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Please help a newbie(3 posts)

Please help a newbieGo Kart Motzart
Jan 25, 2004 4:16 PM
I have ridden and raced mountainbikes for almost fifteen years, but have never really been into road riding. I just purchased a 04 C'dale R3000 and I know the stock handle bar is too narrow and the shop will gladly do a swap for me. I am about 6 ft. and fairly wide shoulders, could a few of you who are approx the same size provide some insight for me? Thanks.

Matt
The standard starting pointKerry Irons
Jan 25, 2004 4:27 PM
The width of the handlebar should be nominally the width of your shoulders from the bony ends. This is only a starting point, with personal comfort deciding beyond that, but you will probably be fine with that width. Wider tends to be less aerodynamic but allows easier breathing. Narrower is the opposite. Over the last 30 years, average h'bar width has grown about 2cm.
re: Please help a newbieBrokenSpoke
Jan 25, 2004 4:27 PM
I am about the same size, 6'1", and I use 44cm center to center.