Trekking handlebars advice pls.

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Trekking handlebars advice pls.

Postby radek » 19 Apr 2019, 7:37pm

Hello colleagues!

I am looking to moving away from drop bards due to discomfort in the back... I want to have a more upright position. Is there any good model of trekking handlebars that one of you could recommend? I have done some research online, but now I feel overwhelmed by the choice available. I would also liked to transfer my thumb sifters to the new bar.

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Postby robgul » 19 Apr 2019, 8:20pm

If yopu're tempted by butterfly bars I suggest very strongly that you try before you buy - despite the various hand positions I found them to be the work of Satan.

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Postby radek » 19 Apr 2019, 8:38pm

If yopu're tempted by butterfly bars I suggest very strongly that you try before you buy - despite the various hand positions I found them to be the work of Satan.


How can I try them if they are not fitted on my bike?

I am wondering if there is a well established touring butterfly bar something that someone can recommend ?

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Postby Paulatic » 19 Apr 2019, 8:42pm

Have you considered raising your steerer? It would seem a lot simpler and get you more upright.
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Postby radek » 19 Apr 2019, 9:00pm

Have you considered raising your steerer? It would seem a lot simpler and get you more upright.


I did, but then I am not really using the drops almost at all. On the very odd occasion I use them to cut through strong headwind. I thought that maybe I could rise the angle of the steer and fit a velo orange crazy bar. Unfortunately, I do not have space for more spacers.

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Postby peterdpusey » 20 Apr 2019, 1:32am

I moved from drops to flat bars when I brought my Thorn Raven Tour the flat bars came with GPSL grips and I have never been happier. My last trip was 2,000 miles from the Isle of Wight to Budapest. I never really understood drops as I spent most of my time riding with my hands on the brake hoods.

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Postby MrsHJ » 20 Apr 2019, 2:40am

peterdpusey wrote:I moved from drops to flat bars when I brought my Thorn Raven Tour the flat bars came with GPSL grips and I have never been happier. My last trip was 2,000 miles from the Isle of Wight to Budapest. I never really understood drops as I spent most of my time riding with my hands on the brake hoods.

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I have this set up too (not on a thorn) - I switched from butterfly to this. Mine is a comfort bar so slightly swept back plus ergo 5 I think bar ends, all from SJS. I’m happy with the hand positions.

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Postby m-gineering » 20 Apr 2019, 6:59am

radek wrote:Hello colleagues!

I am looking to moving away from drop bards due to discomfort in the back... I want to have a more upright position. Is there any good model of trekking handlebars that one of you could recommend? I have done some research online, but now I feel overwhelmed by the choice available. I would also liked to transfer my thumb sifters to the new bar.


Aside from swapping the bar you might need new compatible shifters and brakelevers. Depending on what you're running now this might get 'interesting'
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Postby Ivor Tingting » 20 Apr 2019, 2:19pm

If you decide to get a set of butterfly bars then don't get BBB's offering. I did and regretted it as they flex far too much. I got a Genetic Zygote butterfly bar which is much stiffer but haven't actually kept it on my bike as I regularly need to put my bike in the back of the car. Having a small car and a bike with butterfly bars on is challenging. So I have an Easton Monkey bar slightly raked back with Ergon bar ends much like the pic of the bike provided above. I would recommend the Ergon bar ends for reducing numbness in hands.

It also also possible to get a tube extender for your steerer to raise your bars if your steerer is cut short. I made the mistake of cutting a steerer tube too short once. Now I don't cut them unless they are absurdly tall getting in the way and being a hazard. A few months ago I raised my bike's bars by about 1.5 inches and it is so much more comfortable to ride now. Leaning forward at say 60 as opposed to 45 degrees.
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Postby pjclinch » 20 Apr 2019, 2:33pm

radek wrote:Hello colleagues!

I am looking to moving away from drop bards due to discomfort in the back... I want to have a more upright position.


For flats-with-options I have some Cane Creek Ergo bar ends on my hack bike which I like a lot and they're a lot less fuss than butterfly bars. I rode drops for years but I've lost my enthusiasm for them now. The Ergos were out of production for a while but looking at CC's web site suggests they're back "by popular demand", so looks like it isn't just me that likes them.

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Postby Thehairs1970 » 20 Apr 2019, 3:21pm

Look at this guy's bike for another alternative.

https://youtu.be/KbuAk-A_TSM

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Postby reohn2 » 20 Apr 2019, 5:49pm

My preference for flat bars are ones with a back sweep of more than 40degrees,these place the hands in a more natural position and nearer to the hoods position of drops.
I like these two best(and I've tried a few)which are 45degrees:-
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBOOMB/on ... -handlebar
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/HBOOGB/on ... -handlebar
Both are wide 65cm for the Mikes and 72cm for the Geoffs though either can be cut down to suit.
The loop on the Geoffs provide added hand positions for tucking down out of the wind.
I dislike bar ends as brakes and gearlevers aren't readily to hand when using them.

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Postby Sweep » 20 Apr 2019, 6:23pm

robgul wrote:If yopu're tempted by butterfly bars I suggest very strongly that you try before you buy - despite the various hand positions I found them to be the work of Satan.

Rob

Can I ask why?
(Not arguing by the way, I was offered them on my flat bar Hewitt but passed on them)
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Postby hondated » 20 Apr 2019, 6:39pm

Here's a photo of mine I have just taken and I love them. So much so that I am thinking of selling some of my dropped bar racers to buy a proper trekking bike.
I must admit i have waivered and took them off and replaced the drops but having done that i now think they are the most comfortable for me.

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Postby m-gineering » 21 Apr 2019, 1:39pm

Sweep wrote:
robgul wrote:If yopu're tempted by butterfly bars I suggest very strongly that you try before you buy - despite the various hand positions I found them to be the work of Satan.

Rob

Can I ask why?


1) they place the levers/shifters very close together, so you have little leverage on the bars when you need it most
2) they are springy but the bars bend in the wrong direction, putting more strain on your wrists

and lost of practical reasons like big, interference with cables or with barbags, esthetics etc
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