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An inexpensive drop bar shaped for riding the hoods

Old 09-19-13, 05:44 PM
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An inexpensive drop bar shaped for riding the hoods

Since I'm into early seventies mostly French bikes, I've never tried a drop bar that is shaped for riding the hoods. My Jeunet beater has modern brakes with comfortably shaped hoods, so I want to give it a try. I guess Nitto Noodles or some other Nittos would be an obvious choice, but they probably cost more than the bike is worth. Is there an inexpensive alternative that I can try?
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Old 09-19-13, 05:52 PM
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Old 09-19-13, 05:56 PM
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I like this one from Velo-Orange.
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...ound-bend.html

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Old 09-19-13, 05:59 PM
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this is kind of an interesting subject that i just recently realized when first riding my '80 grand jubilé with its pivo bars. there's something about them and their weinmann levers that makes riding on the hoods less comfortable than my other bikes. i've found all the others (cinelli, 3ttt, and japanese brands) were very comfortable on the hoods. i've gotten used to it now, but still...

i'm sure if i switched to new cane creek scr-5 levers (or something similar) like i have on a couple other bikes, there wouldn't be any issue. they have wide, comfy hoods and smooth levers that provide a ton of leverage. they also come with gum hoods (for a few dollars more), so they don't look all that much out of place on vintage machines.
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semi inexpensive...
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Most of your bikes that come to my mind don't have drop bars. Are you saying you have drop bars that aren't comfortable on the hoods? Are you specifically looking for something with a longer reach? A shorter reach? So much of it depends on the rider, the stem, the levers, where they're positioned on the bars, etc. I'm not sure what to suggest. I do like my Nitto Randonneur bars quite a bit though. Lots of folks like the GB rando bars too, and sometimes you can find them inexpensively.
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There is a set of GB bars on my Raleigh Pro that are perfect for riding in non-aero hoods with (Campy Record at least). Not quite as flat as the modern Nitto Noodle/whatever setup with aero levers, but pretty close.

This velobase entry is probably the model: https://www.velobase.com/ViewComponen...m=112&AbsPos=5
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I saw Bars for Riding Hood. And got a totaly different picture.
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^ With your user name? No doubt

Also look at the Soma Hwy 1 bars (haven't used them but intend to).
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A little red riding hood? That's everything that a big bad Wulf could want.
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Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
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I like these too...short reach bars for long hoods. NITTO Mod 176 if you ever need 26.0.

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Pretty comfy ride in the hoods

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A little red riding hood? That's everything that a big bad Wulf could want.
I like James Thurber's version where Little Red Riding Hood whips out a .38 and ends it right there. The moral being, "you can't fool little girls like you used to"

As to the bars, I recently bought a French bike with bars very similar to what VO has made up for them, It made me rethink my riding position as the bars "throw" is so much farther than any of the Cinelli bars on my other machines. I ended up with a stem 20 mm shorter than what I was anticipating as the dimensions to the hoods and hooks are the same but on the tops I am now shorter with these bars. Kind of useful as when on the tops I am typically working uphill. I say go for the VO units.
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Civia Emerson, Soma Hwy 1
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Those cost 50 dollars. They are as expensive as Nitto bars (which he mentioned were to expensive).
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I guess it all depends on the degree of bend you want in the drops... I've recently switched to anatomic bends, specifically the FSA Omega (cheap & light; 6061 aluminum; $35).
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I usually see Nitto Noodles going around $80 or more. I suppose they might be found cheaper than that. So the Velos are about 30-40% less for essentially the same bar.

Sorry my selection didn't meet your criteria.
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Just my take on noodles (my favorite C&V bars "bar none"). Buy a set of 44cm's or smaller for $45 and try them out. Soon, you'll want them on all your bikes. Then take an existing bar off one of your better bikes and put it on the beater. Cheapest route to where you just might get eventually anyway...
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I usually see Nitto Noodles going around $80 or more. I suppose they might be found cheaper than that. So the Velos are about 30-40% less for essentially the same bar.

Sorry my selection didn't meet your criteria.
You must be looking at the extra wide or heat treated version. There is a big price diffence between the two. No big deal, just a misunderstanding.
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I like the Belleri randonneur bars I got from Ebay on my Grand Jubile. Very slight rise around the drops, which I find very comfortable when I'm riding the hoods.
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My only drop bars are Pivos. They aren't shaped for riding the hoods. They would have to be tipped back at a crazy angle to level the ramps. The Nitto Noodles look good, as well as the VO Course. I don't want the VO logo, so I guess I'm looking for a good price on Noodles. Rivendell is close by, so I just checked their price. OMG!
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I have Noodles on my bike. Like the flat ramp very much. Also have a Soma Hwy One, nice shallow/compact shape, but I think I like the noodles better, especially for a C&V aesthetic.
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You must be looking at the extra wide or heat treated version. There is a big price diffence between the two. No big deal, just a misunderstanding.
Fair enough. That may be true, I might be looking at a heat treated version or some such thing. The OP doesn't want the logo, anyway, so it's a moot point now.
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I think I can swing the price of the B 177 Noodle from aebike, but I'm also going to need a French stem with a 26.0 clamp. There's a used Cinelli on Ebay for $65. I may have to reconsider this change from moustache bars.
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Can someone explain or show me the difference in the way the bars are shaped? All my bikes have modern handlebars on them even my older Trek 520 so I'm not sure what the differences are in the bars.
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