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Love the Townie, hate the long reach to the handlebars-any suggestions?

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Love the Townie, hate the long reach to the handlebars-any suggestions?

Old 09-04-18, 07:18 AM
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The standard Townie bars made my hands fall asleep/go numb, so I went with a Specialized straight mountain bike handlebar.


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Old 09-04-18, 07:44 AM
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How easy is it to remove and reattach the brake levers, grips and shifter over to new bars? Also, would there be an issue with brake cable length if I went for Cruiser Ape bars, for example?

On my Townie 8i, I have a twist-shift on the right-hand side grip.
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Old 09-04-18, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
How easy is it to remove and reattach the brake levers, grips and shifter over to new bars? Also, would there be an issue with brake cable length if I went for Cruiser Ape bars, for example?

On my Townie 8i, I have a twist-shift on the right-hand side grip.
I didn't have any issues,the levers/grips/shifters moved right over (carefully removing the grips, and using hair spray or gel to reassemble them). I went with a lower rise, so I just left the cable length alone.
They guys over at https://www.ratrodbikes.com/ might have a better answer for you as far as sources for extended length cables, or buy some for a tandem and cut them down.
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Old 09-04-18, 03:18 PM
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Townie with original handlebars


Townie with cruiser handlebars
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Old 09-04-18, 03:21 PM
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I took my Townie to my LBS and they switched the handlebars for me. Yes, it involved some new cables but it was worth it.
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Old 09-11-18, 09:14 AM
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I'm not too fond of the far reach either and I was just about to consider changing handlebars. Then I realized if I sat up straighter that my bad knee would "pop" when I pedaled. Bent forward to reach the handlebars and my knee didn't pop. The reason I went with the Townie is because it's the only bike I tested that was easy on my knee. So as much as I wish I could get another handlebar, I'm going to end up keeping it since it magically puts my body in the right position so as to not hurt my knee. That's what's so good about bikes I guess, each one can be customized to your needs and the way you want them to look
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Old 09-16-18, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by deathcrow76 View Post
I'd like to see how they look too thanks!
kill the thread! He gets it! Lots of handlebar options - awesome! Lol
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Old 09-17-18, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by recycledrider View Post
I loved how the Townie felt on my bottom and legs/knees, but felt like I was reaching out too far and wide to reach the handlebars.
I also rode a Trek Verve 3 and loved how that felt, but it was not quite as comfortable in the legs. I was fitted at a quality bike shop, and the associate made several adjustments. Anybody ever swap out the Townie's straight bars for some curved ones?
After trying a pair of "full moon" bars from HBBC I ended up going to a custom fabricator & having him build me what I needed. Would be happy to forward references!
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Old 05-03-19, 10:53 PM
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Thank You Trestlehed! These are the bars that I want for my bike. Townie 21D
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Originally Posted by Townie7D View Post
I took my Townie to my LBS and they switched the handlebars for me. Yes, it involved some new cables but it was worth it.
I just found some dude on a bike group or Craigslist with good old Walds, Torringtons or similar old and wide, long bars and did it myself.
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New Handlebars

I got the Electra Cruiser Cafe Bars installed on my bike. I love the posture better, the bike seems easier to ride. My other Townie will have Bullhorn Bars.
Electra Townie 21D with Cafe Bars.
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Townie 21d w/Bullhorns
Townie with the Electra Cruiser Bullhorn Bars.
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