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Old 10-19-11, 06:49 PM   #1
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What Nitto road handlebar do you use?

Hi, Looking at the Noodle bar or the Randonneur. I ride a 44 c to c on my road bike. Thinking of a 46 for the Surly.
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Old 10-19-11, 07:39 PM   #2
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I have 2 Noodles, both from Rivendell. Very nice bars but be aware that they sweep back enough to change the reach and you may find your self feeling like a need for the next length stem.

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my mid 80' SBI Expedition had a 46 wide rando bend, it was 38 on the tops.
Nitto put specialized logo on them, I think
assembled a split rando bar from 2 narrow Sekae rando bars, to get tops to 42,


a Noodle 48, 2nd hand, the top I find, curved, to have a nice sweep..
I set my brake levers a bit higher on the downward bend..
width = lots of space on, top , since I don't ride with my hands on the brake
levers i dont mind that situation..

and a 54 wide Mustache bar on another bike.. , it has the studded tires..

Touring, commuting, now I use my trekking bars, an ITM product.

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I also switched to the Noodle and have mixed feelings about it.

It changed my reach, and in retrospect I prefer ergo bars. I haven't found them to be any more comfortable than standard road bars.

Also you should adjust the width based on (roughly) your shoulder size. You shouldn't go with a wider bar just because it's on a touring bike.
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I also switched to the Noodle and have mixed feelings about it.

It changed my reach, and in retrospect I prefer ergo bars. I haven't found them to be any more comfortable than standard road bars.

Also you should adjust the width based on (roughly) your shoulder size. You shouldn't go with a wider bar just because it's on a touring bike.
I read somewhere that a wider bar on a touring bike is better. Don't know if it is true.
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I read somewhere that a wider bar on a touring bike is better. Don't know if it is true.
Well, that's specific.

I can't think of any reason why there would be anything about a touring bike that would require a wider bar.
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I use the Nitto 115 bar on most of my bikes. 45 or 46 cm wide.
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Well, that's specific.

I can't think of any reason why there would be anything about a touring bike that would require a wider bar.
The reason behind it is the wider bar gives you some more leverage while using front panniers.
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The reason behind it is the wider bar gives you some more leverage while using front panniers.
Doubtful. My 100# wife has no problems handling a loaded touring bike using the same width bars as on her road bike. YMMV

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Hi, Looking at the Noodle bar or the Randonneur. I ride a 44 c to c on my road bike. Thinking of a 46 for the Surly.
Back to your Q. I use the rando bars on my touring bike. Since they are measured from the bar ends you'll need to take that into account when sizing because of the outward flare. (maybe that's the real reason for the wider bar advice) FWIW, I like that flared style with bar end shifters, but not with brifters due to the angle.

If using brifters, I like the 115s due to less flare, but still enough for greater comfort when riding in the drops for long periods.

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I use Nitto Noodle 46cm. I like how they are flatter behind the hoods. I'm not sure the top curving back makes much difference though. I prefer wider bars.
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Well, that's specific.

I can't think of any reason why there would be anything about a touring bike that would require a wider bar.
I tend to agree with that. BTW, I also tend to think that the need for wide bars is mostly because some riders ride with their arms really extended some times even with the elbows locked. I ride with low bars and elbows bent quite a bit and find the more you have your elbows bent the less bar width matters.
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Old 10-21-11, 09:22 AM   #13
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I use 44cm center to center bar. Think I will try the 44cm Noodle bars.
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There seems to be a lot of differing opinions on handlebar width. The common recommendation was to get drop bars that match the width of your shoulders. Grant Peterson of Rivendell (and others) recommends wider bars. Some, like Jan Heine think that it depends on the steering characteristics (wheel flop) of the bike, but generally he likes narrow bars.
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I ran 42cm Nitto M196 for a year. Decent bend, but not great. Picked up some 44cm Ritchey Classic Curve bars and it was like the clouds parted and Tom Ritchey himself smiled down upon me. Recently purchased the less expensive Comp version of the same bend, and they're fantastic.
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I have a pair of 46 cm noodle bars, and a set of reasonably wide shoulders, but I think they're a bit excessive to tell the truth. I like the shape, the bit of flare is nice, the sweep of the flat reduces reach by a hair. I think they would be good in a 44, but the 46 feels a little odd.

I got mine on deep discount, so figured I would try something new and different.
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Randonneur bend is both, because the downward bend is angled outward,
the drops are wider than the tops.

Nitto Dirt drops , on another bike, the drop angles outward,
bar end /knee clearance
offered in all the options , because the lower open end is further apart.

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Nitto Noodle B 177 48cm . I have a Trek 1420 that i always complained about the width of the bars being too narrow. So I am upgrading. One of the few bars that went to a f8 cm width. Need some bar tape and to test them.
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i upgraded to nitto b115s before my last longish tour and really like them.

they're 45cm wide and flare the slightest bit. i tried the randonneur nittos (also 45cm) but didn't like how narrow they got on the hoods.
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I have 46cm Noodles on all three of my bikes. I cannot say enough good things about them. If I hadn't found the Noodle I'd probably be riding a recumbent now, due to my persistent hand numbness. The flat ramp is the key feature for me.
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Old 10-28-11, 07:42 PM   #21
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44 noodle for me. Wish the drops were a bit more compact. Overall, very happy with them. Love the flatish ramps.
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