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First flared bars...(5 posts)

First flared bars...Mitch2
Apr 4, 2003 6:30 PM
I wonder if Salsa and WTB got their design from this guys bike on the far right. Got the link from MTBR Passion.
re: First flared bars...roadboy
Apr 4, 2003 6:53 PM
Now thats old school stuff
Apr 4, 2003 8:18 PM
Old school alright. Those guys are puffing a smoke:)
re: First flared bars...copying naturekiwisimon
Apr 4, 2003 11:10 PM
The first flared bars were apparently copied from natutre by a young Italian bicycle racer named Ernesto De virgillio. Prior to Ernestos discovery, bars were moustache or horizontal. Some Bridgestone nodels were sold with this style of bar and I believe Sheldon Brown is still a big advocate of their use. Penny farthing or ordinary bikes as they were called back then originally had this style of bar. With the invention of the safety or chain driven bike, flat bars were bought across from the penny farthings.
Ernesto was not in his formative years a cyclist, indeed he was a cheese delivery boy for his fathers diary. Deliveries in those days were made by mule and it was often a source of pride among cheese makers whose cheese was sold the fastest. The quicker a boy returned from his deliveries, the implication was that that cheese was more delicious. Many a morning the local delivery boys could been seen racing their mules back to town.
Mules generally have flat ears that stand out at a slightly elevated angle and this necessitated the young lads sitting high on the shoulders of the mule to reach the ears. As any cyclist knows sitting high and upright increases wind resistance creating drag. Ernesto's mule by some genetic quirk had ears that pointed down and back enabling our young hero to adapt a more streamlined position.His mule of course could race back to town quicker and claim the kudos. Ernesto never forgot this lesson and when he started racing cycles had the local builder fashion him some mule bars. The mule bars caught on in racing cicles but were named instead after Ernesto's quirky eared mule Cinelli.
Don't take this as gospel but it makes perfect sense to me.
Whether it's true or not...Art S
Apr 8, 2003 12:11 PM
...that's still a cool story! :)