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Nitto Moustache Handlebar(9 posts)

Nitto Moustache Handlebarnicholasdunford
May 18, 2003 10:47 PM
Cory was kind enough to give me the link to a place that sells these very interesting bars. According to the site they are exactly what I want for my commuter/weekend thrill ride Lemond. The only thing is I am trying to get a mentle picture on how they actually sit on your bike so I can determine if I would be interested, and it just isn't coming to me. Anyone have any experience? Explanations or pictures would be great.

... is this what you're looking for?Akirasho
May 19, 2003 1:50 AM

Be the bike.
... is this what you're looking for?The Walrus
May 19, 2003 12:45 PM
What size (25.4 or 26.0) clamp are those intended for? I see road brake levers on there, but is the bar diameter narrow enough for MTB levers?
It's not my bike...Akirasho
May 19, 2003 6:26 PM
... sorry, can't give you specifics...

You might contact Gary at for specifics.

Be the bike.
O.K.--thanks. I'll check it out. (nm)The Walrus
May 20, 2003 4:18 PM
I've tried them.......Alexx
May 19, 2003 3:27 AM
.....and couldn't stand them. Most people who ride moustache bars are doing so only to be different, so expect that a lot of riders with long, unkept beards will compliment you, should you buy them.
A little history on moustache bars: the main reason they exist is because, back in the 70's, Japanese schools wouldn't allow kids to bring bikes with drop bars to campus (encouraged reckless riding, or something, i guess...). Moustache bars were the compromise. So, they exist because schoolkids needed them-strange, huh?
I have a long, unkempt beard...Ray Sachs
May 19, 2003 5:44 AM
... and I don't much like them either. I have a set on my commuter and they're pretty good for short rides, but I can't stand them beyond 20 miles and don't much prefer them for anything over about 5 miles.

But, hey, lots of people DO like them, so they're worth a shot.

I'm clean-shaven, and I love mine up to about 20 miles.Silverback
May 19, 2003 8:23 AM
My 'stache bar has been on three different bikes, and I love it for the first hour. After that, I begin to miss my normal drop-bar cruising position, on the tops near the stem. For anything up to 20 miles or so, though, it's pretty nice.
If you do get one, think about using a shorter and perhaps taller stem--the curved part of the bar sticks out farther than most drop bars.
re: Nitto Moustache HandlebarMJ
May 21, 2003 7:58 AM
I've got the moustache bar on my single speed commuter/rain bike (a 1970's British steel cyclcross frame) - it's a great commuting handlebar and I really enjoy it

I've done 60 miles in a day mixed on and offroad with it - it was comfortable throughout but given the choice I'll stick with drops for longer rides

you can't go wrong by checking it out...

pay no attention to any hippy/beardy slander - for appropriate reference listen to Fu Manchu's Weird Beard