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Old 12-12-12, 11:46 PM
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Has anyone toured with Surly's Open Bar?

I've done a 75 mile ride with these and they were very comfortable but I'm wondering how well they'd work for touring for several weeks. Does anyone have any experience touring with the Open Bar?
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Old 12-12-12, 11:51 PM
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I thought it was about the QBP Christmas party..
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Yes, it's awesome! The most comfortable I have ever been on a bicycle. I'm thinking of getting a Moloko for another bike that I won't be using a bar bag on.
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Old 12-13-12, 11:22 AM
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Drops, drops, drops. Sometimes you just have to get out of the wind for a while. But then I'm a light/fast tourer.
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Old 12-13-12, 11:44 AM
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Why is the Car a Yugo, or Lada?
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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
Drops, drops, drops. Sometimes you just have to get out of the wind for a while. But then I'm a light/fast tourer.
I'll be touring on a 26'' beast of a MTB so no speed demon here

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Yes, it's awesome! The most comfortable I have ever been on a bicycle.
Glad it worked well for you! I hope I can stay comfortable using it for my tour too.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I thought it was about the QBP Christmas party..
ha!
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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
...Sometimes you just have to get out of the wind for a while...
Upright bars are nice for about 20 miles, then when you need a change of reach or grip angle there is none - which is why drops are greatly preferred for North American touring distances. Drops are advantageous when the wind >15mph, too.
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Old 12-13-12, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Why is the Car a Yugo, or Lada?
Assuming it's not a rhetorical question... Lada is an export name for Zhiguli, which in turn is a name for the mountain range close to the factory where Lada is produced. Kind of nice name and easy to spell, that's why the marketing dep (if there was such back there) has chosen it. I guess you can easily find what Lada means (slavic goddess, or adj. nice, lovely, blah blah). Guess it's similar for Yugo(slavia), sounds better than Zastava Koral.

Have been to one Moloko bar, had a good time there

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I thought it was about the QBP Christmas party..
Oh God, I can't believe I just now realized that "Open Bar" was a pun.

Anyway, I didn't care for them...they came with my Surly Troll but I switched them out for Torsion bars. But apparently a lot of people love 'em. Only way to find out if you like them is to try...
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Old 12-14-12, 12:55 AM
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The Lada and Yugo are both based on a Fiat model, As I understand .. sort of a Family Resemblance ..

shared the road with Trabants and Wartbergs, both 2 stroke engined cars, touring thru Poland
in '91..
Piston Port 2 strokes are the epitome of simplicity, in internal combustion Motors..

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Old 12-14-12, 05:12 AM
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right, but different models. I thought you wonder about the names, not whether one can call lada and yugo cars
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Skoda seems to have done well, being absorbed into VW.. they get product placement, as support cars in the TdF..

saw a post war one , [antique collector type, broken down on a corner in SF].. being rear engine rear wheel drive,
they were VW's Czechoslovakian Cousin in that..
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get some drop bar ends and throw them on where the bar curves. Best of both worlds : ) a narrow set of drops for the wind and some nice comfy uprights for the rest.
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