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Are most handlebars narrower at the hoods?(4 posts)

Are most handlebars narrower at the hoods?Matno
Feb 27, 2003 9:30 AM
Or are some more "flared" than others? I'm looking to replace mine, which are 42cm (c-c) in the bottom of the drops, but I just realized that on the hoods, where I usually ride, they are only 38cm! No wonder I've been wanting a wider bar! Are most bars more straight up and down on the sides than mine? I'm specifically looking at the Ritchey WCS series anatomic bars. Would I notice a difference in width when on the "horns" or should I go bigger (like a 43 or 44cm)? My current bars seem fine in the drops (I don't use them all that often), but the hoods are definitely too narrow. For what it's worth, my shoulders are 42cm...
re: Are most handlebars narrower at the hoods?laffeaux
Feb 27, 2003 11:01 AM
I ride with the Ritchey WCS bars. The hoods are at the same width as the drops.

You may want to look at the overall reach and drop of the bars you have to see how they match up with the Ritchey. I think the drop is fairly minimal on the Ritcheys compared to some bars (which I prefer).
I'm looking for...Matno
Feb 27, 2003 1:21 PM
...something to shorten up my drop (and reach). That sounds perfect. I like my reach right now, but my drops are a bit too low. However, I'm switching from aerobar shifters to STI's, which will extend my hoods a little (and that's where I ride most of the time). The Ritchey's sound good. Unless somebody tries really hard to talk me out of them, or has a good reason to convince me something is better, I'll be getting a set of them tomorrow... :^)
MorpheAndy M-S
Feb 27, 2003 3:03 PM
The TTT Morphe bars have a slightly shorter reach than some; you might want to look at these as well.