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Anyone riding "wide" bars?(9 posts)

Anyone riding "wide" bars?tmac13
May 16, 2003 9:52 AM
I am measured for a bar that is 42cm c to c. Rode my bro's bike that was 44 c to c, felt great! Any long term experience with riding bars a few cm's wider than standard fit suggests?
re: Anyone riding "wide" bars?theweasonator
May 16, 2003 11:10 AM
My Modolo bars I switched out were 40cm, I think e to e, maybe c to c, and I switched to a 42cm EC90 c to c, which is what wrenchscience told me I needed. I've been riding on the 42cm bars for about 5 months and it feels a tad wide, but i've gotten used to it and I don't think it is a big deal. To each his own... you might have a different experience.
re: Anyone riding "wide" bars?tookie
May 16, 2003 12:12 PM
i switched from 42 to 44 a couple months ago and have been rela happy. i have another bike that still has 42s on it and took it out for a spin the other day and couldn't get comfy. feels like to 44s offer more control/stability since they're wider. they're just plain more comfortable. once most people go wider, they don't go back. as a reference, i'm 6'2 175 lbs.
disagree!satanas
May 22, 2003 11:19 AM
Changed from 40 c-c to 42 c-c and was quite happy for several years. Then tried 44 c-c; lasted one week and hated them so much I took them off. Then got STI and went back to 40 c-c as the bigger levers made the bars feel wider/uncomfortable. Ideally like to get 41 c-c/43 edge-edge, but unfortunately nobody makes them any more - 3T used to...

Having said that, most people complain that bars are too narrow or too low, and that seats are too far forward (unless triathletes!), rarely the reverse - at our shop anyway...
re: Anyone riding "wide" bars?eflayer
May 16, 2003 1:30 PM
I'm 6' and wear 33 inch dress shirts and I now subscribe to the suggestion of Rivendell's Grant Peterson. Wider is usually better. I started on 44 and now have Riv's 46 Noodle bars on all 3 bikes. I like the control and the feeling of wider bars up high.
50cm on one bike, 48 on another, I'll never go narrow again.cory
May 16, 2003 1:36 PM
When I built my Atlantis, I bought some cheap 50cm bars from Nashbar, thinking I'd try them for a few days, then put them on my singlespeed. I'm 6'4", and I'd been riding 42s. The 50s felt so good that they're still on there two years later. I put the Atlantis' mustache bars on the SS and ordered a pair of 48s for my beater/commuter. At least for a tallish guy, they're pretty nice.
re: Anyone riding "wide" bars?iliketoridebikes
May 16, 2003 1:37 PM
I bought a 61cm klein Q-carbon and it came with 46cm bars. I think they rule for climbing leverage when standing. I am primarily a MTB/singlespeed rider so the wider bars feel natural to me.
re: Anyone riding "wide" bars?dpazos
May 17, 2003 7:58 AM
I have got 44CM. I used to ride 40 cm thinking it was more aero nut the 44s make my chest feel more open and I can breath more efficiently.
sort ofDougSloan
May 22, 2003 3:32 PM
I probably should use 42 cc, which I have on several bikes, but I also have a 44 cc (Kestrel EMS) on one bike, and I really like the feel. I think there is more control in turns and more leverage and better breathing when climbing. Not ideal for time trialing, but that's not what I do with that bike.

Doug