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Old 03-26-11, 11:29 PM
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your "go to" touring handlebar

Hey folks! New here. Hoping to do my first tour this summer if conditions allow.

I assumed this topic has been brought up before so I politely searched the forums first. However, by the fifth page I was really sick seeing "handlebar bag thread" after "handlebar bag thread," so I thought I might as well just start a new thread.

What's your favorite or "go to" handlebar for touring. I'm interested in hearing what you guys are using as a fav. Currently I'm commuting everyday with salsa woodchippers and they're OK but the wide drops flatten me out more than I prefer. I have considered a flat(ish) bar but I use friction shifters. I've been eyeing up both the nitto noodles and the nitto randonneurs. Velo orange makes some nice copies of these too, for cheap. So what do you guys like?
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Old 03-26-11, 11:45 PM
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I lean towards Butterfly / Trekking bars, a number of possible hand positions, and it allows rapid fire / mtb style shifting to be done.
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Old 03-27-11, 01:11 AM
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I use wide drops also, and sometimes just regular drops. I don't like trekking bars. I want variety in thumb up positions, and I want to be able to get low. My body isn't all that flexible, but in heavy head winds it is about the only thing that works. WTB Dirt Drops are going on the next one, though I am not sure anyone would call those the best choice. I also have some Thorn Drops on order to use with the next Rohloff bike I build.
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Old 03-27-11, 01:42 AM
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For comfort I prefer the albatross bar, double wrapped with some comfy cork tape. But front bags are seriously compromised by this bar, so I just go to flat with bar ends.
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Old 03-27-11, 05:12 AM
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Depends on the tour and the bike. On long haul tours on my road type bike I use drops with brifters or barcons. For shorter trips that may include some fire trails and other rough stuff I use trekking bars. On B&B tours I use upright North roads that are on my Raleigh 3 speed.

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Cow horns, double wrapped, with friction shifters at the tips, plus a Profile Design Airstryke aerobar. By far the most comfortable bar set up I've tried. Lots of positions.

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Old 03-27-11, 07:00 AM
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I'm looking at bars for my new bike, and I am thinking about trying the Nitto Noodle.
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I've had butterfly style trekking bars on my bike for almost a year. It's only seen commuting duty and some longer weekend rides so far, but I absolutely love them. I'm building up a touring frame (should be) next weekend, and the trekking bars are going onto the new Surly, which should finally see me get in some touring this spring/summer.
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Old 03-27-11, 10:50 AM
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swan stemmed randonneirs w/grab-on padding, bar end shifters
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Old 03-27-11, 10:56 AM
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past: Randonneur bars, present: trekking bars , getting a Bike Friday PL,
with their 2 piece H bar, so will see about that ..

have another trekking bar to use..
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Salsa Bell Lap. They flare outward at the drops nicely. The bends put the shifters are a very comfortable angle for riding on the hoods. They are very similar to randonneur bars but without the slight rise from the stem. You can see how they work with a bag here, post #6.
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nitto rando model.

the flare is ideal...
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