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Old 03-11-13, 04:25 PM
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Upright Handlebar Recommendations

Looking for an upright handlebar for my commuter. What would you suggest and why?


(Once tried the northroad variety, found they made the bike pretty twitchy, but I can't generalize from the one experience)
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Old 03-11-13, 05:16 PM
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Old 03-11-13, 05:30 PM
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I really like this MTB bar. I have the ones with the 60mm of rise and the degree of sweep just feels good.

I tried the Nitto Albatross, which is very popular, and hated them. Having my hands parallel to the top tube is just not comfortable for me.


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[h=1]Had these on one commuter and liked them. You can flip them over to suit your preference.
FSA Metropolis Handlebar[/h]
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[TD]FSA (Full Speed Ahead) Cruiser/Multi-Position Handlebars

  • Ergonomically designed city bike handlebar
  • Flip-flop design: "high flyer" or "low rider" positions
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Color: Black
Weight: 300g
Bar Rise: 32mm
Bar Width: 620mm
Bar Clamp Diameter: 31.8mm
Material: Aluminum
Bend: 46deg
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Old 03-11-13, 06:40 PM
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On my mtn bike commuter, I cut Titec Hellbent medium rise bars. About an 1 1/4 inch off either end to narrow them down for city use.
Then throw on Ergon grips and nice bar ends, wrapped.
Gives me 4 different positions for my hands.
Very nice set up, just takes a little work.
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Old 03-11-13, 06:54 PM
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I really like my Soma 3 Speed bar, not quite as upright as some, but stable and works well on my commuter.
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Old 03-11-13, 06:57 PM
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I tried two already mentioned here. First the Nitto Albatross. This is really an upright bar and having your wrists parallel was hard to get use to so I took them off. Though I really like the bar end shifters that I put on them, changing gears was easy and convenient. I am building up a Rivendell Betty Foy for my wife so the bars will get used there.

The bar I like the most is the FSA Metropolis, again mentioned above. For me this is the greatest bar ever invented. You get that upright feel but in a slightly more aggressive position. I liked them so much I put them on three of my bikes. They also have Ergon grips to make them even more comfortable.

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Old 03-11-13, 11:04 PM
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When I was looking for a more upright and swept back (but not too far) bar I came across an offering from XLC on ebay that was something like $15 shipped. This one has worked pretty great for me, unfortunately I don't know the name of this model (I'll try looking it up later, I can't access ebay at work). Likewise the ones our LBS sold us for my girlfriends' touring rig, these were about $20 and I think also from XLC, but I have no idea as to the model name. Mine look pretty much identical to the Avenir Circa (pictured in the linked thread below), which made a nice starting point for going to swept back bars, not too aggressive, almost like a MTB riser bar with a sweep. I've been pretty happy with this, but still feel like my wrist isn't quite at the right angle and will probably eventually transfer these to one of my other rigs and try and find something with a little bit more aggressive sweep.

I did pick up a set of Soma Sparrow bars for her commuter that I am building up. These have a bit more of a sweep than what we have right now. Somewhere on Bike Forums should be a thread about swept back bars where I started a list of them and was trying to catalog the amount of sweep each had...

EDIT: here's the link to a thread I started a while back about swept back bars, might be some good info for you there:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...arrow-Clarence

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Old 03-11-13, 11:35 PM
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Old 03-12-13, 12:14 AM
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Trekking Bars .. Ala Figure 8 bend.. more hand-hold locations, still use the flat bar controls..


Once tried the northroad variety, they made the bike pretty twitchy,
could be the weight shift off the front wheel, & an already light front end..
you are just not putting the weight on the front wheel, so maybe the bars need a longer stem..

Or fit a newsboy basket & carry more stuff in it, should fix that.

or front Panniers, porteur rack, etc.

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Old 03-12-13, 01:47 AM
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http://www.satoribike.com/satori_pdf/2013-SATORI-ok.pdf
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Old 03-12-13, 01:54 AM
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I first got the Metropolis for my Kona & liked them so well I had to get some for my Sawyer!



http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?IGPK=2126182324
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Old 03-12-13, 10:23 AM
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I have a pair of north road bars that are too narrow (sounds like you already figured that out). I am thinking of a way to spread the bars out, then they would essentially be more like the surly open bar (but still narrower I guess). I have them tilted up a bit so I don't bend my wrists much when riding.
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Old 03-12-13, 11:22 AM
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Recently switched to an, On 1 Mary bar with a 2" rise. Never rode a bicycle with this style bar before. What a difference in comfort! Not to mention, the reduction in overall discomfort I was experiencing in my shoulders, after rehab.
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Old 03-12-13, 07:28 PM
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Those Surly bars look like the cats meow. Nice. I use a straight bar (no brand) with a 2 in rise that I can angle toward me a little at they are very comfortable with the Ergon grips and bar ends.
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Old 03-12-13, 07:56 PM
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I found this photo of a set of vintage bars that I would like to try:




I've found that around 10 degrees of sweep back is comfortable for me, although these might be a bit more than that.
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Old 03-12-13, 08:07 PM
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Surly Moloko is on my short list to buy when they are available. Basically the open bars with a crosspiece for mounting stuff. Currently using the Titec Hellbent riser bars, which are great.
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Just came in here to suggest the FSA Metropolis bars, seems like a few people beat me to it. I absolutely love these bars, I have them in the "low rider" position on my Bryant and I'm putting another set on an xtracycle I'm building, flipped the other way. The forward position on the bars is fantastic for the climbs, very similar to being "on the hoods" on a road bar (slightly narrower, but not by much.)
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Can the metropolis bar take bar-end shifters?
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Originally Posted by SHOFINE View Post
I first got the Metropolis for my Kona & liked them so well I had to get some for my Sawyer!



http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?IGPK=2126182324
Those look a lot like my Felt Albert bars, and I love those. Nice.
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Old 03-13-13, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by SHOFINE View Post
I first got the Metropolis for my Kona & liked them so well I had to get some for my Sawyer!



http://www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?IGPK=2126182324
SHOFINE, what is the rack on your Kona?
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Old 03-13-13, 08:08 PM
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Can the metropolis bar take bar-end shifters?
No they cannot. I verified this with FSA by email. I bought a pair of Paul Thumbies for my Metropolis bars with Dura Ace bar end shifters. Just installed them last weekend but haven't tried them out yet.
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Old 03-13-13, 09:58 PM
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Loving the look of the black Metropolis bars. Might get one for my KHS for around-town duty. Silver would be nice for my wife's bike.
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Old 03-14-13, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by ottawa_adam View Post
SHOFINE, what is the rack on your Kona?
It's a Sunlite Gold Tec Disc Rack
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=430986
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Originally Posted by biketrouble View Post
Just came in here to suggest the FSA Metropolis bars, seems like a few people beat me to it. I absolutely love these bars.)
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