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Old 04-28-05, 01:24 PM
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What style of drop bars?

What style of drop bars do people like to use on their touring bikes? I'm finishing up my build and have a choice of two handlebars lying around: a new light anatomic bend bar from Nashbar or a heavier but very stiff Bianchi OEM bar with the round bends. I'll be using Suntour bar-end shifters and aero brake levers.

Any suggestions appreciated!
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I have two touring bikes with drop bars. The bars look similar, but the bends and curves are obviously not the same. The main difference I notice is when I am riding low, gripping the part of the handlebar closest to the ground. (I don't do this often, but it's good for the sake of postural variety.) With one bike, I can easily wrap my fingers around the brake levers; on the other, it's awkward to get my hands on the brake levers. I am curious to know whether this has something to do with the geometry of different bars.
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I have a few different ones. For long distances, or especially for travelling with 2 kids in tow, I prefer them wide and with a long straight section on the drops.

My favourite ones are a Salsa Poco and the Icon Graphite bars that came with my 2000 Trek 520. Both are 46-cm wide centre-centre and the straight section on the drops is 120 mm long.
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I like the tops to be curved back like on the 3TTT morphe.
I prefer smaller radius drops and curved drops rather than any "ergo" shaped straight bits.
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Thanks for the advice, I guess everyone prefers something different
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Traditional Nitto drop bars with width as close to your shoulder width as possible, can't go wrong with that unless you intend to do some serious gram shaving.
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I like the wide 460mm Bontrager Select drop handlebars that came stock with my Trek 520 so much that I bought a second one to put on an old specialized frame that I'm going to refit as a winter/offroad touring bike.
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Here's what I have put on my bike.

https://www.dedaelementi.com/dettaglio.asp?articolo=125

Fantastic compared to my flat bar...
Can't really compare to anything else - sorry!
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I have only ridden two types of bars my entire life...Randonneur or the Maes bend...usually prefer the Maes, to see the difference check out our buddy Sheldon Harris I usually ride with them at the same width as my shoulders or just a bit wider. Currently I am riding the Maes bend at 46cm..

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