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What bar Width are you Riding?

Old 01-20-10, 04:11 PM
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What bar Width are you Riding?

I always felt a bit wide on my handlebars. Well, after I looked up the brand, I realized my Forte Precision is a 50 cm bar. Seems a bit wider than I see being sold.

I'm 6' tall and medium build - Joe average. What would you think is a typical bar width for someone my size? What do you ride? Thanks!
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50 cm? Are you sure?? Road bars?? I didnt think they made 50's, most folks your size would use 44 if you have an average frame. I use a 42 but I have a narrow frame in spite of being 6 feet tall.
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MTB bars are over 50cm, but not any Forte' Precision road bars.

6'4", 44cm bars
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6'2" riding 42's, I like them better than the 44's I had before
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
MTB bars are over 50cm, but not any Forte' Precision road bars.

6'4", 44cm bars
WR I figured something wasn't quite right with the OP's numbers (unless he is riding a flat/mtb bar).
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5-10, 42's
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I used to have a set of 50cm touring bars, they were Performance brand. Sounds like you got yourself some.

Way too wide if your not using a bag up front.
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42's 5' 9"
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5'2" 40cm
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5'9" 42 cm. Had 44. These are much better. Got the non ergo bend, weight savings, and narrower width. 3 birds with one stone.
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6'2" 44 cm.

I should start a spin off thread about how long people's seat posts are...
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Originally Posted by bretthammy
6'2" riding 42's, I like them better than the 44's I had before
Same here.
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Originally Posted by runway1
I always felt a bit wide on my handlebars. Well, after I looked up the brand, I realized my Forte Precision is a 50 cm bar. Seems a bit wider than I see being sold.

I'm 6' tall and medium build - Joe average. What would you think is a typical bar width for someone my size? What do you ride? Thanks!
Doesn't have as much to do with 'build' as it does shoulder width. Has absolutely nothing to do with height.. FWIW I ride 42s, c-c.

Edit:: I suppose bar width might be loosely correlated with height simply because a taller person will tend to have proportionately wider shoulders, but even there... there's a lot of variation.
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5'10 44cm bars
I have really broad shoulders
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Oh I might add on my cross bike I ride a 38.
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178cm and 44cm c-c.

Mt breathing feels constricted on a 42cm.
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Originally Posted by runway1
I always felt a bit wide on my handlebars. Well, after I looked up the brand, I realized my Forte Precision is a 50 cm bar. Seems a bit wider than I see being sold.

I'm 6' tall and medium build - Joe average. What would you think is a typical bar width for someone my size? What do you ride? Thanks!
My should width is 42cm, so i ride a 42cm bar center-to-center.

I've never seen a bar wider than 46cm c-t-c myself, but i could be wrong.
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i'm 5'10" and am riding a 42. I'm thinking about dropping down to a 40,but i haven't decided yet.
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Originally Posted by dalava
I've never seen a bar wider than 46cm c-t-c myself, but i could be wrong.
Just in case you were curious, Nitto 177's come in a 48cm width: https://www.velo-orange.com/nimo177nba.html
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5'8" 42cm
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6'2" 42cm
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42cm bars. I'm a pretty average width 5'6" tall.
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6'0". Currently on a 40cm Ergosum, previously on a 40cm Ergonova that's pretty much 38cm at the hoods. Comfortable on either. I have very narrow shoulders for a 6' guy.
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