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Old 04-25-09, 04:13 PM
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Show me your flipped North Road bars!

I am working on an old Triumph that someone decided to put ape-hanger bars on. I've got a Soma Sparrow bar on it's way and am thinking of mounting it upside down. I'd love to see pics of your city-style bike to see if that's the way I'll go, or if I'll just leave them traditional.

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Old 04-25-09, 04:36 PM
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Photos of my current winter bike, a bianchi hybrid with some modifications. The handlebars are Nitto albatross

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Old 04-25-09, 04:48 PM
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here's a flipped wald bar:

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Old 04-25-09, 08:00 PM
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These are SR bars, iirc, on my Velo Cheapo (since sold):



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Old 04-25-09, 10:50 PM
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What's the point of flipped bars with extreme rise stems? Seems azzbackwards.
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Old 04-26-09, 12:35 AM
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What's the point of flipped bars with extreme rise stems? Seems azzbackwards.
Probably just the look.

I'm putting an old road quill stem on my Triumph, and I have drop bars on my other bikes ('cept the mountain bike).

I don't think I can go wrong either way (flipped or upright) on my bar...
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Here are a few shots of an old chrome plated steel bar I had mounted on... yep, an old chrome plated steel French track bike.

In this case, the frame size combined with the reach and drop of this stem and handlebar bar really happened to work out perfectly for me. Drop bars felt simply too deep and would have been impractical any sort of riding around town, the bar in an upright position felt very awkward on this bike.

I think the setup also looked pretty Kool on the bike... almost like something from the early 1900s.








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Flipped down


Flipped up
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Old 04-26-09, 06:57 AM
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I'll ask that again and more. why put 'ape hangars' on upside down? can you steer that way? by ape hangars I assume he means the bars like were on old stingrays?
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Old 04-26-09, 08:09 AM
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Here's my rebuilt Raleigh Sports with flipped bars:
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Old 04-26-09, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I'll ask that again and more. why put 'ape hangars' on upside down? can you steer that way? by ape hangars I assume he means the bars like were on old stingrays?
Who are you referring to? Me?
The previous owner put the ape hangers on, but not upside down... I don't think I inferred that...
Yes, "ape hangers" are the old Stingray style of bars.

I'll probably donate my old bar to some guy that wants to make a "low rider" bike. There are plenty of those here in the Phoenix area.
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Originally Posted by gbalke View Post
Here's my rebuilt Raleigh Sports with flipper bars:
This is what the Triumph will end up looking like. I've got a repro hairpin saddle, though.
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Old 04-26-09, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
Flipped down


Flipped up
That a GREAT comparison! I think I'll stay with my original plan to flip the bar.

Plus, I'm adding repro rat trap pedals with clips & straps!
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Old 04-26-09, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I'll ask that again and more. why put 'ape hangars' on upside down? can you steer that way? by ape hangars I assume he means the bars like were on old stingrays?

If I understand the OP correctly, someone else put apehangers on the bike. The plan is to remove those and to replace them with flipped Sparrrow bars.
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Old 04-26-09, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I'll ask that again and more. why put 'ape hangars' on upside down? can you steer that way? by ape hangars I assume he means the bars like were on old stingrays?
You can get one hell of an aero drop--you have to rest your chin on the stem.
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bbattle that bike looks absolutely great! Great both ways... I can't decide which set-up I prefer they both look wonderful. Everything blends together perfectly either way. Amazing what can be done with just a simple old steel frameset... and solid inspired vision. Great use of black accents against the white frame color, too!

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Why? North road bars are beautiful right side up, why cant you just get a nitto moustache bar if you like the look. To me, flipping North roads is like flipping drops.
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Originally Posted by frpax View Post
Yes, "ape hangers" are the old Stingray style of bars.
Except when I was a kid, we didn't call them "ape hangers." Problem is, now I can't remember what we called them. Does anybody a different name for these bars?
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Originally Posted by Biopacer View Post
Why? North road bars are beautiful right side up, why cant you just get a nitto moustache bar if you like the look. To me, flipping North roads is like flipping drops.
Nah, flipped drops just look stoopid. Flipped North roads look smart.
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Originally Posted by Blue Order View Post
Does anybody a different name for these bars?

"armpit dryers" rings a bell.
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Originally Posted by Blue Order View Post
Except when I was a kid, we didn't call them "ape hangers." Problem is, now I can't remember what we called them. Does anybody a different name for these bars?
IIRC, we just called them "high rise".
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Except when I was a kid, we didn't call them "ape hangers." Problem is, now I can't remember what we called them. Does anybody a different name for these bars?
I remember calling them 'high rise' handlebars. But maybe they went by other names as well.
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I've since had to replace the B66 as it had started to tear and was uncomfortable to ride. I put a Pre-Aged B17 on the bike. It rides lovely and is great around town with just enough drop that I am not sitting bolt upright into the headwinds.
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A Raleigh Int'l I built up a few years back:

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Flipped with tilt for comfort...

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