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handlebar width?(6 posts)

handlebar width?velocity
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 sizeslaffeaux
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 Nashbarbigrider
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.
44cmcyclopathic
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 :)