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Correct handlebars for path racer? lauterwasser vs flipped north roads

Old 09-20-12, 08:47 PM
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Correct handlebars for path racer? lauterwasser vs flipped north roads

Hi everyone,

I bought a pashley guvnor plus two. Here is a picture https://www.theguvnorsassembly.com/wp...11/09/Ooh1.jpg

Everything about the bike I love except for the handlebars.

Therefore, I have decided to change them out! I've been thinking about either the lauterwasser bars https://store.somafab.com/solah…..r.html or flipped north roads https://harriscyclery.net/product/nit...dlebar-411.htm

Any thoughts on which ones I should go for? Or perhaps suggestion on another type of bar?

My considerations are that the handlebar:

1. stays true to the 1930s path racer style.
2. Be aesthetically pleasing with leather bar tape and aggressive looking while also offering a more comfortable position than major taylors/drop bars
3. Accept a bar end brake lever

Thoughts and opinions are much appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 09-20-12, 09:33 PM
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I think the Lauterwasser bar will be the most appropriate for that bike. At least that's what I'd put on it. BTW, have you considered putting some fenders on the bike? To my eye, they'd look great on the bike.
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Well, the bike came spec'd with flipped North Road bars, so that would be my first impulse is to return the bike to its original configuration. Lauterwassers would be cool and aggressive but they also lenghten the reach, so if the bike fits now, Lauterwasser's would most likely require a shorter stem, and they look best IMO with a very short stem.
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+1 for flopped North Road bars. They have a little less drop than the Lauterwassers, and a little less forward reach; I think they'll complement the looks of your bike (which is BEAUTIFUL, by the way) better and be more comfortable.
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@ Velognome: My version of the guvnor did not come with flipped north roads, which is why they are a consideration. They came with major taylors https://store.somafab.com/majortaylorbar.html

I appreciate everyone's responses so far. It's a hard decision without actually trying the handlebar set up out.

Regarding a shorter stem, what mm were you thinking of? 80mm or shorter?
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Old 09-21-12, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
I think the Lauterwasser bar will be the most appropriate for that bike. At least that's what I'd put on it. BTW, have you considered putting some fenders on the bike? To my eye, they'd look great on the bike.
Yes, I have thought of putting it fenders just because they are so damn practical! The only reason i haven't is because i am not sure if they would spoil the clean look of the bike or if so what kind/color fenders i would go for. But I am definitely thinking about it. If you have suggestions, I would welcome them

thanks!
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Old 09-21-12, 10:56 AM
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The Soma Lauterwasser bar is nice, though it's not quite shaped like a real Lauterwasser bar. The same may be said for their Major Taylor bar, but that's another subject.

How long is the top tube of your bike, and how long is the stem on your bike now? I have the Soma Lauterwasser bar on a Falcon with a stem that's about 3 inches long, and it looks okay like that. The Falcon has a shorter top tube than the typical 1930's bike that would have come with an original Lauterwasser bar.

Anyway, I prefer the Soma Lauterwasser bar to a flipped Northroad bar, but it is mostly a question of reach. The flipped Northroad didn't suit the bike I tried it on.
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My 2 cents is that the original Soma Major Taylor bars are closely representative of a 30's path Racer although the drop isn't quite as deep. That or a true track bend.

Flipped North Roads bars remind me more of the Scorchers from 2 decades earlier.

In the end it's your bike and it really doesn't matter a hoot what bars you run as long as you're happy with them!
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Regarding a shorter stem, what mm were you thinking of? 80mm or shorter?
Shorter, maybe a 50mm

the original Soma Major Taylor bars are closely representative of a 30's path Racer although the drop isn't quite as deep. That or a true track bend.

Flipped North Roads bars remind me more of the Scorchers from 2 decades earlier.
True, but Northroads and a Reynolds made version show up frequently too, perhaps on more Club style bikes then Path/Track frames.
That said, the Pashley Guvnor is a retro stylized bike and not an accurate copy of a period Road/Path. Pashley seems to spec them with inverted Northroads, the Major Taylor bars seem to be spec.d for the Urban Clubman. My thought would be to return it to it's original configuration althought the OP states it came with Major Taylor bars. Would certianly look proper with the lauterwassers or northroads. So as Clubman said, It's your bike, do what makes you happy



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Soma's Walker Racer track bar might look nice, with its flared drops and short top section. Soma recommends using their pursuit bar end levers with the Walker. My only issue with the bar is that its drop seems a bit deep compared to those seen on authentic path racers.
Soma Walker Racer Track Bar
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