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Old 06-30-08, 12:07 PM
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Trekking bars with grip-shift?

Hi all,

My lady and I are planning her first bike tour for this fall. She currently has a Trek 930, which has already been converted a bit for city use. It's a great bike, and I think it would make a nice tourer (nice gearing, steel frame, strong wheels), but I would like to change the current flat handlebar to a trekking bar or similar.

Her bike is currently equipped with grip-shifts. I've only seen trekking bars on-line, and I don't know if grip shifts can be installed on trekking bars. Can I just slid the grip shifts onto the bars? Are there particular trekking bar make/models that work with grip-shifts? Should I get rid of the grip-shifts altogether?

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Old 06-30-08, 12:18 PM
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Assuming you are thinking butterfly type trekking bars like these (the one on the left) your existing grip-shifts and brake levers will work just fine.
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Grip shifters will work just fine on trekking bars. The grips go on before the shifters so make sure you measure and push the grips on so the shifters will be properly positioned when you put them on. Some use bar tape made for road drop bars in addition to standard grips. Here is a photo of my bike with nashbar trekking bars. You can see black grips and red bar tape to match the color of my bike.
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Nashbar trekking bars and grip shift work great. get bar tape with gel pads underneath. I have a small Topeak bar bag installed and it fits fine. The only thing is if you use a bar mirror, you'll need either the Zefal SPY mirror or the mirror from Ortlieb

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Thanks n4zou, your handlebar setup looks like how I'd like to set up my lady's bike.

I notice that the brakes and shifters are installed on the rearward part of the trekking bar. Did you have to install a longer stem to make up for the distance the trekking bars sweep back?
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If you don't want to change the geometry or mess with the stem, you should try the Dirt Research trekking bar. The advantage of the DR bar is that the brake levers/shifters are in the same position as a straight bar. It doesn't quite have the full butterfly loop design that the Nashbar trekking bar has. I have both, in my case, changing the stem on my bike would have involved some serious changes with the front brake, so I went with the DR instead.

You can buy the DR bars on ebay for $10 plus shipping, item number 160254622149
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Hi, I had trekking bars on my Novara Safari and my wife uses them on her bike. Before you get them all set up try them both ways. (upside down) A small change in their angle makes a big difference in the height of the two sections. Some people run them almost vertical for a dramatic posture change from one section to the other. They're very comfortable with a variety of hand positions. We both used the thick black foam grips.
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I swapped out flat bars for Nashbar trekking bars and realized that I didn't even have to withdraw the shifter cables or cut new housings. Just unbolt them, slide them off, then slide them onto the new bars.

My girlfriend reported "no wrist pain" after the 90 minute first ride. I used Performance brand grips.
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DR trekking bar with grip-shifts?

wrk101, would the DR bars work with grip-shift? Is there enough clearance to slid the grip-shifts through the curved part of the bar to where they need to be?

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Originally Posted by shakeelium
Thanks n4zou, your handlebar setup looks like how I'd like to set up my lady's bike.

I notice that the brakes and shifters are installed on the rearward part of the trekking bar. Did you have to install a longer stem to make up for the distance the trekking bars sweep back?
Nope, just removed the old straight handlebar and put on the new trekking bar. I rode it a while to make sure I liked the way I have them now before I shortened the brake and shifter cables. Switching handlebars made the cables look longer than they should due to them being closer to the top tube. Thankfully I did not need longer cables!
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Good question. The ones I have on my DR bars are Shimano Deore DX trigger shifters. I had no problem getting them on the bars, but there is not a large grip like a grip shift. I have never tried to mount grip shifters, so I am not sure how they would mount.
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