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Handlebars, stems and gift certificates(2 posts)

Handlebars, stems and gift certificatesPaulCL
May 1, 2003 6:54 AM
Much to my surprise, my Mom came through on a late birthday present. My BD was in February but I couldn't give her any ideas. Her idea: give me a present in April. I was surprised by a $75 col. cyclist GC in the mail yesterday. I love my Mom!! Ok, ok...I'll keep that in mind for mothers' day.

Now to the question....the recent post by Doug about his friend's handlebar snapping got me thinking ....again. I bought a new stem a month ago, but hadn't put it one becuase I was waiting until my bartape was so gross that I had to change it. Now I'm thinking about spending the GC bucks on a new bar and just doing it now.

Bars....aluminum?? CF?? specific recomendations on brands and models for 6'1" 185lb guy who torques the bars alot as I climb my local hills?? I have a quill stem...so I'll have to find out what size diameter bar to buy. Also, how important is it that I use campy record 10 for bar selection??

After all the conversations, I don't want scary light. My bike is light enough at around 17lbs. I think I'll avoid the bars mentioned in Doug's post.

Thanks. Paul
Ritchey ProNessism
May 1, 2003 11:59 AM
If you want strength, look for 7075 aluminum bars (which are stronger than 6XXX series bars) and make sure they are not super light. A little extra metal will go a long way to increase strength.

The Ritchey Pro bars are made from 7075 aluminum. Also the Pro is a thicker bar which is a good thing for people worried about braking bars. One other thing I like about the Pro bars is that they only have grooves on the front side of the bars. This good for Shimano users but bad for Campy fans.

Good luck.

Ed