Bar orientation

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Bar orientation

Postby suspended » Mon Feb 11, 2013 14:26 pm

Just something lurking in the back of my mind: why do bars actually have any backsweep? When I ride, my wrists tended to be swivelled so that my hands are rotated slightly inwards on the bars, rather than matching the angle of the backsweep. Surely having bars swept forwards would make more sense - has anyone ever tried reversing their bars?

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Re: Bar orientation

Postby nicklouse » Mon Feb 11, 2013 14:29 pm

nope and nope. sounds like you have been assembeled oddly.

but these

http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/HBOOBINGO/o ... _handlebar
http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/HBOOSNOR/on ... _handlebar

are basically bars with bar ends built in which is a bit more natural.
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Re: Bar orientation

Postby suspended » Mon Feb 11, 2013 14:55 pm

LOL - never thought of myself as oddly assembled but anyway... I've noticed a lot of riders also tend to ride with their hands angled inwards, hence my idle thought

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Re: Bar orientation

Postby The Rookie » Mon Feb 11, 2013 15:17 pm

In an't say I've ever noticed any! It will also increase the cockpit length as well.

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Re: Bar orientation

Postby suspended » Mon Feb 11, 2013 15:28 pm

I think I feel an attack of experimentation drawing nigh!

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Re: Bar orientation

Postby lostboysaint » Mon Feb 11, 2013 15:37 pm

It's not backsweep that's a potential issue, that's simply the way that your hands should fall, it's upsweep.

Put your hands out in front of you at shoulder width apart and in a relaxed position and if you were to put handlebars in your hands they'd have to show a backsweep and downsweep.

Grahame Noyce, world championship MX racer in the 70s and 80s revolutionised the MX bar world by first just rotating some standard bars back to completely neutralise the upsweep but then took it a stage further and had a slight drop on his bars from then on.

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Re: Bar orientation

Postby raldat » Mon Feb 11, 2013 20:20 pm

Ok ok, I know it has a motor but awesome pics.

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Re: Bar orientation

Postby captainfly » Thu Feb 14, 2013 05:41 am

I found backsweep really uncomfortable when I started riding, then I realised my bars were too narrow so my handfall was awkward, now my prefered width is around the 800mm with the standard backsweep and are so comfortable, but I am a big dude at 6'3" with a 48" chest and am 4" wider in the shoulders than the average :wink: so they look like 710mm when I'm riding :roll:
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