Trekking Bars

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AClose up of instrument panel

Close up of instrument panel

Blackburn Delphi 5.0 with Heart Rate Monitor and Cadence on right. Garmin Etrex Vista HCx with Topo Maps on left. Crane Brass Bell conveniently located on left, within easy reach from all hand positions.

Mulitple Hand Positions

Mulitple Hand Positions

I placed the Paul Thumbies & Canti Levers on the front of the bar. I wanted to make sure that the levers are  protected by the ends of the bars, so I tucked them  in. I tried putting the controls near the end of the bars, but that seemed awkward to me. When I switched from drop  bars, to treking bars I also raised them all the way up to the top of the uncut stem. With my hands at the back of the bars, I’m sitting almost bolt upright. If I stretch, I can bend backwards a little. I expect this to be a favorite stretch with long days in the saddle.

Long View

Long View

The seat is below the handlebars. I’m not stretched out like I am on my Klein. I recently acquired the Brooks Special Flyer and it’s the best saddle I’ve ever owned. You can see my “quick release” on the back of the saddle for the Carradice Saddle Bag.

Second bar visible below

Second bar visible below

I decided to wrap the bars with leather for a durable grip. I had to search to find leather bar ends that I like with the flat hand hold. I had to order them from Bicycle Hero they don’t match the bar covers exactly but I like  the look. Since trekking bars are 7/8″, the end caps that came with the bar grips wouldn’t  work. My friends at Velo Cult sold me some BMX solid aluminum end caps with expanding rubber plugs. They are a little tough to get tight up against the end, but they do give a nice finished look.

I want to replace the cutoff bar that the bag attaches to, with a center section from a set of drop bars. I’ll be crusing the bike shops in search of this elusive part. Maybe something will come up on craigslist.

Nice bars

Nice bars

I like the new setup. It’s taken some time to get it dialed in the way that works best for me.  I think I have it pretty well they way I want. I may add some twine wrapping on the ends of the leather to finish it, with a little shellac. For now I’m happy to ride it the way it is.

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