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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:16 am 
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I was in central london for the first time in ages yesterday and it seems that now all the cycle couriers are using tiny , 12-14inch wide handlebars,

I guess it will allow them to get through small gaps, but rather than srcapping your bars now, wouldnt the fisrt point of contact be your Knees? Ouch!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:00 pm 
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martin_b wrote:
I was in central london for the first time in ages yesterday and it seems that now all the cycle couriers are using tiny , 12-14inch wide handlebars,

I guess it will allow them to get through small gaps, but rather than srcapping your bars now, wouldnt the fisrt point of contact be your Knees? Ouch!

Knees? Only if you pedal bandy-legged.

When I was (briefly) a messenger in Melbourne, VIC, there was a guy who reckoned his 12" bars let him squeeze between two trams passing in opposite directions. Wouldn't fancy it myself.

Narrow bars have long been a courier thing. They can be helpful - you can always wriggle your body through a gap, but the bars tend to be at wing mirror height.

These days it's part of the fakenger look, like candy-coloured deep V rims and BMX grips. More power to them.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:23 pm 
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Have a look at fixie inc's car scratchers :D


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:48 pm 
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kaiser wrote:
Have a look at fixie inc's car scratchers :D


Where can I see them?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 2:30 am 
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What's the point of 12" bars when my bloody thighs are as wide as that each...... :roll:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:20 am 
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kaiser wrote:
Have a look at fixie inc's car scratchers :D

martin_b wrote:
Where can I see them?

http://www.mosquito-bikes.co.uk/htdocs/ ... tem_id=634

http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/2008/index.html

Al6061? I would've thought tungsten carbide was more the thing.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:09 pm 
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:arrow: This is always entertaining :lol: :lol: :lol:
There's one guy on there with his bars about a third of his overall girth :lol: :lol: :lol:

Original version here :wink:


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P20 wrote:
:arrow: This is always entertaining :lol: :lol: :lol:
There's one guy on there with his bars about a third of his overall girth :lol: :lol: :lol:

Original version here :wink:


Well, and we wonder why cyclists get a bad name!!

Absolute nutters, I was putting my brakes on and swerving round pedestrians just watching!!

Mind you, a good version of Johnny B Good I thought 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:05 am 
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great vid. life in your hands stuff.


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bloody idiots


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