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moustache bars,, Pros V Cons??(6 posts)

moustache bars,, Pros V Cons??velocipid
Mar 11, 2002 9:09 PM
hello fellow cyclists, I am curious about moustache bars. Mostly for zipping around on my commute and touring. Can anyone tell me about their experience w/them? Good source to buy them?? I know rivendell carries them, and they are quality people. any Ideas?? thanks, don.
re: moustache bars,, Pros V Cons??Alexx
Mar 12, 2002 4:22 AM
Problem: your hands are at a strange angle on the ends.
Problem: they only come in 25.4mm diameter
Problem: use a lot of bar wrap
Source: Harris Cyclery
check the triathlon forumbianchi
Mar 12, 2002 6:57 AM
Some of the tri-guys use 'em.
???SteveO
Mar 12, 2002 7:42 AM
Never seen that....and ive been doing tri's for about 10 years now...theyre primarily used on XO's.

I rode a set; theyre not bad...best for a commuter bike... using the hoods puts you in a more aero position than the hoods on drops (though not as aero as the drops themselves). The swung-back ends make a more-comfortable more-upright position. All in all, they were OK, but the drops were definately more versatile. I think they would hold a better advatage over XO straights than road drops.

The only people i know that makes moustache's are Nitto (the ones rivendell sells). I once encountered an inferior version in Mountain-only, by i-forget-the-manufacturer.
Loved mine, except no equivalent to riding the topscory
Mar 12, 2002 8:16 AM
I've had mine (Nitto, from Rivendell) on two bikes, and I like it a lot. The odd angle somebody else mentioned didn't bother me (in fact I don't know what he's talking about; feels natural to me). On longer rides, though, there's no equivalent to riding on the top of drop bars, with your hands between the stem and the start of the bend. I spend a lot of time there when I'm cruising, and I miss it.
Great for commuting, maybe not for touringRay Sachs
Mar 12, 2002 10:29 AM
I love 'em for rides of up to two hours, but beyond that I'd MUCH rather have drop bars. Some really good positions on the m-bars, but they don't have the on the hoods position or the on the tops position of a drop bar, which gets to me after a couple of hours. The on the hoods position on an m-bar is pretty cool and pretty aero and near the ends of the bar is good for more upright commuting type riding.

In short, I'd recommend 'em for commuting (if it isn't a long commute) but not for touring.

YMMV, of course. Some folks swear by them even for long rides.

-Ray