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shoulder width and handlebar(5 posts)

shoulder width and handlebarjunn
Sep 25, 2001 3:02 PM
hi, i`m going to order a road bike and i need help on choosing my handlebar size. my shoulder width is 17 1/2 inches. i`m in between sizes(i think) - 42 cm and 44 cm. some recommended 42 and some 44. so, if you`re in my place what size of handlebar would you choose and why? any input will be appreciated. thanks!
Either wayKerry Irons
Sep 25, 2001 4:05 PM
Wider bars = poorer aerodynamics and easier breathing. Not much poorer, and not much easier. It's not all that critical. If you have a preference from riding the MTB, go with that. For example do you feel like you're more comfortable with your hands at the ends of the bars, or closer in toward the stem. Let that be your guide.
I'm surely no expert, but . . .LAIrish
Sep 25, 2001 9:23 PM
I assume you are not a really advanced rider, or you would already know what you like. If this is correct, two additional centimeters will probably not be critical to your aerodynamic needs. On the other hand, you can always put your hands a little closer together on a wider bar. The opposite is not true.
But you can't move the brake hoods. nmdzrider
Sep 26, 2001 7:08 AM
Go to a shop and lay your hands on them. One is going to feelbill
Sep 26, 2001 2:59 PM
more comfortable. If they don't, well, then, I guess it doesn't matter too much.
You may know this already, but beware the center-to-center/outside to outside measurement warp. Some bars are measured one way, some the other, and your 42 center-to-center is someone else's 44 outside-to-outside.