What Bars Should I Get?

What Bars Should I Get?
March 20, 2020 Ken
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What bars? A handy online resource for comparing handlebar shapes and sizes, so you can get a grip on the details that matter.

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What bars should I get? The first sensory experience anyone feels when they get on a bike is the handlebars and the grips. This immediate tactile sensation foretells just how the ride will go… will it be fast and aerodynamic in the drops? Does the flare help with the off-road endeavour that lies ahead? Is that rise and sweep enough for me to get comfortable on my journey?

Often choosing handlebars can be confusing, what’s the difference between Bar A and Bar B? Stores might not stock the complete range and its hard to visualise feel in a multitude of numbers of varying dimensions.

Thankfully, What Bars? with its database of popular handlebars and its ability to superimpose graphically one bar over another aids in comparisons and helps us visualise what the details are in a technical graph that is attractive and compelling. Altogether an invaluable aid to making a decision on what bars to purchase.

 

  • Velo Orange: Daja Cycleworks Short & Shallow bars

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    A simple and affordable short reach and shallow drop handlebar that fits bar-end shifters. The center section is highly polished, while the area under the bar tape has a "sandblasted" finish. Specs: Stem Clamp: 26.0mm Grip: 23.8mm Drop: 120mm Reach: 75mm Flare: 0 Weight: 395g (44cm size) Sizes (C-to-C at ends): 40, 42, 44, 46cm We suggest going with a stem that uses removable style faceplate, as it could be very difficult to maneuver a non-removeable clamp around the bends.
    $95.00
  • Velo Orange: Nouveau Randonneur Handlebars

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    With comfortable fit characteristics such as shorter reach, shallow drop, and a mellow backsweep, the Nouveau Randonneur Handlebar is optimally designed for long days and nights for riders using integrated shifters and aero brake levers. The tops are ovalized and swept back ever so slightly from the stem clamp. This makes for a bigger area upon which your hands can rest. A wider palm base means road vibrations and impacts are distributed better and not centralized into a specific spot effectively reducing hand, wrist, and elbow fatigue. Additionally, the sweep lends itself better (than a straight top) to your hands' natural resting position. The ramps are 105mm in length (measured from the center of the bend to the edge of the ramp). This gives enough real estate for a full hand's worth of a position behind the hood for cruising, but short enough to easily reach the hood for shifting, braking, and out of the saddle efforts. Measuring traditionally (from the center of the stem clamp to the furthest edge of the brake lever hood mount) the reach is 85mm. The 128mm worth of drop is casual and the 12 degree worth of flare makes for terrific cornering stability and prevents your forearms from hitting the bars during punchy efforts or obstacle negotiation. The Nouveau Randonneur Bar is available in three sizes (measured center to center at the hood): 42, 44, and 46cm, two finishes: High-Polished Silver and Smooth Noir, and accepts standard road components such as integrated shifters, aero brake levers, and bar-end shifters.
    $129.00
  • Daja Cycleworks: Far Bar Handlebar

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    The Dajia Cycleworks Far Bar is a fantastic, lightweight off-road touring bar designed to be used with road components. Unlike dirt drops of years past, these allow you to have a normal hood position in addition to an easy reach to the brake levers from the drops. These bars are compatible with bar-end shifters as well as integrated shifters.

    The Far Bars have a 21 degrees of flare, drop of 110 mm, and reach of 76 mm.

    These bars are a little different then road bars in terms of measuring the width. The listed width (44 or 48 cm) is measured center of the hoods to center of the hoods.

    The overall width is 585mm for the 44cm model, 625mm for the 48cm model. Weight is 292g.

    $155.00
  • SimWorks: Misirlou Bar

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    We proposed this new idea to Nitto. They did not make anything like it but we knew it had to be made. We also knew it needed to be produced in a variety of sizes no one had tried to make before. After we got our hands on them we knew this was an amazingly useful handlebar. Versatility is the key to this bar, it allows you to set up the cockpit in a variety of configurations depending on the riders preference and diversity. We think once you ride it you will also know why we made it and understand the effort we put into making it. Material: Heat Treated Aluminum Width: 390, 410, 430, 450 & 470mm (center - center at ends) Center diam.: 31.8mm Bar diam.: 23.8mm Reach: 85mm Drop: 140mm Colour: High-polished Silver & Gloss Black Attention : Skid proof and clear coating are applied as a final treatment on this item and the actual size is wider than the diameter on each size description. Please be aware of the installation of the stem which has very severe inner diameter.

    $199.00
  • $249.00

    SimWorks: Getaround Stealth Bar

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    It has been roughly 10 years since the 'Getaround' handlebar was born. During that decade passed, bikes have evolved and so has Simworks. While staying true to our humble beginnings, and the classic elements that we believe shape a beautiful and functional bicycle we are pleased to now offer a modernized take on the trusted and beloved 'Getaround Bar'.  Now crafted in heat-treated Aluminum, an alternative option in the classic 'Getaround' shape- now with a larger 31.8mm bar clamp diameter, as well as wider overall bar width, stretched to 750mm.

    The Simworks exclusive 'Stealth Gray" anodized finish and silkscreen graphics round out an attractive and comfortable update to a timeless classic. 

    Getaround Stealth bar- much like it's older brother, will make for an outstanding handlebar on any bike from your trail battered off-road machine to your trusted townie.  Material: Heat Treated Aluminum Finishing: Stealth Grey Anodized Bar Clamp: 31.8 mm Width: 750 mm Rise: 28 mm Grip Angle: 24 deg. Weight: 378 g

    $249.00
    $249.00
  • $229.00

    SimWorks: Little Nick Stealth Bar

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    A 10-year staple in the Simworks lineup of fine handlebar offerings, Little Nick has provided riders desiring a no-nonsense, sharp-lined, zero-rise flat bar with a more ergonomic perch for their hands, by way of a handsome 15-degree flare. 

    Flash forward from that origin bar and we're pleased to offer this updated alternative. The same characteristics that made the original Little Nick a favorite amongst cyclists, are transposed here in a slightly wider width of 750mm, and a larger bar clamp diameter of 31.8mm- a size more commonly seen with today's threadless stems, including our own Rhonda, Anne Lee and Caroline stems.

    In addition to these new dimensions, 'Little Nick Stealth' is constructed of heat-treated Aluminum, anodized in a Simworks exclusive 'Stealth Grey'.

    Slightly lighter in weight than the original Little Nick bar- which is constructed of Chromoly, you've now got a modernized handlebar option that will allow you to steer confidently under the radar.  Material: Heat Treated Aluminum Finishing: Stealth Grey Anodized Bar Clamp: 31.8 mm Width: 750 mm Rise: 0 mm Grip Angle: 15 deg. Weight: 364 g

    $229.00
    $229.00
  • SimWorks: Wonderer Bar

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    The Wanderer drop holds a shallower reach and drop, for longer grip. It's easier and quicker to move into any position you wish due to the compact cockpit. Especially suited for cyclocross competition, there's nothing better than a handle bar that doesn’t move your body making you able to move your handle bar position easier. Also fitting for smaller riders. Made in Japan. High reliability with comfortable handling. Material: Heat Treated Aluminium Width: 37, 39, 41, 43, 45cm Center diameter: 31.8mm Bar diameter: 24mm Reach: 78mm Drop: 128mm Colour: Gloss Black