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WTF I just don't get it.....

Old 09-10-08, 11:58 AM
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Narrow bars are useful for chicks with small boobs.
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Old 09-10-08, 12:04 PM
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They're good for barspinz. They're good for an upright position so you can see over traffic. Not so good for mashing or for long-distance riding, but if you're really into distance cycling you probably have a different bike for that.

I prefer drops or horns for better leverage and multiple hand positions, but there's nothing wrong with narrow flats or risers for a city bike.
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Old 09-10-08, 09:09 PM
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That has to be a joke. Really.


Originally Posted by progre-ss View Post
Funny this topic came up. I am in search of a new bike and found the following ad on nyc's craigslist...

Http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/830481276.html

And a steal at $50!
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Old 09-10-08, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by middy View Post
if you're really into distance cycling you probably have a different bike for that.

but there's nothing wrong with narrow flats or risers for a city bike.
completely agree with this. I would guess that most people riding around the city are not concerned with performance, or distance comfort. there is nothing wrong with chopped risers. I run drops and find that i spend most of the time with my hands near the stem. It is only when i go on longer rides that i change hand position.

Performance does not matter if you are going >5 miles to work, and it matters less if you are going to the bar.
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Old 09-11-08, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
Narrow bars are useful for chicks with small boobs.
and v necks
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Old 09-11-08, 09:52 PM
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Old 09-12-08, 08:25 AM
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I am waiting for someone to not even use a handlebar and just ride with one hand on a backwards stem. Like a tiller on a boat.
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Old 09-12-08, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by SingleSpeeDemon View Post
If your hip or shoulder bumps into an object while tracking straight, it should have little bearing on your velocity.
Um... false?
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Old 09-12-08, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by jaggd View Post
Um... false?
How about less bearing than if you hit that same object with your bars?
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Old 09-12-08, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SingleSpeeDemon View Post
Despite the fact that many fixed gear riders have jumped on the chopped riser handlebar wagon, there is a practical application to having narrow bars. In the case of city riding; dodging buses and cabs, splitting lanes of gridlock, the narrow bars allow a rider to squeeze into spaces where wider bars would cause clearance issues. There is a common notion on this board that since the rider's hips and shoulders are usually wider than the chopped handlebar, then it renders the whole purpose of riding with such a narrow bar a moot point.

In reality, imagine trying to squeeze through a narrow gap on a bicycle. If you are able to steer through it and keep the front wheel straight, you should be able to make it unless there is simply no room to fit. In practice, the rider can dip a shoulder, pivot on the seat and contort the body to help facilitate clearance. If your hip or shoulder bumps into an object while tracking straight, it should have little bearing on your velocity. However, if the handlebar contacts an object, it will undoubtedly pivot the wheel causing an undesirable change in direction.

For climbing purposes, the lack of leverage is apparent, but then it is just like all things when riding a fixed gear bike on the road; everything becomes a bit of a compromise.

I keep myself OUT of those situation. If I see a spot that I might not fit thru I simply dont go thru it I find another way around or just wait. So to me, TO ME! those cut down bars are really f'n stupid. Ive seen like a zillion guys/girls with straight bars so cut down that only one hand fits on either side get themselves caught up between two vehicles! Then they get pissed at the cager! I see the use in Polo bikes but thats about it. MHO! you know you dont have to agree
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Its much easier to manipulate your upper body through a narrow opening than it is to manipulate wider bars. I chop mine to way narrower than my shoulders and theyre still wider than many peoples bars I see.



Theyre risers but for the sake of comparison...

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Old 09-12-08, 05:12 PM
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I rock full drops.....

if my handlebars can't fit through...I have no business being in that hole...

listen to me....

I gets busy

box cars...don't squeeze through them
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Old 09-12-08, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by tmh657 View Post
Word police here. "don" the flame suit. Dawn = persons name.
Persons name = many people name [something].

Person's name = the name of a person
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Old 09-15-08, 08:05 AM
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I also find it is more helpful to be able to stand up and pedal, and use the handlebar for leverage in order to get myself out of trouble, than it is to weasel my way out of trouble. Plus there are hills here, so standing is pretty much mandatory.
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Old 09-15-08, 10:11 AM
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Dang, all these years I've been riding around with unchopped bars NEVER knowing I couldn't squeeze through traffic. Now that I know, I won't be able to ride downtown!
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Old 09-15-08, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by fivehoursfree View Post
I am waiting for someone to not even use a handlebar and just ride with one hand on a backwards stem. Like a tiller on a boat.
haha, this posting deserves more credit for being really funny
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I have some chopped risers that I never use. They're chopped pretty small, but they're the same width as my drops (38cm). Realistically, chopped risers just take the place of drops, but without the other hand positions. Makes sense in the city, to a degree. I've gone through gaps small enough for my bag to catch on mirrors, but not my bars. idk
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Originally Posted by blickblocks View Post
Realistically, chopped risers just take the place of drops, but without the other hand positions. Makes sense in the city, to a degree.
Point.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:51 PM
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well when youre riding drop bars or track drops on the street andyou have your hands up top, theyre right by the stem, thats where my buddy got the reasoning for his super chopped bars. myself, i ride risers at 22" or 56 cm. feels right to me
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Old 09-15-08, 01:59 PM
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I rode 15 3/4" wide flats, which is roughly 40cm...I couldn't imagine going narrower than that
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Originally Posted by diaper eater View Post
well when youre riding drop bars or track drops on the street andyou have your hands up top, theyre right by the stem, thats where my buddy got the reasoning for his super chopped bars. myself, i ride risers at 22" or 56 cm. feels right to me
Yeah but the drops have another hand position to move to when you have to make an aggressive move or start actually going somewhere other than cruising on flat
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there's a war going on and you guys are worried about handlebar width.

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Old 09-15-08, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by G60 View Post
there's a war going on and you guys are worried about handlebar width.

=(
Too true. Let's talk about the war in every forum on the internet. Then peace is sure to break out spontaneously.
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