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Old 01-04-13, 09:12 PM
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Let me see your treking handbars

I would be interested in seeing some pics of treking bars set-ups. Thanks
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My XLC Trekking bars, wrapped with old innertubes in one direction, then wrapped with cork tape in the opposite direction, to make the bars absorb shock without being "squishy." I went with a "PeeWee Herman" style mirror at the time. If I were to do it now, I'd get a helmet mirror instead, so I could turn my bike upside down to work on it! Other than that, the mirror is great!

I have them installed in the "riser" position, rather than in "drops" position, with just enough tilt to make grasping the sides comfortable. It sure affords loads of hand positions, including "flat palm" against the inner elbow and ersatz "aero bar" by grasping the inner elbow (as shown below) and resting forarms on my brake lever assembly. Also, the brakes are surprisingly easy to get to from the side holds.



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Select images link near top of page to see hundreds of trekking bar images:

https://www.google.com/search?q=trekking+bars

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Here's mine!
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Thanks! I would not have thought of that. This gives me many ideas on how the brakes can be installed.
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Google Images is often where I look first for info. It is an excellent resource for researching all kinds of stuff.
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Here's a link to my Nishiki, there are other pics of the same set-up which I remember putting on this board a while ago last time the question came up: https://wildavis.smugmug.com/Bikes/Ni...4020&k=Pwb2Nf8

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Trekking bars have much room for innovation, in where you place brakes and shifters on them, and in how you align them. I prefer using mine in "riser" position, where the bars angle up from the stem, while others prefer them in the "drop" position, with the bars angled down from the stem. Some folks like them angled near horizontal, while others have them vertical, and some like the open end facing in (like me) while others have the open end facing out.

Just play around with them, to find a setup that feels most comfortable to you, and tweak at it over time and with longer trips, or change it completely on a long trip, till you have it just the way you want. That means carrying around the allen wrench and screwdriver everywhere you go for a while, as you go through the "ride, stop, adjust bars, adjust brake levers and shifters, ride, repeat" routine.

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I've been thinking of getting a set for my Trek 520, but I really like my bar-end shifters. Looks like the bar ends won't work so what should/could I use?
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I've been thinking of getting a set for my Trek 520, but I really like my bar-end shifters. Looks like the bar ends won't work so what should/could I use?
Get Pauls 'thumbies' to re mount the shifter lever mechanism, on the Trekking Bars..
the mountain version for 22.2 mm/7/8" tube.

I'd probably mount them on the back where the MTB levers are..

[though Harris /Sheldon's old job, set up road levers on the front
of the ones they showed in the Handlebar section of their site.]
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Cool, thanks I'll look that up.
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