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Another handlebar question(6 posts)

Another handlebar questionmikey2k
Dec 10, 2001 1:33 PM
I have ITM Europa anatomic bars on my Bianchi.
I have small-medium sized hands, and I find that I can
just barely reach the brake levers from the drops.

Would non-anatomic bars or a different anatomic bar make
the reach easier from the drops?
re: Another handlebar questionBernie
Dec 10, 2001 4:23 PM
Very simply, you need prosthetic finger extensions. There's got to be someone out there who can fashion some for you. Good luck finding them.
re: Another handlebar questionart
Dec 11, 2001 4:28 AM
Try a traditonal bar, like Cinelli 64 or Deda 215.
You should find it much easier to reach the brakes
in the drops. There are some anatomic bars that work
well for people with short fingers, but most do not.
Move the brakestarwheel
Dec 11, 2001 5:30 AM
A different handlebar might help, but why not just move the brakes/shifters further down the bar? However, I have a bike with a Ritchey WCS bar with an "anatomic" bend, and it definitely easier to reach the brakes/shifters from the drops than my other bike with more a conventional style bar. Go to and look at their selection of handlebars, which has all the dimensions posted (eg, drop and reach) for many different bars.
re: Another handlebar questioncioccman
Dec 11, 2001 7:28 AM
I have the same problem. Small hands. Moving the lever down the bar is not an option for me as I ride on the hoods mostly. I'm always searching for a bar that's better for me. Let us know if you figure something out. I'm going to check out the salsa bars ASAP. I have tried Cinelli, Deda, etc., none seems to be significantly better than another.
re: Another handlebar questionAndy M-S
Dec 11, 2001 11:15 AM
Hmm. Well, if anyone is interested, I have a nice set of ControlTech conventionally curved bars. I've put them in a stem, but they've never had levers or tape. 42 width, silver... If anyone here thinks they might solve their problem, I'll let 'em go cheap!