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need handlebar recomendationwolfereeno
Aug 25, 2002 3:52 PM
I've got 40cm 3TTT road bars. The bend from the hoods to the flats isn't round but kind of thined out from the bending of the bar. Ie, they're not forged. So they're kind of pointy against my palms.

I get a lot of pain in my palms when riding due to this. (I've got some nerve problems and am already sensitive there) I've got gloves with as much gel in that area as I can find in that area but it's still painful.

Any suggestions for replacement bars, cork, etc? Even round bars would be an improvement but if there are bars that are even more contoured that might be better. I don't know that I want to go as far as those $400 carbon cinelli's but I would if it was really worth it.

The bike's a kestrel 200sci.

re: need handlebar recomendationCarbon fiber fanatik
Aug 25, 2002 6:55 PM
my personal fav? Ritchey WCS. Lot's of places to move around on...
I second the Ritchey recommendation, and..........davet
Aug 26, 2002 3:57 AM
...I wrap one layer of cotton bar tape and THEN wrap my bars with Stella Azura bar tape. This helps with the vibrations from the crappy roads I ride on. The Stella Azura seems somewhat cushier to me.
davet, you do what?rtyszko
Aug 26, 2002 9:56 AM
I've tried double cork tape but it didn't stick together well. What is "cotton bar tape?" Where can I get it? I ride a c-dale caad 3 and anything I can do to reduce vibs would be nice.

bob t.
Tressostar Cotton Bar Tape is the branddavet
Aug 26, 2002 3:28 PM
It's the old style bar-tape, used before cork bar-tape came into vogue. The bars were wrapped with cotton bar-tape, just like cork bar-tape, then the cotton tape was shellaced! Quite messy but very durable. Anyway, cotton bar tape is still available, about $3.00 for a roll. The way I use it is that I tape from my hoods up with the cotton tape then instll the cork tape as ususal. This makes the bars a little larger in diameter and easier to grasp and much more vibration resistant. I DO recommend the Stella Azzura bar-tape. It's very durable and somewhat giving. Cotton bar-tape is usually available at most roadie-type LBS. If not they can easily order it for you. BTW, the cotton tape has to be damp before installation so it conforms to the bar shape. Let it dry before putting on the cork tape.
thanks for the suggestion. BT (nm)rtyszko
Aug 27, 2002 10:40 AM
velox rim tape is the same gig .....Spirito
Aug 27, 2002 11:11 AM
ive seen it used alone with great effect but it depends on the bike.

if you are wrapping a second tape over the top and your lbs doesn't stock tressotar its easier to find and in my experience its slightly longer.

Good suggestion!burdiman
Aug 26, 2002 10:02 AM
I do the same thing (almost) with cork as the bottom layer and Stella Azzurra as the cushy top layer.
re: need handlebar recomendationwolfereeno
Aug 27, 2002 5:56 AM
Upon closer inspection and looking at some bars in catalogs I realize that the bars aren't crimped at the the bend but that there's a channel for the cables in the back. Seems it would be better if the cables were inside or in the front and the back of the bar was smoothly curved.

Do the Ritchey's or others avoid the groove in the back?
re: need handlebar recomendationpmf1
Aug 27, 2002 11:57 AM
I just put a set of Reynold's carbon bars on my wife's Litespeed. She says they make a difference. I notice that they're shaped differently than the 3T (I have the Prima 199 on my bike). The 3T have an anatomic bend (flat part where the bars bend) that is supposed to be more comfortable. The Reynold's bar does not have that. The carbon also absorbs more shock and is more comfortable. They're supposed to outlast an aluminium bar by years, making the higher cost worth it in the long run.