Citoyen du monde wrote:
Cinelli Criterium bars? The tips of those Universal levers must surely be sticking out a bit...
Apart from anything else, a refreshingly subtle colour.
I have heard it said many times that somewhat smaller riders with correspondingly shorter arms often prefer the criterium bend because it gives them better access to the drops. For larger riders, their wider shoulders don't create as many access problems. So I suppose it makes sense to fit them on smaller frames, especially with what were for the period somewhat wider bars.
Yes that makes sense, but I was wondering about the brake levers? I guess it's no secret that with these bars, more than most, there are compromises to be made: You get the levers low enough on the bars to be vertical and parallel, and find them a bit low for riding on the hoods.. You raise the levers up the bar, and find that the tips ride out and no longer pull into the bar. You angle the bars up in the stem and the drops are at an angle. I was wondering how these levers look from the front?
If a bike can be said to have 'corners', then the brake levers are two vulnerable corners. I worry about ones that stick out sideways beyond the drops, for reasons ergonomic and aesthetic as well as any issues of vulnerability. Not criticising the way this bike is set up, just interested if you or others experience this 'dilemma'
and have reconciled yourselves to the other 'horn'..? Personally I cannot raise my levers much further than this on these bars with a clear conscience....