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Old 08-31-12, 09:43 AM
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Albatross bars.

I built my bike up from parts because I knew that I didn't want drops and did want an IGH and as a result, most of the components of a complete build would need to be changed. With just changing the handlebars, the change will be less drastic, but keep in mind that there still a few items from a complete bike that may or may not need to be changed.
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Old 08-31-12, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
Here's my Trucker Deluxe with North Road bars. I shortened them by cutting 1.5" off each side. I tour in a very upright position.
How long have you been riding that setup and what are your impressions? I've thought of doing the exact same thing with a set of Albatross bars. I feel really comfortable with my hands right at the back-ends of the curves but the rest of the grip is just in the way for me. I also would tape the bar if I went this route. My main concern was whether bar-ends would still work. I've got thumb shifters right now but they take a lot of room and I would probably swith to bar-ends.
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Old 08-31-12, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by corwin1968 View Post
How long have you been riding that setup and what are your impressions? I've thought of doing the exact same thing with a set of Albatross bars. I feel really comfortable with my hands right at the back-ends of the curves but the rest of the grip is just in the way for me. I also would tape the bar if I went this route. My main concern was whether bar-ends would still work. I've got thumb shifters right now but they take a lot of room and I would probably swith to bar-ends.
I've used that Nitto North Road handlebar setup for my last three tours (10,000 miles) and love it. I mostly ride with my hands forward in the curved position near the levers, or my hands flat and on top of the brake hoods. When I want to gawk at the scenery or cruse more slowly I do slide my hands back, near the shifters. I cut bars down with a pipe-cutter to give a little more cockpit space.

I would assume you could cut the Albatross bars to within an inch or two before the curve and the shifters will still fit, but I have no first hand knowledge with those bars.
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Old 09-01-12, 10:50 AM
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Here's my bike loaded up last winter for a camping trip...my setup has some a long way since then!


And the cockpit:



On tour there would be a handlebar-bag setup (Revelate Designs) there, carrying my sleep system. Flat bars with a fair amount of back-sweep (I think mine have 15 degrees) and Ergon GR2 grips = the comfiest setup you'd ever want. The main hand position is comfortable enough for all day riding, and the small bar-ends are good for climbing and for occasionally switching up the position. But really, even without the bar-ends I'd be fine.
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Old 09-01-12, 12:04 PM
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My Crosscheck with H bars on an S24O earlier this summer:



I finally don't like the H bars for anything except single speeding--this shifter placement is too problematic.

rSogn with NOS Zoom Brahma bars:
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Old 09-01-12, 07:47 PM
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Nashbar touring frame w/ flipped mustache bars. Originally had them the other way around, but out too much pressure on my wrists. Flipped them over just so I could ride until my new trekking bars came in, but found they were so comfortable in that position that I'm keeping them for the foreseeable future...

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Old 09-02-12, 07:24 AM
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Here's a Sam Hilborne with the new Nitto Bosco Bars. They are the most comfortable bars I have ever used.


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