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Handlebar for Fixie(10 posts)

Handlebar for FixieAndante
Feb 15, 2002 9:04 AM
I just built up an old 80's Somec into a Fixie. It had a 40cm bar on it. I wear a 42 suitcoat, and my other bikes have 44cm bars. I have an extra 44 lying around, and also a tandem stoker bar (bullhorn). I use the bike for commuting and will not be using an aero bar. I normall ride exclusively on the hoods (never the drops). Should I try the bullhorns, and are they comfortable for distance (as comfortable as hoods?)? or should I use the wide traditional bars. Or jus stick with the 40's? Any info--- especially about bullhorn comfort, is appreciated.
re: Handlebar for Fixiebrider
Feb 15, 2002 9:08 AM
Actually, try them all out and see what's more comfortable. I generally ride 42s, but I have a 44 on my commuter (which is my fixie when I put another rear wheel on it). The 40s may seem a little narrow for road use, but I have 40s on the track set-up. BTW, the 42 coat size is the chest circumference in inches -- nothing to do with handlebar size.
What about a mustache bar?cory
Feb 15, 2002 9:10 AM
I haven't ridden with bullhorns for several years (I used to like them), but like you, I rarely use the drops. My singlespeed has a mustache bar from Rivendell that works really well--upright enough that you can look around in town, but if you want to, you can stretch out to the brake levers and get fairly aero. See it at
What about a mustache bar?Ray
Feb 15, 2002 10:14 AM
I have an m-bar on my fixie. I love the bar for short rides but I don't like it for long rides and I feel exactly the same way about the fixie, so it's a good match. No part of my body likes riding this bike more than about 40-50 miles at a stretch. The m-bars allow you to get more upright (with good steering control) than a drop bar and more aero than a drop bar, and the wide part of the bars are great for wrestling the bike up a hill that's a little too steep. It doesn't have that incredibly comfortable "on the hoods" position that a drop bar does, though, which is probably why I can't take it for long distances.

No mustache bars.Andante
Feb 15, 2002 11:13 AM
I am trying to use what I have in the garage lying around. The drop bars and bullhorns are here already, I try never to spend money on a fixie (except to buy the cog.)
I've used a bullhorn barclimbo
Feb 15, 2002 11:52 AM
on my fixed gear for quite a while. No need for drops and the comfort is quite good. I pile up a good thickness of bar tape on it and it works well. It's easy to climb out of the saddle as there is lots of room to move your hands around. It makes the "fixie skid" quite easy because you can really unweight the back wheel by getting your hands forward on the bars. Try them, ther are better than just hoods.
Cool rigbigdave
Feb 15, 2002 12:56 PM
Now I might have to get me one of those bullhorns for my fixie beater. :-)

What size cog are you running? nmmorrison
Feb 15, 2002 1:44 PM
Feb 15, 2002 6:03 PM
Take that 44 and flip it around like you were gonna install it upside down, then hacksaw off the drops to achieve a psuedo bullhorn (only smaller and tighter).

Messenger style.


smaller and tighterfnm
Feb 15, 2002 6:17 PM