Several weeks ago we went down the road of handlebar selection during the group build of the Surly Long Haul Trucker. I’m still venturing down this road slowly and have ordered in several various handlebars, with many more on the way. The biggest issue I’ve had is trying out handlebars that use road brake levers, or not and also bar-end shifters or not. To continue on my test I have also ordered in Paul Thumbies and Shimano long pull brake levers. *
Bars to be tested
Soma Sparrow (In upright position)
Soma Clarence (In white of course)
Currently the process for handlebar testing is to install, document and measure. Test ride on normal road riding, semi off-road and crushed gravel type situations. Adjust, measure and document as needed. Wash, and repeat with next bar.. What are your thoughts on the process? Anything to add or remove?
Because of the list above, and on-going handlebars that will probably be added this process may take a month or so but I will update you as I go through bars.