Jan 30, 2004 7:22 AM
|My chest measures 42cm from bony protrusion to bony protrusion. What bar size would you recommend for a bar measured outside to outside? Do you have a drop bar you'd recommend? I'm looking more for durability than lightness. Thanks.|
|up to you...||C-40|
Jan 30, 2004 9:16 AM
|Bar width is entirely personal. The shoulder measurement is difficult to do accurately, like most other body measurements.
If you have been using a particular bar width and want to change for experimentation that's fine, otherwise use what you've been using if it's comfortable.
FWIW, my shoulders measure 39-40cm and I use 40cm c-c or 42cm measured to the outside. Just keep in mind that brands measured c-c should be purchased 2cm narrower than those measured outside to outside, to get approximately the same width.
|Sure love my 50cm (!) Nashbar...||Cory|
Jan 30, 2004 9:43 AM
|I've never bothered to measure my chest, but I'm 6'4" and most guides recommend a 44 or 46cm bar for me. A couple of years ago I ordered a cheap Nashbar drop bar in 50cm to put on my singlespeed, and I liked the feel so much I put one on my "real" bike, too. The thing looks huge, even on a 64cm bike, but it's really nice to have some room to move around on the tops and I like the extra width for climbing. The motto of the story: When you finally get this figured out, if you're uncertain what you need, go with the wider bar over the narrower one.|
|yep, try a few sizes||laffeaux|
Jan 30, 2004 10:39 AM
|I rode 44cm (c-t-c) bars for a long time and was very happy. I then put a pair of 42 (c-t-c) bars on my commuter becuase they were the right price (free), and after a few months of riding with them, I actually prefer the 42's.|
|That is nearly the same thing I did with 48cm Nashbar||bigrider|
Jan 30, 2004 11:31 AM
|They had these cheap 48cm bars advertised for stokers on tandems and I bought two of em and love them. I am kicking myself because I would like to have two more and can't find them anywhere. Everyone comments on the bar width on my bikes, they look wide but man they are comfortable for me.|
Jan 30, 2004 10:44 AM
|or 46, it is usually width+2cm/1'. C-t-C as I recall, some bars measured O-t-O. Some prefer wider or narrower, you'd have to try to see what you like more.
Personally I prefer old round type with shellow "italian classic" drop like Cinelli 64 or ITM TdF/Merckx, but I am a short guy and I like comfort :)