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deciding on what bar or stem to buy(7 posts)

deciding on what bar or stem to buysilroadbike
Jul 31, 2002 3:22 PM
I am buying a Campy Record groupy set. I have a choice between the TTT forgie or Cinelli handlebar, and TTT forgie or Cinelli stem. Which is the better handlebar and stem? I can also exchange the options and pay the difference for another handlebar and stem. Does anyone know of any good brand of38cm handlebar? Also, what is all the technical degree drops on handlebar and degrees on a road stem?

Thanks in advance
Only somewhat related, but why 38cm?cory
Jul 31, 2002 3:27 PM
That's a REALLY narrow bar, and I've been so comfortable since I went to a wider one, I'd urge you to be sure that's what you need. I'm a Clydesdale and went up from 42 and 44 to 48 and 50cm on my two road bikes. Even my 5'5" friends, though (one male, one female) ride wider bars than 38cm.
Only somewhat related, but why 38cm?silroadbike
Jul 31, 2002 3:56 PM
According to my measurement, a 38cm would fit me. I am only 5 feet tall and not very wide on the shoulders. Someone suggested buying Salsa pro handlebar. Any comment???
Only somewhat related, but why 38cm?sam-g
Aug 1, 2002 4:09 AM
I recently changed out my 46cm Forte bars for 42cm Salsa Pro bars which are sized correctly for me. Somehow my LBS installed a 38cm size by mistake which I didn't discover until after a 62 mile ride. Although too small for me, I liked the Salsa Pro even at this smaller size. The flat spot portion on the drops is realy comforable.
where do you find 50 cm bars?(nm)rufus
Jul 31, 2002 5:26 PM
Re 50cm bars--Nashbar had 'em on salecory
Aug 1, 2002 3:32 PM
When I built my Atlantis, I did so many things differently (following Grant's advice) than I'd done them for years, I decided to go with wider bars, too. Nashbar had some cheap ones in 48- and 50-cm widths for less than $20. I ordered a 50, figuring I'd try it for awhile, then maybe put it on my single speed.
That was 18 months ago, and I've never gotten around to taking them off. They look huge, even on a 64cm bike, but I'm 6'4", with large hands, and it's nice to have that room up there on the top. I got some 48s for the SS, too.
They were still in the catalog a couple of months ago. Haven't checked lately.
i went to a 46cm o-o 3ttt....rufus
Aug 1, 2002 5:13 PM
from the stock specialized bar that was on my bike, maybe a 38-40cm. the first ride i felt like i was steering a bus, but by the end, they felt totally natural. 50cm is probably too wide for me(i was just curious) but i'll never go smaller than what i've got now.