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Moustache Bars (cross post)(5 posts)

Moustache Bars (cross post)D_man
Dec 29, 2003 12:28 PM
I use my cross bike for pretty much everything: from road rides to singletrack. I find that I like all the hand positions that drop bars offer, but I never actually use the drops! So I was thinking of experimenting with a set of moustache bars. Do they work well for applications other than a pure townie bike? How do they ride off road?

Please post pics of your setup.
Wondering myself!scrublover
Dec 29, 2003 9:50 PM
ordered a pair last week. I'll try them on my Cross check first; it's setup SS, so no worries about working the shift levers. If they don't work out well on it, they'll go on the road fixie.

Your other post on mtbr looks like some folks like them off road pretty well.
Wondering myself!D_man
Dec 30, 2003 4:40 AM
Yeah--there seem to be a fair number of people on the SS board running them. I also found this page with lots of information about them:

http://www.stanford.edu/~dru/moustache.html
re: Moustache Bars (cross post)flyweight
Dec 31, 2003 1:10 PM
Not being able to ride comfortably in your drops isn't the fault of the bars but rather your position. Most bikes come with the bars set too low for the type of riding most people actually do (in other words not racing) and this is why when bikes come into the shop the bar tape on the tops is completely worn while the tape on the drops is barely dirty. Raising the bars is probably cheaper and easier than switching to moustache bars.

I've run moustache bars on my old B'stone XO-1, a cross bike, and a MTB and each time I eventually swapped them out for drops. As much as I want to like them they're not as good as drops.
re: Moustache Bars (cross post)Kary
Jan 1, 2004 7:20 PM
I have a set of moustache bars on my commuter. It is an old Trek 8700 MTB. I bought the bars from Van Dessel Sports and they fit my XC Pro brake levers and thumb shifters. I have ridden them offroad and on road and like them in general. On road they give a couple of hand positions. Off road they are OK. I am interested in trying a set of dirt drops or similar in the future.