Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Moustache vs North Road

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Moustache vs North Road

Old 09-02-09, 11:14 PM
  #26  
NormanF
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,737
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
This bike needs reverse brake levers and handlebar mounted shifters. Its after a "velo!"
NormanF is offline  
Old 09-03-09, 07:51 AM
  #27  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,213

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7038 Post(s)
Liked 1,836 Times in 1,127 Posts
Where can one buy inexpensive alloy moustache bars?
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 09-03-09, 08:06 AM
  #28  
Aeneas
Clyde that Rides
 
Aeneas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 311

Bikes: 2008 Jamis Aurora,1988 Specialized Hardrock, 1980? Kuwahara Carrera

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nashbar (if you want to take your chances ordering from them) has Mustache Bars on sale right now for $19.99. I just installed them on an old road bike I want to use as a beater/commuter and have so far enjoyed riding them around the neighborhood, but haven't used the bike on a commute yet...
Aeneas is offline  
Old 09-03-09, 10:57 AM
  #29  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,213

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7038 Post(s)
Liked 1,836 Times in 1,127 Posts
I have to get a pair of moustache handlebars, considering I'm already sporting a handlebar moustache!

__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 09-03-09, 11:24 AM
  #30  
modernjess
ride for a change
 
modernjess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 2,221

Bikes: Surly Cross-check & Moonlander, Pivot Mach 429, Ted Wojcik Sof-Trac, Ridley Orion. Santa Cruz Stigmata

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I think the albatross bars are a great choice, this year I think I'm going to switch to them for the winter/snow/ice season.

I've tried the moustache and never could understand the allure. To me it feels like a compromise when I can get several very useful and very comfortable hand positions on my shallow drop wing pros (FSA) I cant imagine a better bar for me and my riding style. I don't care for drops in the snow/ice though, I like to be more upright and with a wider bar/hand position.
modernjess is offline  
Old 10-10-10, 01:28 PM
  #31  
jtso23
Senior Member
 
jtso23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I like the rise of North Roads but the more parallel position of the ends of moustache bars. Basically if I can find some North Roads that didn't flair out so much on the ends I'd be all over them. Or moustache bars with more of a rise. I want something to flip for a more upright position.

On another note, any idea what this handlebar is?

jtso23 is offline  
Old 10-10-10, 01:54 PM
  #32  
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 11,375

Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by jtso23 View Post
I like the rise of North Roads but the more parallel position of the ends of moustache bars. Basically if I can find some North Roads that didn't flair out so much on the ends I'd be all over them. Or moustache bars with more of a rise. I want something to flip for a more upright position.

On another note, any idea what this handlebar is?
Looks like a North Road to me, just dropped instead of flipped for rise.
__________________
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
CliftonGK1 is offline  
Old 10-10-10, 02:15 PM
  #33  
LesterOfPuppets
cowboy, steel horse, etc
 
LesterOfPuppets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Valley of the Sun.
Posts: 40,715

Bikes: everywhere

Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9895 Post(s)
Liked 4,879 Times in 2,546 Posts
Originally Posted by jtso23 View Post
I like the rise of North Roads but the more parallel position of the ends of moustache bars. Basically if I can find some North Roads that didn't flair out so much on the ends I'd be all over them. Or moustache bars with more of a rise. I want something to flip for a more upright position.
You might like the Nitto Promenade B-603. Unlike the North Roads and mustaches, they do not sweep forward at all. The grip areas are pretty much parallel to the stem and they have plenty of rise.
LesterOfPuppets is online now  
Old 10-10-10, 04:19 PM
  #34  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,213

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7038 Post(s)
Liked 1,836 Times in 1,127 Posts
Nitto prices are astoundingly high.

Tom
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 10-10-10, 04:31 PM
  #35  
Allen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Originally Posted by jtso23 View Post
I like the rise of North Roads but the more parallel position of the ends of moustache bars. Basically if I can find some North Roads that didn't flair out so much on the ends I'd be all over them. Or moustache bars with more of a rise. I want something to flip for a more upright position.

On another note, any idea what this handlebar is?

Those are Albatross bars flipped upside down.
Allen is offline  
Old 10-10-10, 04:48 PM
  #36  
LesterOfPuppets
cowboy, steel horse, etc
 
LesterOfPuppets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Valley of the Sun.
Posts: 40,715

Bikes: everywhere

Mentioned: 70 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9895 Post(s)
Liked 4,879 Times in 2,546 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Nitto prices are astoundingly high.
$40-45 for Promenades. Not the most budget bars around, but nowhere near astoundingly high. I reserve that grade for bar prices in the triple digits, personally.
LesterOfPuppets is online now  
Old 10-10-10, 05:05 PM
  #37  
yoder
Mostly Harmless
 
yoder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 216

Bikes: Custom commuter made from Civia Prospect frame, Raleigh Sports (1971), custom road bike from a steel 2003 Fuji Marseille frame, 29er SS MTB built up from a Vassago Jabberwocky frame, Surly Long Haul Trucker (customzed for fully loaded touring)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jtso23 View Post
I like the rise of North Roads but the more parallel position of the ends of moustache bars. Basically if I can find some North Roads that didn't flair out so much on the ends I'd be all over them. Or moustache bars with more of a rise. I want something to flip for a more upright position.
Nitto Promenade B603 as already mentioned or the $26 VO Porteur bar.


Also, the Albatross doesn't flair out much compared to traditional North Roads.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
hb0006-vo-porteur&.jpg (37.8 KB, 247 views)
yoder is offline  
Old 10-10-10, 08:59 PM
  #38  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,213

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7038 Post(s)
Liked 1,836 Times in 1,127 Posts
OK, $26 is more like it. But Niagara has the North Road for $14. The picture is a very bad one. It looks as good as any bar in real life.

I just don't see why a bar should be more than $30. What goes into a more expensive bar?

Tom
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 10-11-10, 12:04 AM
  #39  
NormanF
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 5,737
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Not sure. I've an Origin 8 moustache bar installed on my commuter. I find I love it.

But my main bar is still the Albatrosss - sure its the most expensive bar around but its comfotable.
NormanF is offline  
Old 10-11-10, 10:30 AM
  #40  
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 11,375

Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
What goes into a more expensive bar?

Tom
Carbon fiber.

Yeah, I've never understood the super-expensive aluminium bars, either. Even if it's some flat-wing, twin cable grooved, ergo hooked engineering masterpiece, I still don't think it's worth the $60 - $90 price tags I've seen on a few.
__________________
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
CliftonGK1 is offline  
Old 10-11-10, 10:42 AM
  #41  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,213

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7038 Post(s)
Liked 1,836 Times in 1,127 Posts
OK, we're kindred cheapskates.
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 10-11-10, 02:48 PM
  #42  
TurbineBlade
Kid A
 
TurbineBlade's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 1,778
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I just don't see why a bar should be more than $30. What goes into a more expensive bar?
Lots of stiffness and vibration dampening...I guess.

It's a Rivendell. What's another $30?
TurbineBlade is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 04:19 AM
  #43  
cs1
Senior Member
 
cs1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Clev Oh
Posts: 7,084

Bikes: Specialized, Schwinn

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 216 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by stomppow View Post
@stomppow I really like the lines of you bike. It just goes to show that nothing good in bike design happened after 1990!
cs1 is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 06:32 AM
  #44  
Gresp15C
Senior Member
 
Gresp15C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 3,801
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1031 Post(s)
Liked 613 Times in 394 Posts
Originally Posted by yoder View Post
So, I am not the best one to talk, but I notice you mention none of the positions on your bars are that comfortable. I'm sort of in the camp that thinks you need a lot fewer positions if you have one that is right. North roads type bars are right for many folks to finally get the right position
That's been exactly my experience. I've got "velo orange tourist" and "origin8 citi classic" bars that I'm happy with, plus one pair of anonymous steel bars from an old Schwinn.
Gresp15C is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 06:58 AM
  #45  
Bandera
~>~
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: TX Hill Country
Posts: 5,932
Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1112 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 115 Posts


Nitto moustache bars w/ barcons for the town bike, works a treat.


-Bandera
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
DSCN0893 (2).jpg (102.2 KB, 252 views)
Bandera is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 07:30 AM
  #46  
PatrickGSR94
Senior Member
 
PatrickGSR94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Memphis TN area
Posts: 7,391

Bikes: 2011 Felt Z85 (road/commuter), 2006 Marin Pine Mountain (utility/commuter E-bike), 1995 KHS Alite 1000 (gravel grinder)

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 675 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 13 Times in 13 Posts
HOLY SMOKES this is an old thread! It was started 6 years ago! The Nashbar link above where bars for $19.99 were mentioned, are now only $12.99!

Anyway, I switched my MTB riser bars to FSA Metropolis bars, and I love them. I do like the North Roads in the OP, too. The Metro bars aren't cheap, though. I think I paid around $50 shipped for them.

When I first got them:


Attached to my new frame:
PatrickGSR94 is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 08:26 AM
  #47  
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 40,213

Bikes: 1962 Rudge Sports, 1971 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Raleigh Pro Track, 1974 Raleigh International, 1975 Viscount Fixie, 1982 McLean, 1996 Lemond (Ti), 2002 Burley Zydeco tandem

Mentioned: 498 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7038 Post(s)
Liked 1,836 Times in 1,127 Posts
There are many different bar bends called mustache, and they look similar, but they're not as similar as they look. I tried the Nashbar bars and hated them. I suspect I might like another brand. Not only that, the Nashbar bars look like aluminum but are steel and are quite heavy.

Anyone want to buy mine?
@Bandera, that's beautiful. The whole bike. What makes this work well for in-town rides? What bars are they?
__________________
Tom Reingold, tom@noglider.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 08:53 AM
  #48  
Bandera
~>~
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: TX Hill Country
Posts: 5,932
Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1112 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 115 Posts
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
@Bandera, that's beautiful. The whole bike. What makes this work well for in-town rides? What bars are they?
Thank you, it gets more seat time than any other bike I own and has acquired a patina of use and "unique" hardware over the decades.

The Internat'l is exceedingly versatile having been raced on the road and cyclo cross, used for loaded touring and now fitted out as a town bike.
It works well in that role since it's lively ride quality is not damped by practical 32mm tires and it has clearance for mudguards.
With the traditional British seatbag/rack it has adequate carrying capacity for most errands, an old Kirtland H-bar bag fits in seconds for more space.
The 'stache bars are Nitto as is the stem, they have the heads up position I like in traffic but offer more hand positions than the Northroad style I used previously.
Moustache bars allowed a re-fit to bar-cons for the hybrid drive train and the use of Campag NR brake levers which are far superior to the old flexy alloy tourist style levers required for the Northroad bars.
The hybrid drivetrain was purchased as NOS >40 years ago and despite being finicky and complicated serves well for this bike on my terrain with the ability to shift while stopped/braking in traffic.

Many race bikes have come and gone over the decades but the Internat'l has always served a purpose and is still a pleasure to ride.

-Bandera

Last edited by Bandera; 09-18-15 at 09:30 AM.
Bandera is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 09:07 AM
  #49  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 850 Posts
Nitto prices being a cut no corners Japanese company, reflects the cost of doing business there , which is why much of the Bike Biz

imports from One of the Chinas these days..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 09-18-15, 10:22 PM
  #50  
nasabiker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 161
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Onthel wide 545mm Silver 23.8 | Virtue Bike

I like these a lot, sportier than north road bars but without the extreme angles of the mustache. Bars and they come in two widths. I got wide cuz I'm wide.
nasabiker is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.