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how d you determine what width handle bar?(7 posts)

how d you determine what width handle bar?lookin for help
Sep 16, 2002 8:57 AM
And on top of that what Kind? I am looking at two right now.
re: how d you determine what width handle bar?seamus
Sep 16, 2002 9:26 AM
It's my opinion that feel and personal preference reigns supreme when it comes to determining bar width, but in cyclocross (racing or otherwise) I find that wider bars (44 or even 46 depending on where you measure) offer more leverage and control in sketchy off-road situations. Compare a 44 vs. a 40cm bar on a technical trail and I think you'll agree.

As for what kind, many of us really dig the cyclocross-specific Salsa Bell Lap, which has slightly flared drops. Personally, I like the Ritchey BioMax, which is lighter, with a pretty radical ergo bend to it (even the flats have a mtb-style 5 degree sweep). Or if you want a standard road bar feel, Deda makes excellent stuff.
wider is better...lookin for help
Sep 16, 2002 9:58 AM
I like that notion and probably will go that way. You actually nailed the two I have been looking at, The Bell Lap or the Ritchey. might end up just being which I can find a good deal on. Gotta start somewhere.
Salsa Bell Laps 4 SalesoulFire
Sep 17, 2002 7:49 AM
Hey Lookin For Help,

I 've got a pair of 46cm Bell Laps that have only been used three times, never crashed on , and are in perfect shape. I just can't deal with the "ergo" bumps. If interested email me at "".

re: how d you determine what width handle bar?mackgoo
Sep 16, 2002 10:44 AM
The classic fit is 2cm wider than your road bar. If you aren't on the road it's basically the width of your shoulders, that's the road fit.
Wider is better when you have a wide bar and your on the tops the spred for your grip is almost as wide as a MTB bar and is comfortable as well as giving a sense of stability.
re: how d you determine what width handle bar?varmit
Sep 16, 2002 11:07 AM
I suppose that I am an oddball, but I prefer a bar 2 cm shorter for cross, compared to my road bike. It seems to feel more comfortable on dismounts and when shouldered, also I can reach rear brake when stepping through easier, as I don't reverse my brake levers (one less thing to remember while anerobic).
re: how d you determine what width handle bar?atpjunkie
Sep 16, 2002 11:31 AM
I'm from the + 2cm school. If you don't know your width, measure from the 2 bony protrusions on your shoulders. I also prefer wide as I run bar cons, more room for the knees