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Wider Bar Always Better?(11 posts)

Wider Bar Always Better?nicholasdunford
Jun 9, 2003 10:04 AM
It seems that you read a lot about the benefits of a wider bar for opening the lungs. For example in this months Bicycling it recommends a bar 2cm wider than normal to open your chest more. Is there any negatives to having a bar that is wider than your shoulders?
less aeroMR_GRUMPY
Jun 9, 2003 10:16 AM
Always, is a bad word. Some people can produce more power with wider bars, some can't.
Jun 9, 2003 10:27 AM
I use a 38cm cc bar. It seems to work for me much better then the 40cm cc that came with my 54cm trek.
Jun 9, 2003 10:29 AM
Yah, Bicycling also reccomends drinking beer to speed recovery.
Jun 9, 2003 11:30 AM
At the suggestion of my LBS, I went from the 40 cm bars that came with my 54cm Fuji to 44cm bars, which is the same width as my shoulders. Took some getting used to, but now I'm a believer.

More importantly, beer is the absolute best recovery drink, period. Why after a few good beers, I'm not only recovered, sometimes I'm even better than I was before the ride began!

Remember what that noted cyclist(?) Benjamin Franklin said (I stole this quote off my Sock Guy beer socks)..."Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
I use a 48cm c-t-c, but realize normalbigrider
Jun 9, 2003 11:02 AM
means what is right for your body. Mine are 2cm wider than what is the standard shoulder width measurement for my body. I love them but honestly they look abnormal on the bike.
re: Wider Bar Always Better?dnc
Jun 9, 2003 11:37 AM
It is the position of the elbows that can restrict breathing and not the distance between the hands on the bars. How do extra wide bars open up the lungs, the lungs
are restricted by the rib cage. It is possible to use the
stomach if you want to increase air intake.
Elbow Positionnicholasdunford
Jun 9, 2003 12:05 PM
Is it riding with your elbows out, or in that restricts breathing?
Elbow Positiondnc
Jun 9, 2003 12:15 PM
Elbows close together as tri-bar tt riders have them for
aerodynamic purposes.
For racing criteriumstorquer
Jun 9, 2003 12:37 PM
narrow bars could let you squeeze through an opening wider bars wouldn't pass through.

Of course it could also be entirely mental (can you really distinguish a 2 cm. difference in gap between riders while everyone is sprinting ball$-to-the-wall?), but much racing success is based on mental factors: "I have narrow bars; therefore I WILL make it through that gap!"
difference in climbingandydave
Jun 9, 2003 3:56 PM
I rode a 38 cm bar for many years, and finally decided to try a 40 cm. The difference I notice is in climbing. The slight inclease in lever arm seems to help with the climbs. Rode the old 38 cm bars this weekend, and really noticed the difference.