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Old 08-04-14, 11:23 AM
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What is the most upright handlebar that you are aware of?

My wife would like a handlebar that will provide an upright riding position, and I thought the Velo Orange Tourist handlebar would fit the bill perfectly. Unfortunately, even the Tourist has her leaning forward more than she likes, which I didn't think would be possible.

This leads me to my question: what is the most upright handlebar that you are aware of that has a 25.4mm clamp diameter? In particular, I am wondering if I should be looking at the VO Left Bank and was wondering if anyone had experience with that handlebar (or the Montmarte, which appears very similar) vis-a-vis the Tourist.

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You can get them way higher than you need.

Wald Hi-Rise Handlebar Cp 1" Center-Wald#8069

I have deep misgivings about putting high handlebars on any bike. A very upright position, in my opinion, makes a bike both inefficient and uncomfortable. If you sit completely upright, your legs will be out in front of your body and you won't be able to put any weight on the pedals.
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Old 08-04-14, 11:37 AM
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Just curious - how long has your wife been riding this bike? Is it the correct size for her? There is more to comfort than handlebars so that why I ask. Maybe top tube is too long?
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
You can get them way higher than you need.

Wald Hi-Rise Handlebar Cp 1" Center-Wald#8069

I have deep misgivings about putting high handlebars on any bike. A very upright position, in my opinion, makes a bike both inefficient and uncomfortable. If you sit completely upright, your legs will be out in front of your body and you won't be able to put any weight on the pedals.
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Old 08-04-14, 11:47 AM
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To get completely upright you need a tall stem as well as the swept back handlebars, you also need a short reach cockpit.

On a Raleigh Sports I still lean forward a bit, on my big Redline R530 I sit completely upright.

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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
You can get them way higher than you need.

Wald Hi-Rise Handlebar Cp 1" Center-Wald#8069

I have deep misgivings about putting high handlebars on any bike. A very upright position, in my opinion, makes a bike both inefficient and uncomfortable. If you sit completely upright, your legs will be out in front of your body and you won't be able to put any weight on the pedals.
Depending on the bike and the stem, with this handlebar, it's possible to get the grips above the rider's shoulders. It would be inadvisable as well, but it is at least possible.
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I've got an old Cannondale mountain bike with BMX bars on it. Those probably give me 10" of rise. Ape hangers will give you even more. Go over to Rat Rod Bikes and you'll find pictures of some bikes with apes nearly 3' tall. I've always thought they looked silly, but to each his own.
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Aaron is right. Tall stem with short reach will do it. This is what I used:

Alloy / Steel Quill Stem 1 Inch - £12.99
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Ha! There's a guy in my area who rides a road bike with ape hangers on it. Looks goofy when parked, but looks more like a 3-speed or cruiser when he's riding it.
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Old 08-04-14, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Your hair can never be too big and your bars can never be too tall



There's yer answer right there! I love the positive feedback aspect on the throttle control, if he should happen to pop a wheelie...
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On a more serious note I am thinking along the same lines as Velovixen, it doesn't matter how tall the bars, if the TT is a little long and you keep putting tall bars in the 'standard' 130mm road stem she will feel stretched out.
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There's yer answer right there! I love the positive feedback aspect on the throttle control, if he should happen to pop a wheelie...
The wrap around rear fender will stop the wheelie with an expensive crunching sound.,,,,BD
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As others have stated it's more in the stem then the bars for a upright seating position, here are two pictures of two different bikes with two different pairs of bars but the same stem. The Bianchi has almost the same bars as the ones from VO & the BCA has a set of cruiser bars. On the Bianchi my seat is adjusted to my fit and the bars & stem are set at the Max line, which is way too tall as is and the reach is more then what I wanted, I settled on a 60mm SR stem that is also really tall and my bars are going to be just a little higher then my seat to start with. The BCA was just perfect as pictured and really fun to ride, should have never sold it.

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