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Thick handlebars(5 posts)

Thick handlebarsGMS
Aug 31, 2002 7:06 PM
I have seen some handlebars that seem like they have a thicker tube, and they look like they'd be really comfy.

Is this just a function of the tape used to wrap them, or are some handlebars made with a larger tube diameter than others?
re: Thick handlebarsAFred
Sep 1, 2002 6:05 AM
Deda and a couple of others make 31 mm bars. They are thicker in the center where the stem is clamped and a bit thicker than traditional 26 mm bars on the tops and in the drops. I have Deda Magic bars and stem, but I do not find them anymore comfortable than traditional bars. They are a bit stiffer and seem to transmit more road shock to my hands and arms.
If you want 'thick' handlebars............gogene
Sep 1, 2002 8:33 AM
...the next time you wrap your bars, first wrap them with cotton bartape (as an underwrap), then wrap with your favorite bartape. I use Stella Azzura. It seems to be somewhat thicker and more cushy than Cinelli and the like.
Another double-wrap ideacory
Sep 2, 2002 7:43 AM
Years ago, when I bought my first Peugeot, the shop owner wrapped the bars on almost everything he built with an inner tube, then put the tape over that. It gives a ridged feel you may not like, but it works for me.
I've wrapped new tape over old for years--I like Cinelli cork tape (the celeste matches my Atlantis), but it's pretty delicate. Last time it wore out, I wrapped over it with old-fashioned cotton bar tape. Thickens things up and absorbs shock without being flaccid (note historical first use of "flaccid" on this board).
I really hate flaccid tape! (nm)gogene
Sep 2, 2002 12:39 PM