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Old 07-13-07, 02:31 AM   #1
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How do you determine the correct handlebar length?

Hi, I did a search on this forum but couldn't find a thread that tells me how to choose the correct handlebar length. Do you measure center to center of the shoulder length? What happens if it is shorter or longer than the correct size/length? Is there a way to tell if the handlebar I currently have is the right length or not but gripping the handlebar? Thank you for the help.
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length or width?

if you mean the latter, then it varies from brand to brand. some give you the center to center measurements, some the side to side.
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width - ususally the width of your shoulders
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Measure from the joint in your shoulder where the ball goes into the socket (It's a little pointy ball) across your chest to the other one. Most people ride a 42 c-c bar. Unless you are particularily burly or petite, it is a pretty safe default size.
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Thank you folks. From what I read and heard, it looks like I should measure from shoulder, center to center. (from socket to socket).
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Measure from the joint in your shoulder where the ball goes into the socket (It's a little pointy ball) across your chest to the other one. Most people ride a 42 c-c bar. Unless you are particularily burly or petite, it is a pretty safe default size.
I've been measured for a 44cm bar.
Never considered myself burly...
Kinda funny for me to be joining the ranks of the burly.
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To find a good handlebar size you measure from the bony "bumps" on the end of your shoulders. This was taken from www.wrenchscience.com's fit system:

"Shoulder Width - This measurement determines the width of your handlebars. The ideal handlebar size will provide comfort, an aerodynamic position and excellent steering balance of the bike.
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Measure your shoulder width by the outside of the bony protrusions at the top of your shoulders. You want to have the tape measure running in a straight line and not wrapping around your back. (See photo below)
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The wider your bars (To an extent) the the more open your chest is to breathe better and also allows for more leverage when pulling on the bars (eg. on a climb). But you lose aerodynamics with a wider bar. With a more compact bar, you're more aerodynamic but you lose the other two.
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