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Old 12-05-03, 03:46 PM
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What about this handlebar setup?

I have a Trek 520 with the standard drop handlebar setup. It has Dia-Compe 287 brake levers and Dura Ace barcon shifters.

I'm thinking about switching over to a bullhorn-style handlebar like below:




I would angle the handlebar up a little and place the brake levers at the usual spot and the bar end shifters in well, the ends of bars.

Can you see any problems, either with the setup or the handling that would result with the setup? My main concern is having the bar end shifters so close to the brake levers and sticking straight up.

I'm doing this because I never use the drops and I'd like to have the brake levers in better position.
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Consider moustache bars instead of bullhorns. I switched from drops to moustache and am glad I did. Bullhorns may not be very comfortable over the long haul. I have bikes setup with both bullhorns and moustache bars. Barend shifters on the ends of bullhorns just above your brake levers is an awkward setup.
This is the only photo I have of this setup with the moustache.

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I ran STI levers on the end of pursuit bars on my tri-bike a few years ago but I didn't really like it so I switched to "real" pursuit bar brake levers and bar-end shifting on the aero bars.

The brake levers will bottom out sooner on the pursuit bars. And internal brake cable routing will add a lot of friction so the brakes won't work as smoothly.
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If it is simply to get higher bars, get a much higher stem with a shorter reach.
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I second the mustache bar setup. I have mustache bars on my city bike and did on my road bike for quite awhile. They give you a lot of hand positions and raise you up a bit compared to drops. With aero break hoods you can get quite stretched out on mustache bars as well.

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Bullhorn bars are quite comfortable, and they do allow you to stretch out, making yourself a bit more aerodynamic. I use bullhorn bars on my fixed-gear.

One thing you have to remember about bullhorns, though, is that you will need a shorter stem with them. In my case, I use a 60mm stem where a 90 would be proper for a drop-bar. I also use bar-end brakes.
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Old 12-06-03, 10:01 AM
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If you aren't using your drops maybe the bar is too low. Try a taller stem.
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Old 12-06-03, 11:32 AM
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thanks

Thanks to those who answered my question.

I may consider the moustache bars.
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