Helpful guidelines

How wide should my drop bars be?

How wide should my drop bars be?

The standard fitting advice is to get a handlebar as wide as the measurement between your AC joints. Those are the bumps atop your shoulders where the collarbone attaches just inboard of your deltoid muscle. But many riders prefer a handlebar slightly wider than their shoulders. A wide bar opens the chest.

How wide should bars be?

Stem length also comes into play; typically, the longer your stem, the narrower you may want your bar width. This helps your body stay centered over the bike. If you’re running a stem that is 50 mm or less I’d suggest a 760 mm to 800 mm bar. If your stem is over 50mm, I’d start looking at bars less than 760mm wide.

Are narrow handlebars faster?

Narrow handlebars can speed up handling and decrease steering accuracy, which isn’t what you want when riding off-road, or if you’re a less experienced rider. Because of this, Koop recommends narrow handlebars are “best suited to a more steady riding style” and more experienced riders.

Are 800mm bars too wide?

Yes, 800mm wide handlebars are too wide for most riders. However, if you are a very tall rider, that rides downhill hill then you may require the full 800mm width.

Are wider bars better for gravel?

If the bike you’re on has a pretty sharp headtube angle then a wider bar will help keep the handling of the bike from being overly twitchy on faster gravel runs. However, keep in mind that the wider you go the greater the effect it has on not just handling but also the position you’re in on your bike.

What are time-trial bars?

Time-Trial Bars allow cyclists to achieve a lower position aerodynamic position on the bike for time-trial based events on the Track or Road. Handlebars come in either 31.8mm (Oversized) or 26/25.8mm (Standard) diameters, you need to ensure that your stem has the same clamp diameter so that you can fit your handlebars to your bike.

How to choose the right handlebar size for your bike?

The easiest way to select the handlebar’s width is to pick up different width bars in a bike shop and grab hold of them. Place your hands on each of the forward “reach” areas. Try both narrow and wide bars. Once you have the bars in hand, move them down near your waist, straight out in front of you, and then bring them toward your chest.

What affects the height of the bars on a road bike?

Raising or lowering the front end of the bike is the next biggest factor, with higher bars increasing hip angles but also compromising aerodynamics. Depending upon the angles of the upper arms to the vertical, moving the elbow pads fore or aft can also change the effective height of the bars.

Should you buy the profile design clip-on bars for ultra-distance events?

The ability to set the Profile Design clip-on bars in a high position should offer plenty of appeal for ultra-distance and audax events. The clip-on bars gets its name from the 35 degree bend of the extensions, which Profile Design says allows riders to adopt a fairly neutral wrist position.

Are carbon drop bars worth it?

The reduction in weight, range of shapes, safety levels, comfort and performance merits of a carbon bar are all appealing. However, for most of us the durability, quality and low cost of aluminium will count for more. If you want to build the leanest and lightest bike possible and aren’t on a budget — go carbon.

Do Aero drop bars make a difference?

If the former, you can set up your handlebars a little higher so that you aren’t leaning too far down when in the areos. If speed over short distances, then drop the bars as much as you can and start working on that flexibility. But overall, yes they do make a difference, in feel, comfort (for good or bad) and speed.

Do carbon drop bars make a difference?

Instead of feeling each and every vibration, carbon handlebars can help absorb and damp that chatter. When you are out on a long ride, that might make the difference in more comfort for your hands. + Flex Pattern.

How do you measure shoulders for drop bars?

The most traditional and easiest way to determine the correct width is to hold the bar up to your shoulders with the ends touching the body. The ends of the bar should reach to the outside of the shoulder, but not be so wide that the ends go past the shoulder.

How should drop bars be positioned?

On drop handlebars, the ends should angle downward five to ten degrees. This flattens the part of the bar behind the brake levers, turning it into a good and comfortable place to put your hands. Never, ever rotate the bar up, so that the ends aim upward of horizontal.

Do carbon bars reduce vibration?

Carbon components are known for absorbing vibrations better than aluminum. Many people report great improvement upon switching from an aluminum seat post to a carbon one. However, the perceivable effect is smaller when it comes to handlebars.

How often should you replace carbon handlebars?

Due to the nature of carbon, if a bar’s integrity has been compromised, it is likely to be obvious as broken fibers or delaminated layers may be exposed. Since this is not true of every incident, our advice is always to replace a carbon handlebar after a crash.

Can I put aero bars on a road bike?

Road bikes typically do not come with aero bars, so specialty clip on aero bars can be added. “Clip on” refers to the fact that they are bolted onto the handlebar and can be removed with the right tools. Typically, clip on aero bars are installed once and are not regularly removed.

Why are aero bars not allowed?

They’re not considered safe when riders may be racing in close proximity – a slight wobble could cause a major takedown. They’re not great for cornering either. Hence the reason they’re illegal in most events, except triathlon and time trials, where riders are mostly spread apart and riding fairly straight courses.

Do carbon seatposts reduce vibration?

When choosing between aluminum and carbon seatposts, our tests indicate that the carbon seatpost will offer more vibration damping on high-frequency bumpy surfaces and more flex for big bumps, while also being lighter; but they are more expensive.

Do carbon fiber handlebars reduce vibration?

Carbon handlebars reduce vibrations as long as you get a model that’s “flexy”.