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Old 07-10-18, 10:04 AM
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Those Ergon Grips may very well be a pre-req for any flat handle bars in MY little world of commuting. They're well worth the price! When I use bikes that don't have em, things get tingly real quick.
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Old 07-10-18, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
Flat bars don't have to be any wider than shoulder width either.

The important thing around peds (and cars/trucks and everything else) is giving them lots of room. If a few inches of bar length makes a difference you're too close.
I have several long climbs that are best done on the sidewalk next to a very busy 4 lane road. The sidewalk is also wide and busy. I'm riding at nearly walking pace because of the steep hill. Buy a few less inches of potential interference with distracted pedestrians is worthwhile where I ride.
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Old 07-10-18, 10:22 AM
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Well obviously flat bars are more maneuverable in close quarters, which is why crit racers always use flat bars.
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Old 07-10-18, 10:53 AM
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I have several long climbs that are best done on the sidewalk next to a very busy 4 lane road. The sidewalk is also wide and busy. I'm riding at nearly walking pace because of the steep hill. Buy a few less inches of potential interference with distracted pedestrians is worthwhile where I ride.
If this is your concern then you should get flat bars and cut 'em down to "buy" a few less inches still.
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Old 07-10-18, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
If this is your concern then you should get flat bars and cut 'em down to "buy" a few less inches still.
I suppose if I wanted to create a bike that was good for riding busy uphill sidewalks, and nothing else. Maybe it could have special geometry that is only useful on 15% grades?

But I ride my bikes other places and see no point in a mountain bike with too-short bars or a road bike with one hand position.

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Old 07-10-18, 11:43 AM
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I'm not interested in converting anyone on their choice of bars, just standing by my original comment regarding bar width because it's true:

"Flat bars don't have to be any wider than shoulder width"

So while someone can say they like drop bars for other reasons, bar width can't be one of them. Flat bars provide the ultimate in width adjustability.
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Old 07-10-18, 05:44 PM
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3rd door , figure 8 bend trekking bars , you can keep* all the control levers on your rock hopper.. offers another multiple hand position variety.. *saves money

Jones bars another pop thing for MTB.

I have straight bars and Ergon Grip/bar ends on a couple bikes too..
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Yeah the jones bars and trekking bars are intriguing. I may look into those
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