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handlebar quandry(4 posts)

handlebar quandryvjarnot
Aug 1, 2003 7:33 PM
I've been riding 46cm c-c handlebars for a while - no particular reason for that, it's what came on the bike. My shoulders measure 42 cm. I've been thinking of new bars for a variety of reasons, and now that I know that my bars are abnormally wide, I'd like to step down in width. My quandry is this, however, I'm not sure if I should drop all the way down to 42cm c-c (as the rule of thumb would have me do) or go in between (44cm c-c) to avoid making too large a change. Any ideas?

Also, anyone have handlebar recommendations? I weigh ~165.
re: handlebar quandrydivve
Aug 1, 2003 11:42 PM
Normally a 46 c-c is actually a 48cm wide bar. Most manufacturers don't even make those I think. The 44 c-c you're considering is also quite wide as that's the maximum what most offer. Generally speaking, the distance between the outer edges of the bony protrusions at the top of your shoulders is the proper c-c width for a road handlebar. Going wider may cause fatigue problems in neck and shoulders. Of course in the end it's up to your personal preference however.
re: handlebar quandryB2
Aug 2, 2003 8:09 AM
I've gone the opposite direction. I rode a 42cm outside to outside bar for a couple of years and changed to 44cm center to center just last year. It's not that the 42's were that uncomfortable, but that the 44's were so much more comfortable (if you know what I mean). I'm sure the wider bars are not as aero, but they do seem to allow you breathe better - YMMV.

I even went out and bought a Salsa cyclocross bar for my commuter that is also a 44cm, but has flared drops. Man I could ride all day in those drops.

Bottom line is that I would NOT recommend going to a 42cm bar, but then that's just me. I'm sure others with similar proportions have had excellent results with narrower bars.

Good Luck,
I like wider barsLive Steam
Aug 2, 2003 9:59 AM
Better for breathing. Sprinters generally have very wide bar configurations. Lots of leverage and the lungs can expand better in those mass sprints. As for a recommend, I like the Easton carbon bars. The have a unique bend that allows for a few different hand positions beyon the traditional. Fo AL bars, I like Deda 215. They come in different bend and drop configurations.