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Old 07-06-21, 10:59 AM
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Ok Here's a 1993 Bianchi Peregrine MTB. It is upgraded to 3x9 With Dura Ace downtime shifters on Pual Thumbie mounts. Noah's Arc handlebar, Trek Cromo stem. Tektro levers and cantilever brakes. Sugino XD600 triple. SunXCD rear mech with 11-30 cassette. XT hubs laced to Velocity NoBS rims. Accelerates quick and handles very nice.






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Is your wife Australian?
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No, just inspired by the artwork.
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Old 07-07-21, 09:06 AM
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Here's my 1x7 commuter. Bars swapped from my '86 World Tourist. Sakae-Ringyo MTS-101 stem. Selle Italia "Invincible" Epoca saddle. Suntour LePree 3 pulley RD. "Black jade metallic" powder coat.

Love the way the swept-back bars look w/ the slingshot stem.
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Old 07-07-21, 01:44 PM
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A lot of these bike have city bike saddles. Is this a consequence of the fact that with an higher handlebar you seat like in a city bike and so you need a wider saddle?
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Old 07-07-21, 02:00 PM
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A lot of these bike have city bike saddles. Is this a consequence of the fact that with an higher handlebar you seat like in a city bike and so you need a wider saddle?
That has been my experience with raising my bars higher than the saddle. Saddles all got swapped for something wider after one ride.
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Old 07-07-21, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by wesmamyke View Post
That has been my experience with raising my bars higher than the saddle. Saddles all got swapped for something wider after one ride.
Thank you.
I asked because since I'm going to do something similar to my old bike, I'd like to avoid buying parts which I will not use.
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Old 07-07-21, 02:28 PM
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With the higher bars you will have more weight on the seat, more padding will be nice.
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Old 07-07-21, 08:35 PM
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Love the way the swept-back bars look w/ the slingshot stem.
Thanks! Here's the current configuration.
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This is my bike:


The handlebar is too low and I would like it to be more comfortable in urban usage.
What is the best and cheapier way to achieve that.
Is it better to change the handlebar getting one which raises the handles height like these ones
https://www.amazon.it/Xlc-Manubrio-C...sports&sr=1-25

https://www.amazon.it/dp/B08BYNQQ3H/...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
or is it better to keep the current handlebar and change the stay using something like this
https://www.amazon.it/UPANBIKE-strada-Mountain-Attacco-manubrio-Extender/dp/B01HSX7DY2/ref=sr_1_15?__mk_it_IT=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=adattatore+manubrio+22&qid= 1625901142&
refinements=p_76%3A490211031&rnid=490203031&rps=1&s=sports&sr=1-15

and this
https://www.amazon.it/dp/B08817YF3P/...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

?
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Old 07-10-21, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Xwang View Post
This is my bike:

The handlebar is too low and I would like it to be more comfortable in urban usage.
What is the best and cheapier way to achieve that.?
Have you tried raising your stem? It looks like a quill stem, so it should be easy. If it's not enough, you can swap it for a riser stem like the one you showed. Make sure to check your local bike shops and co-ops first for something used.

As for handlebars, find something with some sweep, i.e. the ends point more back than straight out; they will be much more comfortable. Also, the riser stem and the swept bars will help compensate for the long top tube so you're not so stretched out. HTH.
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Old 07-10-21, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Xwang View Post
The handlebar is too low and I would like it to be more comfortable in urban usage.

Is it better to change the handlebar getting one which raises the handles height like these ones ...

or is it better to keep the current handlebar and change the stay using something like this
Everyone is different.

As suggested, you can do a taller riser stem and/or a taller riser bar.

My own personal preference is for both, given the most-comfortable riding position for me is in a much more upright position. So, it's a stem with a steeper angle combined with a bar that has greater rise than a typical flat bar.

You'll need to confirm the stem you have, in terms of both the steerer diameter (looks like 1" to me, from here) and the clamp diameter for the bar.

But you could combine something like these two, in the appropriate sizing and color of course:

1. A tall quill-type stem with 225-250mm of length, allowing for up to 8" (or more) of height above the top of the head tube, such as the Nitto Dirt Drop MT-10:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/373636443542

2. Handlebars with a much greater rise and moderate sweep, such as Velo-Orange's Milano, Tourist, or Left Bank bars:

https://velo-orange.com/collections/...lebar-22-2-dia

https://velo-orange.com/collections/...lebar-22-2-dia

https://velo-orange.com/collections/...ndlebar-config

3. You could also choose a "klunker" or BMX-type bar, selecting the suitable amount of rise and sweep ... such as:

https://www.danscomp.com/salt-pro-bm...rqage?v=541140


Those can certainly give you more height to the hands and change how far you reach for the grips. How much you raise and alter the forward/rearward positioning of the hands can change the amount of load on your saddle versus your hands. Choose carefully.
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Old 07-10-21, 03:43 PM
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The stem has a 22mm (or 7/8") diameter, its clamp accepts handlebars with 25,4 mm (1") diameter and is already at the maximum height.
My handlebar has a diameter of 25,4mm at the centre and 22mm at the extremities.
Probably I'll go for a new handlebar maybe a bmx one, but I do not know if a bmx handlebar is compatible with my stem and my brake levers.

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Originally Posted by Xwang View Post
The stem has a 22mm (or 7/8") diameter, its clamp accept handlebar with 25,4 mm (1") diameter and is already at the maximum height.
My handlebar has a diameter of 25,4mm at the centre and 22mm at the extremities.
Probably I'll go for a new handlebar maybe a bmx one, but I do not know if a bmx handlebar is compatible with my stem and my brake levers.
BMX bar is 7/8 the whole way. So youíd need a BMX stem. Maybe there is a newer standard Iím not aware of- but I grew up with 7/8 bmx bars at the clamp and we have 2 kids bikes with 7/8 bmx bar clamp diameter.

https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Handl...88802594&psc=1

^ I was going to use this bar for a build but when I was fitting my older daughter to a bike she asked for a higher bar- so I gave her the one I was going to use and ordered another.

Beware, theyíre slow on shipping lately.
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Originally Posted by Xwang View Post
The stem has a 22mm (or 7/8") diameter, its clamp accepts handlebars with 25,4 mm (1") diameter and is already at the maximum height.
My handlebar has a diameter of 25,4mm at the centre and 22mm at the extremities.
Probably I'll go for a new handlebar maybe a bmx one, but I do not know if a bmx handlebar is compatible with my stem and my brake levers.
One of your best bets for a BMX-style bar that fits a 25.4 clamp is this one: https://velo-orange.com/collections/...ru-klunker-680. It's got a good sweep, so you'll have a more upright seating stance.
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One of your best bets for a BMX-style bar that fits a 25.4 clamp is this one: https://velo-orange.com/collections/...ru-klunker-680. It's got a good sweep, so you'll have a more upright seating stance.
I think Xwang canít use that bar as I think his stem is non removable faceplate. And I PM him to swing by if heís in the area and weíll borrow parts from one of my kids bikes, but heís not stateside.
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Old 07-12-21, 10:28 AM
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I think Xwang canít use that bar as I think his stem is non removable faceplate. And I PM him to swing by if heís in the area and weíll borrow parts from one of my kids bikes, but heís not stateside.
You are right.
What do you think about this
https://www.decathlon.it/p/manubrio-...717?mc=8521985

or this:
https://www.decathlon.it/p/manubrio-...713?mc=8528703

Both are larger than my current handlebar (which measure 560mm and I think it makes the bike nimble when speed increases).
They are cheap and in case the rise is not enough I could change the stern with this one:
https://www.decathlon.it/p/attacco-m...651?mc=8379667
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You are right.
What do you think about this
https://www.decathlon.it/p/manubrio-...717?mc=8521985

or this:
https://www.decathlon.it/p/manubrio-...713?mc=8528703

Both are larger than my current handlebar (which measure 560mm and I think it makes the bike nimble when speed increases).
They are cheap and in case the rise is not enough I could change the stern with this one:
https://www.decathlon.it/p/attacco-m...651?mc=8379667
Bars are personal preference.
Bar on bottom has more sweep it seems, so that would bring the position back to you more. And itís wider- as long as you have enough room for grips and controls before the bend a wider bar might be more versatile only because itís easier to cut a bar than to add to the bar.
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Big Blu , nice bike. Which handlebar is that?
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Comfort upright

I donít remember the name of the bar, bought from Amazon with the foam sleeves.
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I think Xwang canít use that bar as I think his stem is non removable faceplate.
You are absolutely right...I wasn't paying attention
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Here's my new ride, The Black Prince. Specialized Hard Rock - 23.5" (year unknown, likely 1997)

Components
Emgo Skinny Scrambler Bars
Unbranded BMX stem 22.2mm
Panaracer x Simworks Homage tires
Kool Stop pads
Shimano Deer Head front and rear derailleur
Shimano 1st gen Thumb Shifters
Shimano Deore cranks
Shimano Biopace rings 48-38-28




I'm considering swapping the parts from this over to the frame of this 1999 GT Outpost that I found listed on CL for $100. Before I pull the trigger, I'd love to know if people have thoughts on the build quality / ride quality of the GT vs the HardRock.
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