I would prefer a more aggressive riding position.
It's not about what you like. It's about controlling a loaded xtra cycle when loaded. That takes more leverage than drops provide.
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I am running these and really like them, even with around 200lbs of cargo they have handled well.

http://www.jbimporters.com/web/check...t_number=33984
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Not using one of those, specifically .. But I find the Trekking bars setup Nice,

MTB Disc Brake friendly set up ease. there is a near (I have the Brakes and Shifter there) ,
and Far to reach a bit into headwinds , and bending my elbows I get a low..
in the drops like posture.

and Mine is set up a bit higher than the saddle height.

so perhaps that height can be to an advantage.
+1, Sounds a lot like my set up. My brakes are on the far upper position, my shifters are stem mounted.
Mine are also set a bit higher than the saddle.



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why would you want a utility bike to ride like a Race bike? Chill, Dude , it's a Pickup truck .
I love it.

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It's not about what you like. It's about controlling a loaded xtra cycle when loaded. That takes more leverage than drops provide.
Exactly, and the trekking bars do give you more leverage.
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