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Old 12-28-13, 09:10 AM
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Trekking Bars!

When I built up our LHT''s this fall I bought a trekking bar for my bike. I did not use it because I thought the cable housing was going to be too crowded.
So decided to try them out on my winter bike a Giant Escape Hybrid. Installed them yesterday and wrapped the with bar tape this AM. We are going out for a ride as it is Sunny and 40F+!
One of the reasons I did not install them on my LHT was I was trying to also use a Ergon grip and there was not enough room before the bend started.
Well if these are really comfy I may be doing a change before our tour which starts in April.
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Old 12-28-13, 09:12 AM
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Love my trekking bars. I put them on a vintage mtb. This is a really good design.
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Old 12-28-13, 10:54 AM
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2 layers of padded tape on mine.. though an MTB bar and Ergon GR5 is Ok..

I have those on my bike friday split for travel bars. [but lacks the complete front grip of the 8 bend]

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Old 12-28-13, 02:58 PM
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We did just a 25 mile ride and I kust say I really like them! I am going to check out the Ergon grips that are shorter maybe they will fit.
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I have trekking bars on my tourer, and I love them. Don't use the top bars much, but the side and bottom ones are golden. Can't beat 'em!
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Love ine too. Two layers of tape on them. Switched from drop bars which were killing my shoulders.
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http://www.grabongrips.com/ cut to fit application.

Leaving foam on the bar attached to the back of my van....and daywaz cut off tp fit in 400 miles or less. I

If the horizontal sections were ergo shaped ? ergo is excellent.

A trekking bar goes with an adjustable stem.

However, concern continues on probabilities for getting the forearm stuck in there.

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Old 12-29-13, 05:39 AM
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Is using strips of old inner tube an option as the first layer of grip covering?
Has anyone used inner tuning for that?
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It's certainly an Option..

I've used innertube strips as a bar wrap before, as the only one ..

give it a try and see for yourself..
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I like the idea of some additional padding. I used black for the first layer. What about using a different color for the second layer and leaving gaps to show off the base layer?
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there, in addition to buying a multicolor tape , is the harlequin braided sleeve technique
to master as well , but that is straying from practicality

to showing off at the cafes to your chums, stuff, rather than bike as a tool to go see places..

IMO the plan for using the second layer , is for additional thickness .
leaving gaps, not overlapping the previous tape wrap, would mean the thickness gain is less.

but, YMMV, do as you see fit. ..

crud on the chain is black and so hands get dirty mending punctures ,
so my tape color choice is black.

keeping disposable gloves in your patch kit, may be required, if you want a bright color tape.

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