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Old 08-10-12, 08:53 AM
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Specialized tricross comp 2009 flat handlebars?

Hi,

I'm supposed to be picking up this bike this weekend taught I should ask your opinion first.

link to bike : https://www.adverts.ie/bikes/speciali...tition/1913590

Plan on using it for every day cycling and a tour of europe next year, would it work as a flat bar?

I have lower back issues so looking for a more upright riding position.

Price is 450 euro with a carrier, saddle bad and mudguards, does that sound about right?

Apparently in great condition.
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Originally Posted by halfmoonman View Post
Hi,

I'm supposed to be picking up this bike this weekend taught I should ask your opinion first.

link to bike : https://www.adverts.ie/bikes/speciali...tition/1913590

Plan on using it for every day cycling and a tour of europe next year, would it work as a flat bar?

I have lower back issues so looking for a more upright riding position.

Price is 450 euro with a carrier, saddle bad and mudguards, does that sound about right?

Apparently in great condition.
Here's the corrected link: https://www.adverts.ie/bikes/speciali...tition/1913590

Here's the picture of the bike for sale you mention:



I have a Specialized Tricross Sport with drop bars. It works fine as a light tourer, and it's an excellent all-around bike.

As for flat bars, I would not recommend them for extended riding as they limit your hand positions to 1. Drop bars and a comfortable back-friendly riding position are not mutually exclusive.
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Old 08-11-12, 12:20 PM
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Many, many people tour with flat bars. Most have bar ends of some kind. Some have narrower bars, some wider, some higher, lower, etc. There's a million variations, it's all personal preference. If you like flat bars, go with them.
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Old 08-12-12, 08:39 AM
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Cheers, do you think the price sounds right $553?
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These bikes are popular; that explains the price. Even the frames alone go for good money and they sell out everywhere.

I have one built up as an all arounder / distance bike. The effective top tube is fairly long, a flat bar would work fine with the geometry. Whether you find it workable not to have a stretch/aero position is up to you, I would find it limiting.
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A careful inspection for condition, of used bikes, cannot be done remotely..

that being said, i'm running Trekking Bars using flat bar controls.
My setup, they are a bit higher than the saddle, to do that on a second hand bike
you may consider a new fork with a steel steerer tube,
so as to have access to its entire un cut length.. to have the bars high enough..
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