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Handlebar sizing(3 posts)

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May 29, 2001 8:21 AM
A quick question for all of you bike fit wizards out there. How does one determine which size of bar to use? Do you just get out a tape and measure shoulder width, or is it purely a matter of feel and personal preference. Thanks.
Not a wizard, but...PsyDoc
May 29, 2001 9:08 AM
The "recommended" method is to measure shoulder width and go with that measurement. A wider bar opens up the chest for "better" breathing, while a narrower bar makes you a bit more aero. One method is to measure your shoulder width by the outside of the bony protrusions at the top of your shoulders. This will give your center-to-center handlebar size.
FWIW, wider feels pretty good...Cory
May 29, 2001 9:41 AM
I've ridden with 44 and 46cm bars for years (I'm 6'4"), and thought I was comfortable. When I built up my Atlantis, I ordered a set of 50cm cheapies from Nashbar, thinking I'd put them on my commuter and move the bars from that to the Atlantis. I got impatient and built the new bike with the wide bars just to get it on the road, and it feels so good I've done three months/almost 1,500 miles and can't make myself switch.