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Kristin, Spinchick, others...bars for small hands...(6 posts)

Kristin, Spinchick, others...bars for small hands...Curtis
Oct 6, 2001 9:33 AM
...we are looking for a set of roadbars for my "other" to put on her new road bike (my winter project). Who knows of any good narrow (less than the normal 40cm) bars that fit well with smaller hands?
Salsa pocoGail
Oct 6, 2001 11:11 AM
My daughter needed a 38, they have even narrower ones, with a shorter reach. The poco was the only one we found that did both..
Something to consider,....why less than 40 may not be goodnestorl
Oct 6, 2001 6:17 PM
I had a long conversation with an USCF coach about this when I was putting a bike together for my GF who is very small. According to him... and then many other people I've talked to, once you go narrower than the regular small 40 you begin to affect the handling ability of the bike. It seems that the benefit that you would get by a 'better fit' is lost by the loss in handling power. Actually, They said that they even make the kids at the USCF developmental program ride with 40s to increase safety and handling techniques.

You may know more about this than I did, but if you have questions you should talk to a few licensed coaches or a fit expert at your LBS.

Good luck. cheers. nestor
Did you discuss...Kristin
Oct 8, 2001 5:48 AM what level of riding handling is affected? Would the avid recreational rider notice the difference. Was he speaking of all riding, or just racing/high speed technical handling? Having handlebars too wide can cause back/neck pain.

As for suggestions, I don't have any yet. I plan to use my Forma bars for a while before replacing with with something more ergo.

not narrower - different bend curvature perhaps?jacques
Oct 7, 2001 3:06 AM
If your "other" has a problem reaching the brake-shift levers because of her smaller hands, a bar that's just narrower might not help.

I believe Terry does make a bar with an different bend curve that brings the levers much closer to the hands. It should be available in a 40 cm.
bars for small hands...DoubleK
Oct 7, 2001 6:12 AM
If reach to the brake levers is the main issue, consider Cinelli Solida bars. If you tape them up without the supplied foam cushions in the drop area (which I really like by the way), you will find yourself to be much closer to the levers. I personally don't like this but for someone with small hands and short fingers, it will help a lot.

Happy Riding.