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Bars to get hoods closerpaulw
Apr 1, 2002 9:26 AM
Does anyone know of a handlebar that will get the brake hoods closer to me? I like to ride in the hoods but I'm feeling too stretched out. This seems a better way to go than a shorter stem (currently a 110). Thanks.
Why bars instead of a new stem (try Rivendell)?retro
Apr 1, 2002 10:14 AM
There probably are bars out there with different reaches, but why do that instead of changing the stem? That's why stems come in different reaches. Just curious...
For a short-reach handlebar, check Rivendell's new "Noodle Bar," which is slightly swept back:
For now, too, you might check the setup. If you haven't done it already, you can rotate the bars down so the ends point roughly at the rear brakes, then move the brake levers up so they're level with the highest point of the bars--just so you can reach them from the drops, but still rest your hands on them.
I could do that but...paulw
Apr 1, 2002 10:42 AM
I thought that changing bars would affect handling less. I like to ride in the drops mostly. Changing the bars also means less spacers since I have a TTT Forgie stem flipped. If I get a shorter stem, I have to add spacers to bring the height back up.

Shorter reach bars were just an idea but I'll change the stem if I have to.
I could do that but...schills
Apr 1, 2002 1:34 PM
It will only affect handling less if the change in bar "depth" is less than the change you would get in swapping stems.

The handling is affected by the length of the "lever" working on top of the fork. That length is made up of a combination of stem length and bar "depth", where bar depth is the distance from the crossbar at the point where it attaches to the stem outt to the point where your hands are placed at any given time.
re: Bars to get hoods closerKEN2
Apr 1, 2002 10:43 AM
Shortest reach (and shortest drop as well) of any road bar is the Salsa Poco
re: Bars to get hoods closerkeeter
Apr 1, 2002 1:50 PM
The TTT Morphe is slightly swept back, it will decrease your reach.
re: Bars to get hoods closerp chop
Apr 1, 2002 2:48 PM
Bunch of folks have mentioned Ritchey bars for short reach/drop as well. (Bio-something?)
re: Bars to get hoods closerdavet
Apr 1, 2002 7:37 PM
Ritchey WCS bars have a short reach and shallow drop. So does the Ritchey BioMax, which also has a slight sweepback on the tops.I use both models on the bike I own and really like them.
check this websitetarwheel
Apr 2, 2002 10:35 AM
You can get the dimensions, drop and reach for many different makes and models of handlebars at this website:

Their prices are pretty good too.

FWIW, I have the Ritchey WCS bar on my bike, and it is relatively short and shallow. I love the bar and spend much more time in the drops now than ever before. Salsa makes some bars with similar dimensions and even shorter, shallower.
as per an earlier suggestion...sprockets2
Apr 2, 2002 11:52 AM
Unless you have bars that have an unusually long reach to the hoods and a particularly steep drop, I think that you should change the stem. The height that you loose will be minor compared to how much closer the bars are if you come in to like an 80. Also, stop riding around in the drops. Most people-tourers, racers, rec riders, use the drops only when they want to really crank. It is better to ride the hoods and switch around from there for variety, at least for most riders.
as per an earlier suggestion...paulw
Apr 2, 2002 12:54 PM
I actually do ride in the hoods. It's the hoods that I want to get closer. I think I'm going to try a Salsa Poco bar.
re: Bars to get hoods closermiko
Apr 2, 2002 9:40 PM
I use the "pocos" and they WILL get the hoods significantly closer. I like them!