Touring handlebars are an extremely subjective area. Bicycle tourists may differ in their priorities for choosing the right bar. But, the following guidelines seem to be universal: Comfort, function, durability. Once, you’re dialed in on your requirements in those areas, you have quite a few options to choose from. It can be an experiment, though. And, one that isn’t easily determined by shorter rides.
Comfortable touring handlebars are often a function of hand positions. Usually, the more the better. Additionally, some people are prone to hand pain issues and certain types of positions may look comfortable but stress the hand in such a way that pain issues, not easily alleviated can be a problem. Make sure you have a good idea of how your current hand positions may translate on bars with different geometries and shapes.
Function is about what goes where on your handlebars. Some have borrowed the term “cockpit” management. Everything in it’s place, easy to find if you’re not looking and easy to see when it’s necessary. Touring handlebars come in many varieties. Positioning brakes/shifters, lights, computers, GPS, phones, and other accessories, if you have them will need some thought and analysis.
When you ride your bike to work or school you need gear that is comfortable or you just won’t ride. Handlebars without a doubt are about as important as it gets when it comes to comfort. Being able to alter hand position while you’re riding is a huge benefit in staying comfortable and being efficient.
When selecting a commuting handlebar you need to consider a few things…
- How long is your commute?
- What is your desired riding and hand position?
- What type of terrain will you be riding?
- Are you looking for speed or more upright comfort?
Identifying this things will help determine if you need Drop bars, Flat bars, Riser bars, Bullhorn bars, Trekking bars, Mustache bars, Upright bars or Cruiser bars. Don’t get overwhelmed just take into mind what you’re trying to do and keep comfort as your number one option.