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Old 04-12-17, 04:28 AM
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Can moustache bars with MTB levers take bar tape?

Not strictly a mechanical question, I realize, but I just installed moustache bars on my Surly LHT, to get a riding position more forward than with straight or riser bars, and was hoping to put bar tape on, but it looks awkward to fit it over the clamps of my brake levers and shifters. Anyone have any experience with this? Bar tape would be useful to allow more hand positions for long rides than you get with just grips.
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Old 04-12-17, 04:46 AM
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I'd put Road Levers (Tekro makes a set that is V-Brake compatible) on those bars instead.
Same location as your flat levers are, except the curved levers will be a lot easier to grab onto. Plus more straightforward to wrap bar tape onto.

and ....with your shifters where they are.... how do you grab the brakes? aren't the shifter pods mounted right where your hands would need to be? seems like that would hurt.
consider Bar-End Shifters instead? (along with the aforementioned Road Levers)
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Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
I'd put Road Levers (Tekro makes a set that is V-Brake compatible) on those bars instead.
Same location as your flat levers are, except the curved levers will be a lot easier to grab onto. Plus more straightforward to wrap bar tape onto.

and ....with your shifters where they are.... how do you grab the brakes? aren't the shifter pods mounted right where your hands would need to be? seems like that would hurt.
consider Bar-End Shifters instead? (along with the aforementioned Road Levers)
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Apart from that, anything can be wrapped. You'll have to Watch the progression a bit so that you can cross the clamps where they're flat, and not over the "knuckle" for the screw.
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Yes to all of the above. I suggest ride with lightweight gloves and without tape for a while until you get the right levers and shifters and get the positioning sorted out. Unless of course you like practicing taping and re-taping.
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Old 04-12-17, 08:51 AM
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If that was my build I would move the brake levers outboard of the shifters, on the flat outer part of the bar, and skootch the shifters over against them.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Yes to all of the above. I suggest ride with lightweight gloves and without tape for a while until you get the right levers and shifters and get the positioning sorted out. Unless of course you like practicing taping and re-taping.
All this is interesting, thanks. I hadn't heard of those Tektro hybrid brake levers. Would barend shifters fit these 22.2mm handlebars, though?
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Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
I'd put Road Levers (Tekro makes a set that is V-Brake compatible) on those bars instead.
Same location as your flat levers are, except the curved levers will be a lot easier to grab onto. Plus more straightforward to wrap bar tape onto.

and ....with your shifters where they are.... how do you grab the brakes? aren't the shifter pods mounted right where your hands would need to be? seems like that would hurt.
consider Bar-End Shifters instead? (along with the aforementioned Road Levers)
Yes, I need to play around with the shifter position. Initially, the clamps didn't want to go any further up the bar, but I may try to open them up somewhat, or look into barend shifters, wich I've never used before.
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If you are set on these brake levers, I would move them down so that you spend the majority of your time near the ends ala an albatross/oxford setup. This however becomes an issue of, "are you tooling around town?" or "going on longer rides?"

If you intend on wrapping them, I personally think it might not look very nice. Maybe some cloth tape shellaced??

If these are nitto moustache bars, I can confirm that bar end shifters do infact fit.
When I had nitto moustaches, I needed to shorten the stem and make it really high to be comfortable. I had standard road levers. The high and short stem made grabbing the brakes easy and not a stretched out feeling.
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Most of the moustache bars I've seen had road brake levers and bar end shifters.

In any case, I'd play around with the position of the controls for a while before putting the final tape on. You can use strips of old inner tube as temporary tape (or you could use real handlebar tape as temporary tape) during the testing/adjustment phase.
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Here are the Tektro V-brake road levers: https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RL520-.../dp/B001IORJVU

Some moustache bars have the ends counter bored for bar end shifters or reverse aero brake levers. If yours are not counter bore, you can do it yourself; I used a bit from this set: Silver And Deming Drill Bit Set 8 Pc turned by hand will plenty of lubrication to counter bore a trekking bar for reverse aero brake levers.
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I run 'stache bars on my commuter, and am never quite sure if I like them. I did like the more upright aggressive position for urban riding though.

This guy has some good things to say about setting up mustache bars:
Google 'Stanford mustache bars'
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Old 04-16-17, 02:29 AM
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Originally Posted by bluenote157 View Post
If you are set on these brake levers, I would move them down so that you spend the majority of your time near the ends ala an albatross/oxford setup. This however becomes an issue of, "are you tooling around town?" or "going on longer rides?"

If you intend on wrapping them, I personally think it might not look very nice. Maybe some cloth tape shellaced??

If these are nitto moustache bars, I can confirm that bar end shifters do infact fit.
When I had nitto moustaches, I needed to shorten the stem and make it really high to be comfortable. I had standard road levers. The high and short stem made grabbing the brakes easy and not a stretched out feeling.
Thanks. Yes, I'd like the setup to be functionally and visually coherent, and now realize this may require changing brake levers and/or shifters. For the moment, I am mostly tooling around town, but also planning a tour with this bike in Ireland or Holland in the summer My experience with these bars so far is very similar to yours -- I flipped my stem back to angle up, and moved it up a couple of spaces on the spacers, though the position is maybe still a bit far forward. They're Brick Lane Bikes handlebars, and the drop is a bit lower than Soma's muostache bars, but I haven't tried Nittos.
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Old 04-16-17, 02:44 AM
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Originally Posted by skiingfury View Post
I run 'stache bars on my commuter, and am never quite sure if I like them. I did like the more upright aggressive position for urban riding though.

This guy has some good things to say about setting up mustache bars:
Google 'Stanford mustache bars'
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Hey thanks, that was an informative post. I am working on getting these set up comfortably, though I wonder if they will work well for longer rides, when the time comes.
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Hey thanks, that was an informative post. I am working on getting these set up comfortably, though I wonder if they will work well for longer rides, when the time comes.
My longest rides have been ~75 miles on these bars. Mustache bars seem to work best on bikes with short top tubes and short stems as the bends reach so far ahead of the point at which the engage the stem. I have had a good time on short TT bikes and a bad time on long TT bikes. If you can find a bike with a short top tube, they offer both an aero position with a nice, big flat spot on the brake hoods to rest your weight as well as a 'sunday outing' position on the parallel ends.
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Old 04-23-17, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
If that was my build I would move the brake levers outboard of the shifters, on the flat outer part of the bar, and skootch the shifters over against them.
Thanks, it's good advice and I moved things around as you suggested. Photo to follow.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Most of the moustache bars I've seen had road brake levers and bar end shifters.

In any case, I'd play around with the position of the controls for a while before putting the final tape on. You can use strips of old inner tube as temporary tape (or you could use real handlebar tape as temporary tape) during the testing/adjustment phase.

I went ahead and wrapped the bars provisionally with inner tube strips, while thinking about which levers I should maybe replace (though on a short budget at the moment). The MTB brake levers feel reasonably comfortable, though the chunky band is a bit awkward to wrap. See photo, coming up soon.
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I got swept up with work again, so it's been a slow process, but here is my current setup, thanks to useful input from people on the forum. I moved my saddle forward, too, and the position feels pretty good.
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