really bad handlebar/lever setups itt

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iwillbe
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(Reply to #2001)

hiimjoshimabike wrote:
Spotted in /r/BikePorn:

If that's what they're calling porn, I'm gonna have a really really hard time not kinkshaming the hell out of that thing.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:47
NOVELTYNAME
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Those bars are awkwardly erect

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Mon, 10/09/2017 - 18:56
kmcdon
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Other than the bar setup and the generally terrible fit, I'm not sure that there is a whole lot wrong with the bike?

Excluding those two things, can someone tell me why it's horrible?

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 22:30
iwillbe
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I was riffing on the saddle / bar / stem, but if we're going in on the thing: one bottle cage, qr seat collar on a road bike. But mostly the contact points, this is, after all, bad handlebar setup thread.

The bike appears to be a stock road bike from 15 years ago:
https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?item=37479

I guess, yay? It's a sign of the general weirdness of the 1995-2003 era in road bikes that the thing came with freaky paired spoke wheels AND a quill stem.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 22:53
dorth
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(Reply to #2005)

iwillbe wrote:
this is, after all, bad handlebar setup thread.

And lbr, imagine how easily that bike could be transformed into a sweet ass road bike. Correct the contact points, ergoz ban! and normal wheels. would ride.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 23:13
littletinyfish
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The uncoordinated mix of silver and black components tells me aesthetic was not considered at all. Disqualified from being "porn." I mean, fuck, if you're going to post a stock machine, ANY OTHER color of $15 bar tape would be an improvement.

At least they ditched the totally inappropriate blue saddle.

this was a big deal a hundred years ago when everything sucked balls ---match avatar

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:17
Andrew_Squirrel
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Why would you paint/powdercoat your bars? ...but also not paint your stem?


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Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:59
chazzwazzer
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A “Rusty Huntsman” eh?

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:38
sparksflyhigh
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I saw that on Instagram. What a gross looking finish

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:21
JUGE FREDD
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and a gross radlawn rack too

if it's the same rust-texture powdercoat I used it'll rub right off anyway

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Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:03
Rentable Faxmachine
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My fargo butt pimple is gonna blow the roof off this thread.

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:05
sparksflyhigh
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(Reply to #2012)

JUGE FREDD wrote:
and a gross radlawn rack too

if it's the same rust-texture powdercoat I used it'll rub right off anyway

What did you use that powdercoat on? The rack for the Holstein elephant?

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:57
JUGE FREDD
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yeah front and rear

it looks good but isn't for anything that sees wear

would work well on a forged aluminum stem, basically the inverse of that build

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Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:09
NOVELTYNAME
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Fred can u plz talk more about the best for bike use powdercoat

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Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:20
Rusty Piton
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Pulled from the Roadrunner bags site. What the fuck?

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Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:23
iwillbe
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It's illegal to have normal drop bars now. You have to be a rowdy fella who needs flare for days so that you can #getoutside and bikepack. I tried to ride my road bike with Zipp SL88's offroad once, and the repulsively vertically aligned hoods and bar ends made me vomit with disgust as I crashed my bike repeatedly.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 16:46
Whippin Skidz
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66.6cm flared drops or you're just posing.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:10
Rentable Faxmachine
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I feel like many of the DerpDrop users would be better served by Jones Loop bars.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:19
Tail Hook Lengthener
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(Reply to #2019)

iwillbe wrote:
It's illegal to have normal drop bars now. You have to be a rowdy fella who needs flare for days so that you can #getoutside and bikepack. I tried to ride my road bike with Zipp SL88's offroad once, and the repulsively vertically aligned hoods and bar ends made me vomit with disgust as I crashed my bike repeatedly.

I've lost count of all the comments I've gotten for running regular Deda drop bars on my NFE.

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Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:55
Whippin Skidz
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(Reply to #2020)

Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
iwillbe wrote:
It's illegal to have normal drop bars now. You have to be a rowdy fella who needs flare for days so that you can #getoutside and bikepack. I tried to ride my road bike with Zipp SL88's offroad once, and the repulsively vertically aligned hoods and bar ends made me vomit with disgust as I crashed my bike repeatedly.

I've lost count of all the comments I've gotten for running regular Deda drop bars on my NFE.

What would be the bar de rigueur for an NFE? Cow Chippers or whatever?

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:45
eric_ssucks
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Something that looks like you walk around like a gunslinger in a western, arms out at the sides ready to draw but not actually on your gun handles.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:50
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I've mostly seen some variety of off road-specific swept bar.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:56
emor
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Interesting how so many people are going through the “alternadrop” phase at the same time.

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Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:51
Tail Hook Lengthener
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The first bar I ever bought on my first bike I built for myself was a first-generation Salsa Cowbell. I rode it around the park by my house and immediately realized that they were terrible.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:01
kmcdon
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I'm putting cowchippers on the h/g, no fucks given. I hope they don't suck.

I also have like 3 bikes with mostly regular drop bars, so it'll be nice to try something else.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:19
liquify
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I like cowbells. maybe first gen sucked, but no complaints on what I have on both endpoints.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:31
Andrew_Squirrel
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Yeah, I really love the cowbells but TC: only ridden 3 types of drop handlebars in my life
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:40
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Come to think of it, it was the first generation Bell Lap, not the Cowbell.

These hideous things. New Salsa bars may be fine, I have no experience.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:45
Face
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I'm just here to say cowbells are awesome. My double cross went through about 2 handlebars a year trying to find the right juice. I put cowbells on maybe 6 years ago and never looked back.

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Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:08
heavymetal
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Oh god, I had those Bell Laps on my crosscheck. They were awful in every way. I've got Cowbell 3s or somesuch on the NFE: nice flare without having too much flare.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:08
Blakey
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(Reply to #2031)

heavymetal wrote:
Oh god, I had those Bell Laps on my crosscheck. They were awful in every way.

same, same.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 21:25
joy of vaping
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I had those bell laps on a SS mtb converted to drop bars

It was bad

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 22:27
Rentable Faxmachine
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Cowbell 3 Cru checking in.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 22:30
ckd
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I've got Bell Laps on one of my bikes right now and they're weird but they work.

They came stock on my Cross Check.

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 22:34
ckd
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(Reply to #2035)

Rusty Piton wrote:
Pulled from the Roadrunner bags site. What the fuck?

What are these anyways? I'd try em.

Spencer Raleigh, Medical Panini

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 22:34
DaFROG
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seems they are velo orange "Dajia Far Bar"

We have assembled an international voltron of geometry, marketing and metallurgy experts working around the clock and have determined that your bike sucks

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 01:24
circuithero
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I have tiny hands, so single radius bars all day.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 02:12
iwillbe
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A lot of these mega-flared bars seem as if they'd only work with a neutral wrist/hand position if you completely stiffarmed them.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:28
Rusty Piton
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(Reply to #2039)

Rentable Faxmachine wrote:
Cowbell 3 Cru checking in.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:56
Rentable Faxmachine
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BTW, fukka Ritchey C260 stem. Completely scored the center section of some sw8 Ritchey bars during installation despite following the instructions.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:55
crabbi
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I have that stem on my crawws bike. It's a PITA with the rear facing stem bolts.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
if you're here, you probably fucked up somewhere along the line.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:42
Rentable Faxmachine
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crabbi wrote:
I have that stem on my crawws bike. It's a PITA with the rear facing stem bolts.

Where you able to install your bars w/o seriously mangling the center section's finish?

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:05
crabbi
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I don't really recall

Sneaky Viking wrote:
if you're here, you probably fucked up somewhere along the line.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:13
Rusty Piton
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On the other hand, the regular Ritchey stems up and down their line are fantastic!

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:01
circuithero
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I fucked up some enve mtb bars with that stem. Pretty... pretty pissed.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 20:48
Rentable Faxmachine
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Yeah, I'm going back to Zipp or Salsa jawns.

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 23:41
jamesacklin
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(Reply to #2047)

Blakey wrote:
heavymetal wrote:
Oh god, I had those Bell Laps on my crosscheck. They were awful in every way.

same, same.

Rusty Piton wrote:
Rentable Faxmachine wrote:
Cowbell 3 Cru checking in.

Thirded on both counts, although—just switched to the Soma copies of the Jones Bend bars (710 wide, 45° sweep, 15mm rise) to replace the Cowbells and folks,,,,,,, hot take, most of the world would be better off on such bars, even though it's not nearly "allroads" enough for Instagram

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 23:43
Endpoint
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Firmly in the cowbell camp here as well.

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 09:52
yonderboy
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This bike was stolen; I'm hoping some hobo fixes the cockpit.

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 14:56
blackholelectron
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Speaking of alt-drops, I recently ebayed a pair of the Ritchey EvoMax bars for my NFE- same nice super-shallow classic bend as the Zipp SSRs used to have and the Ritchey Neoclassic have now, but with just a bit of flare (like 12* or something). They are really great, and make the bag-lever interaction area a lot friendlier. I find myself reaching for the drops more often. The "classic round bend, shallow, with a little flare" design is pretty fuckin' perfect for what that bike is made to do.

I think when I first built it I had the 3t compacts with a little flare on it. ergosum perhaps? those were ok, but these are absolutely wonderful.

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Sun, 11/05/2017 - 15:38

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