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Old 06-10-05, 09:56 AM
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Albatross bar for touring?

Anybody use these for touring? I'm leaning towards drop bars for my 80's MTB conversion but must say that the "A-bar" looks interesting, as well. It's an old Schwinn bike I'm building so the granny bars would look the part for sure but I don't know about comfort for the long haul. I am mainly interested in having a neutral wrist position to avoid irratating some carpal tunnel problems I have in one wrist but both drops and A-bars seem to provide this. I will be doing an on/off road tour this year so the added leverage of the Albatross would seem nice and I could tape the whole bar and maybe add some auxillary brake levers near the stem for more "aero" position. Still, the drop bars would probably provide more hand position options but I'd like to hear what others have to say. Thanks.
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Macha,

I am going to do three days offroad with an a-bar over the July 4th weekend. I'll let you know how they work.

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I'd really like to hear about your experience. I'm currently waiting on parts & such for my bike project but have ordered a couple of different handlebars to try out. I decided to get an On-One Mungo bar, for some reason, to try in the moustache fashion & also upside-down as more of an A-bar type thing and also a Salsa Moto-Ace Bell Lap drop bar as a "tried & true" option. I may still consider an A-bar at some point but will check these two out first.
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That Mungo bar will definitely give you more hand positions than moustache bars. Are they available in the US? I like the sloped flat section which the moustache bars don't have....that's one thing about the moustaches, no place to rest your hands on top near the stem.
This is my current mtb frame based commuter setup with moustache bars:

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Webcyclery and Cyles gaansari both have the Mungo bars. From the picture, it is hard to tell how they are differrent fron moustace bars.
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I'm about to leave for my trip, but I've had the albatross bars on for about a week riding 10-20 miles a day.

I like the bars alot. I mounted my levers at the curves as one does with a moustache bar. My thought was that if I'm sitting upright cruising, I don't need to have the brakes at my finger tip. Also, this lever position allows me to use the entire bar. The portion of the bar just behind the curve where your hands are as far forward as possible with the palms still facing inward is great for sprinting or climbing. On long flats where I want to pick up speed I grab the curves and can rest my forearms on the rest of the bar.

I haven't tried the moutache bars--I thought about them but didn't want to buy new levers and shifters for my MB-1, so I went with the albatross. I think the more relaxed curve of the moustache would make that part of the bar fit the hands better. And the albatross isn't the sexiest bar, but I've enjoyed it so far and it's a much more racy ride than you might think when you move your hands forward, but you always have the option of grabbing the back of the bars and sitting up nice and comfortable.

We'll see how the bar works offroad this weekend.
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bumping this old thread because i was about to ask the very same question.

I am thinking of switching my flat bar to an A-bar and was wondering how they are on longer rides. Usually i just ride around the city, maybe about 10-20 miles a day. However, i like to do a bit of bike camping on the weekend, not more than 150-200 miles round trip. How will the A-bar handle on such a ride?

I would love to hear people's experience using the A-bar for light touring and long distance rides.

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Anybody use these for touring? I'm leaning towards drop bars for my 80's MTB conversion but must say that the "A-bar" looks interesting, as well. It's an old Schwinn bike I'm building so the granny bars would look the part for sure but I don't know about comfort for the long haul. I am mainly interested in having a neutral wrist position to avoid irratating some carpal tunnel problems I have in one wrist but both drops and A-bars seem to provide this. I will be doing an on/off road tour this year so the added leverage of the Albatross would seem nice and I could tape the whole bar and maybe add some auxillary brake levers near the stem for more "aero" position. Still, the drop bars would probably provide more hand position options but I'd like to hear what others have to say. Thanks.
I have a Nitto Albatross bar installed on my Trek 520. It feels great - you can go aero on the bends if you want. The bar just lets me ride my bike at an age when my back is not as flexible as it used to be.
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They might work. However, if you are looking for a neutral wrist position because of carpal tunnel (like me), I'd recommend North Road bars. Natural wrist position is neither straight across the body, ala MTB bars, nor is it straight in-line, like a soldier on parade. It's a slight-to-pronounced angle with the wrists eventually crossing somewhere in front of the belly.

North Roads do this, as do other similar types such as On-One Mary bars. If you're going with a bar that has limited hand positions, that's the way I'd go. Wald makes the North Road (model #8095)and you can get them for about $16. If you don't like 'em, you're not out much. I had North Roads on my 520 for two years and rode a few centuries that way. The barcons go right in with slip-on grips guiding the cables very cleanly. It was a nice look - like a 3-speed on steroids. Finished with a sweet Brooks B67.

I do think that Albatross bars are very classy looking.
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have an Albatross bar on my 1x9 Cross Check,
with a bar end shifter on the right side and a mirror in the left bar end.
had trouble finding the right mirror due to the position of the bar and
my large posterior. at first I wasn't so sure they would work, fiddled a
lot with the position of the Albatross, changed the stem a couple times,
finally by positioning the ends of Albatross angled slightly upward, above
the height of the stem so my palms
and hands fall onto the grips first got a pretty comfortable position. the swooping
bends of the bar give me a comfortable aero or climbing position. so far have
ridden about 2500 km this year including the 8 day 680 km erie canal ride
with a few days 80-100 km- pretty comfortable.
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