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Old 04-26-06, 06:56 AM   #1
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Moustache or dirt drops

So I'm switching my cross bike from flats to drops this summer. I wanted to do On One Midge dirt drops, but I have a nice set of Mungo Moustache bars I got in a trade. I WAS planning to put those on a different bike, but now I'm thinking since I have them they might do the trick.

The bike in question is the bike I use for fast road riding, and longer rides, but I also take it on dirt roads and paths a fair bit. I do a fair amount of mixed terrain rides. I might even try racing it next winter. I'm less enamored of flat bars on it all the time. Dirt drops seem like the perfect thing, but Mustache might work too. Anyone out there tried both dirt drops and Moustache bars for this kind of riding?

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Old 04-26-06, 08:36 AM   #2
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Mustache bars are pretty sweet for cross riding - esp if the off-road is a little "rougher" than you'd usually see on a cross course. You totally get the more-aero front position, and can grab at the ends for more leverage through a rock garden or over logs (you get the idea). I'd say go for it, you can always change your mind later (it's fun to play with bikes).
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Mustache bars will be the new Pista

have a set of mustache bars on an urban fixie and will be putting a set on my SS mtb.

They are so sweet!

disclaimer, my right hand 's been operated on a few times and it is painful when riding with straight bars
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Old 04-26-06, 01:21 PM   #4
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I just put drops on my road bike, replacing some moustaches.. Chiefly because I couldn't stand the gooniness of the 'staches anymore. I had the drops around so it was a simple bit of brake-and-shifter shuffling to try it out..

Gol durnit, the moustaches were better. Better climbing, pretty aero ride on the hoods, overall better comfort. The only ***** is lanesplitting. I wish somebody made 'em in, like, 44cm.

My new plan is to try a Midge bar with cross levers, ditching my pitiful tektro road levers but keeping the barcons. Thus I can spend a healthy amount of time on the tops for city riding, but have the short drops for climbing and cruising. I wish they, too were shorter. I can hardly imagine rocking bars even wider than the 'staches.

I've always been a "cut 6" off each side of the bars" guy, even since my MTB days. It just feels less ungainly. My short risers on the fixie are the dodecahejam.
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