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Need help with handle bar sizing...(6 posts)

Need help with handle bar sizing...santa cruz
Sep 16, 2002 7:11 AM
I a long time MTB guy who started road riding about a year ago to augment my MTBing. I'm looking to replace my handle bar with a Carbon Easton and am trying to determine size.

Is there a standard measurement. I'm 6'1" 190 pounds. Fairly broad shouldered.

Any feedback would be appreciated.
re: Need help with handle bar sizing...SantaCruz
Sep 16, 2002 7:20 AM
Standard recommendation is shoulder width, some folks like them narrow, others prefer wider for better breathing.

Are you in CA??
re: Need help with handle bar sizing...biknben
Sep 16, 2002 7:29 AM
A good starting point would be to measure your shoulder width (center of joint, not outside of shoulder) and find a bar equal to that. Different manuf. measure their bars differently. Some measure the width center-to-center while others measure outside-to-outside.

I would check your shoulder width and compare it to your current handlebar. Use your current h-bar as a starting point for determining what size to get.

Most bars are available in three sizes. Unless you have huge shoulders, the middle size would probably be the choice for someone your height.
You can actually be civil when you're not trolling... nmjose_Tex_mex
Sep 16, 2002 7:48 AM
forget all the 'shoulder width' stuff...Steve_0
Sep 16, 2002 8:00 AM
if your chest feels too constricted on your current bars, go wider. If you feel too 'spread', go narrower (personally, I dont believe you can go too wide). If you feel comfortable, go with the same size.

Just measure your current bar (endcap to endcap) in the same manner as easton.
Consider wider rather than narrower, IMOSilverback
Sep 16, 2002 8:50 AM
I'm a Clydesdale, and until the last couple of years I've ridden what came with the bike--usually 42 or 44cm. When i was converting my singlespeed, I bought a cheap Nashbar drop bar that was 50cm wide. It felt so much better than what I had that I put it on my main road bike. Did a century on it Saturday, and it was really nice--got plenty of room on the tops, where I ride a lot, and if I go out on the hooks it opens up my chest. The difference in breathing is apparent in climbing. Man, that sucker LOOKS huge, though, even on a 64cm frame. People walk by and glance at it and then look back...