I'm preparing to do the week long 450 mile ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI, this July on my ST2 . Obviously power management will be a major focus but I've also been concerned about riding comfort. I think I have one end of the equation worked out with my BodyFloat and a Terry saddle, but limited hand positions with the standard straight bar would likely to be a pain in the neck and hands, literally.
So I started doing some research and decided on giving a trekking bar a try. I have one on my regular road bike and like it so I went for it.
Check out the pics above or below, I don't seem to have control.
I'm just in evaluation stage at this point having done just one 22 mile ride but I love the option of having 3-4 spots to rest my hands. So far the primary position, where I have direct control over the brakes, gears and assist switch is proving to be very comfortable. The position is a couple inches closer and more inward than the standard bar but steering feels very natural and it feels like I'm just a tad more uprights in my position. One interesting change is the new primary position feels like It provides the ability to do more "pulling" against the bar in my baring down mode.
Distance and time on the saddle will be the true test but so far it seems to be working nicely, even if the simplicity and beauty of the straight bar is lost for the time being. There was no need for cable changes other than to rewrap the retaining "tape", although the shifter cables do have to make a little sharper curve, but it does not appear to effect the performance.
Anyways, it's an interesting experiment and for under $100 worth a try.
Handlebars from eBay - China knockoff but actually come in the 31.8mm bar size for $23
Trekking Cycling Road Mountain Bike Bicycle Butterfly Handlebar 25.4mm 31.8mm
Ergon GP1 BioKork Grip Shift Grips $25
Planet Bike Comfort GEL Road Bike Handlebar Tape with Reflective Bar Plugs - $16
Planet Bike Century Gel Pads for Road Bike Handlebars -$13
Photo 1 - The original beauty
Photo 2 - Naked fit to test fit and position
Photo 3 & 4 - Padding applied
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