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Old 04-03-06, 10:50 PM
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riser bar help/questions

I'm looking for a set of risers that won't run me to much. I already did a search of the forum and found little help with brands, so i figured i'd just ask. Reason being is i've been running flipped and chopped and holding them with my palms on the bends and i think i pinched a nerve since my ring and pinkie finger have had pins and needles for a few days. Names, brands, prices?
I really like these http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2006...ennethAlan.htm anyone know what they are? Kenneth Alan?

how is it skidding with risers? extremely hard?
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Old 04-03-06, 10:58 PM
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Not extremely hard at all.
Not as easy as bullhorns, but nothing is.
Just check out some local shops.
Riser bars, both new and used, are very common.
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Old 04-03-06, 11:07 PM
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No clue what brand but they are just risers with the ends chopped off. Just get any pair of cheapo risers, measure out how much you want to take off and start sawing.
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yo aaron! is that how you spell your name? anyways it's mike from the race. it was fun riding with you. hope you made it to work on time! so, you probably noticed i was running risers on my cannondale. I really like the ones i have , they are Titec hellbents. really stiff. here is a link to them at aebike.com, they are $27.the image is wrong,but if you click on "click image to show larger version" or whatever,it shows the correct image. snoop around on aebike though, cause under "cruiser/multiposition bars" they have cheapo risers for $13. i'm sure after being cut down they would prob work fine.
anyway, see you around philly, when i get back from tour i'm going to try and organize a big group ride...
oh yeah, skidding with risers, in my opinion, is easy as ****. i fishtail way less than i did with track drops for sure. they're fun.

http://aebike.com/page.cfm?PageID=30...ils&sku=HB2316
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Old 04-03-06, 11:34 PM
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i was thinking about putting risers on the beater i'm building, but i have reservations.

as i understand, they offer a more relaxed arm position. depending how low i get on my bars, i shift my ass back on the saddle accordingly, which takes mostly all the weight off of my arms. i would think that having all my weight on the saddle and my legs would be uncomfortable after a while. i think that i might shift my weight to my arms to temporarily alleviate this and end up getting wrist and arm pain.
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Old 04-04-06, 12:25 AM
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http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
its harder to skid with risers than, say, bullhorns, but not that much harder.
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i've got some easton ea30 bars and they were like 30 bucks or something...they're pretty nice...i chopped 6 inches off of each side of the bars and threw some oury grips on them. they're way short for cutting through traffic, but i would not reccomend trying to skid with those bars on there, unless you want to eat it mad hard, i did that the other day in a park. i think it's easier to skip with them though.
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Riding with risers (or flats) is alright. If you rarely change position, and normally ride on the flats of your bullhorns/drops/whatevers, it'll probably work well. If you're doing 30 mile (or longer) rides, you might want some variety in how you hold the bars.
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Old 04-04-06, 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane
Riding with risers (or flats) is alright. If you rarely change position, and normally ride on the flats of your bullhorns/drops/whatevers, it'll probably work well. If you're doing 30 mile (or longer) rides, you might want some variety in how you hold the bars.
take it old school... mtb flat bar with bar ends!!! you better be quick enough to outrun the fashion police though.

bonus points for any purple anodized parts.


but seriously the only thing i got to contibute about risers is they do come with more or less sweep (how many degrees they bed back) and i find more sweep = more comfy.
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i don't like the look of risers, but sometimes i use flatbars, which at 16" are wider than all my other bars. the stable feeling is very different from narrower bars. they're good for when i'm riding the concrete moguls of bridgeport's rougher streets...
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Old 04-04-06, 02:11 PM
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got a set today for $10 from jays pedal power. cut them down to a little less then my shoulders and threw some oury grips on them. Its a totally differnt feeling i feel like i'm riding a dirtbike or something. super comfy and much better to watch traffic and stuff
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Old 04-04-06, 02:31 PM
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Yes! Preach the gospel loud and clear! Risers are the illest! AND they are superior to flat bars because they allow you to keep the stem low which gives you that much desired ball clearance when skidding.
Regarding hand positions don't buy the hype. I have friends with drops and bullhorns that complain about wrist pain while my wrists are happy even after a 60 mile ride with risers.
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Old 04-04-06, 04:55 PM
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I have some chromed steel risers on my fixed gear- I fished them out of the junk bin at my LBS. Cut down and oury'd, they are supremely comfortable, and they cut a nice rakish line with my ol-skool road quill stem.

There are times I find myself hunching down to get a little more aero and wish I had someplace to go- I just rescued an old pair of bar ends from my rusting MTB and may chop them down and put them to new use.

I cut the bars down a little overzealously so there's not tons to crank on when climbing but it's manageable nonetheless. Risers, HOooo!
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Old 04-04-06, 06:28 PM
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dont buy the nashar commuter riser bar! i bought some and they look so freaking goofy. i tossed them and bought some titec hell bent bars. they are the perfect balance between flat bars and riser bars. try them! i love them!! they're only like 20 bucks.
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Originally Posted by 46x17
Yes! Preach the gospel loud and clear! Risers are the illest! AND they are superior to flat bars because they allow you to keep the stem low which gives you that much desired ball clearance when skidding.
Regarding hand positions don't buy the hype. I have friends with drops and bullhorns that complain about wrist pain while my wrists are happy even after a 60 mile ride with risers.
i couldn't be more on the riser bar boat with you. i am so converted.
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I prefer risers above all else for city riding. My first few pairs I just ganked off old, abandoned mountain bikes. In Philly, check out any of the abandoned/stripped bikes in University City or the Bike Church.
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