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Old 05-02-07, 03:50 PM
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handlebar width

how do i know what to choose? I am ordering the FSA wing pro...it comes in 40,42,44 cm....how do i know what is right for me
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Old 05-02-07, 03:51 PM
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Let's avoid the non-sense and save time,I'd rather not speak in hypothetcals..What size Jacket do you wear ??
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If you have a bar that's comfortable, measure it center bar to center bar (left to right) and see what the width is, then go from there. It should be about the width of your shoulders.
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Originally Posted by grahny
If you have a bar that's comfortable, measure it center bar to center bar (left to right) and see what the width is, then go from there. It should be about the width of your shoulders.
THAT's IT..Many individuals have difficulty measuring shoulder width though.In general,many riders have narrower bars than they ought to,it's just been that way,fitters I've talked to of late agree.The outside of the point of each shoulder bone will be about equal to the width,many companies measure the bars center to center,some don't.I'd need 52,N/A though so I'm getting 46cm. Conversion is 1' = 2.54 cm.
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I read somewhere that you should be able to put the bars across your shoulders and back with a snug fit. The drops would be parallel with your arms with them by your side (if that makes sense).I never knew until after I bought mine, I got lucky when they were the perfect fit
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well hey, look at all of the old road bikes pre 1990 and youll see that the bars are really narrow. after riding my old raleigh and getting used to those bars, i dont like my 44cm ergo bars that came on my new jamis.

to me, narrower bars are better. i like the handling, and the smaller profile.
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Originally Posted by darkhorse85
well hey, look at all of the old road bikes pre 1990 and youll see that the bars are really narrow. after riding my old raleigh and getting used to those bars, i dont like my 44cm ergo bars that came on my new jamis.

to me, narrower bars are better. i like the handling, and the smaller profile.
OK you may be on to something, no doubt that the "old" traditions of narrow bars(like short cranks) had their virtues.After some getting used to,I felt going from 38 to 40(c-c) felt good.I have a bike with mustache bars just added,as well,the wider hand possition opens-up my chest .Myself,I'm gunnin' for 46's this bike.Interesting to hear your take on it.I'll be the first to post either way on my new drops,the mustache bars don't count,just an experiment.
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Originally Posted by darkhorse85
well hey, look at all of the old road bikes pre 1990 and youll see that the bars are really narrow. after riding my old raleigh and getting used to those bars, i dont like my 44cm ergo bars that came on my new jamis.

to me, narrower bars are better. i like the handling, and the smaller profile.
Wearing a size 50 jacket, I found that narrow for me is the largest they make stock.
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