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 Post subject: Bar help
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:57 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Evening folks.... I need some help ....bought an old junker claud butler on e bay a while back to try and rekindle my forgotton love of old road bikes .... whilst i'm enjoying the bike and i've put on a couple of hundred miles on it already I just cant cope with the handle bar set up....

The bars are far too narrow and have a weird bend in them which makes them uncomfortable

The question is what should I go for and is there any way of checking to see what diameter i'm going to need, shifting/braking set up will remain the same as the pic below.

Also if anyone could throw some light as to why my bars are bent like this I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:24 pm 
Old School Hero
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Your stem looks like a sakae or an sr so you will have no compatability problems with 25.4 bars. Make sure you do not get any old cinelli gear because it is a larger size 26.4 unless you get a bar stem combo. The bend on your bars i can only guess at are a specific touring shape and gotta agree look awfully skinny. Levers and bar end shifter will fit nearly everything so you will be ok. Let us know how you get on


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:27 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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thanks for that i'll have a hunt for some 26.0 dia bars with some decent width


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:36 pm 
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Hey dude, i gave you wrong info there and have edited my post. You need some 25.4 bars. 26.0 is the modern standard without going oversize. Apologies for that! Tip: Dont drink alcohol and post technical help :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:39 pm 
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Having said that i run some 26.0 bars in an older stem. Works well but is a tight fit. Don't know what others opinions on that are?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:45 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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:lol: No worries dude.... i guess i would have more choice if I changed the stem ?? are quill stems still available ??


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 Post subject: Road bars
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:45 pm 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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A general rule of thumb is to measure your shoulders from end to end and that will be a good place to start for your bar width. That way whether your on the tops or the drop your hands will be in a natural position width wise. How we always do it back home.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:51 am 
Old School Hero
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That's called a 'Randonneur' bend, it's French for rambler or tourist.
Tourists spent more time on the tops & thought it gave more comfortable hand posistions. There's plenty of 25.4mm bars & quill stems about. Not sure about new but they're always at jumbles, Ebay etc. (& my shed!)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:51 am 
Dirt Disciple

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thanks for that cab , if you happen to want to sell me a set of 25.4 bars i'd be up for it i'm only down the road in WSM and work in Clifton


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:43 am 
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PM'd you. Is it really a junker? looks good from that angle. What tube set is it?


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