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  • I recently bought a track bike off a friend, and although the fit is great the bars are 42cm width and I'd be far more comfortable with 38cm. I'm on a bit of a budget (povo student) and was wondering if there are any brands out there that do decent cheap-ish narrow track bars, maybe specifically for ladies?

    I'm a total clueless numpty in these matters so any advice for far wiser folk would be appreciated

    Thanks!

  • loads of brands do bars down to 38 - Deda have lots of choice. I would say stay clear of 'track' bars unless you are a sprinter, road bars will give you more options for comfortable hand positions and are available with differing amount of 'drop' to the drops :)

  • 38 is not particularly narrow, plenty available in that size. Most older bikes come with 38 as standard. If you do not mind something old, headover to any place that has a stash of older bike bits. Jumble, bike co-op workshop etc... You will definitely find some.

  • what clamp size are you looking for? I've got some 38 cm width drops that are short reach too which is generally good for ladies that you can have for cheap
    are you looking for track bars specifically?

  • loads of brands do bars down to 38 - Deda have lots of choice. I would say stay clear of 'track' bars unless you are a sprinter, road bars will give you more options for comfortable hand positions and are available with differing amount of 'drop' to the drops :)

    If you do look at Deda then watch out as they measure bar width outside to outside, not centre to centre like most other brands.

  • If you can live with the shinyness, most steel bars are 36-38 cm wide and very comfortable once you get em taped up. Get them in your local bike charity/station for a fiver!

  • Ive got a set of up turned 36cm bars on my TT bike, they are awesome to ride.

  • 38 is not particularly narrow, plenty available in that size. Most older bikes come with 38 as standard. If you do not mind something old, headover to any place that has a stash of older bike bits. Jumble, bike co-op workshop etc... You will definitely find some.

    True. Sakae road champions are about 39 centre-to-centre at the ends and narrower at the hoods, and they're everywhere.

  • 8pilgrim8 and Phil_the_power_taylor on ebay.

    They regularly have Nittos as narrow as 36cm for under £20, postage will add a little but not too much. You can make it back if you buy a few pairs or chuck some chainrings etc in your order and sell on.

  • http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deda-rhm01-black­-road-handlebar/

    I was going to pick up a set of 40cm deda bars like above - any thoughts? I like the shallow drops and they are coming in under £20

  • http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deda-rhm01-black­-road-handlebar/

    I was going to pick up a set of 40cm deda bars like above - any thoughts? I like the shallow drops and they are coming in under £20

    My thoughts are, they're not narrow, just standard road bars. But for £20 and if you like shallow drops, press the button.

  • They have 38cm and they are measured outside to outside when most seem to be c-2-c so I was taking off 2cm

  • They have 38cm and they are measured outside to outside when most seem to be c-2-c so I was taking off 2cm

    Even at 38cm, still mot really narrow bars. PRESS THE BUTTON.

  • bit over budget, but these are on sale if anyone is looking for super narrow http://www.dolan-bikes.com/bike-componen­ts/bike-handlebars/alpina-carbon-sprint-­bars.html

  • kalloy make 38cm bars with 26mm clamp, (black/white/silver) sold under System Ex brandname and possibly BLB. they are aluminum with deep drop and long reach(traditional sprint dimensions) they are 25euro at my LBS but thats in Dublin
    try bikemailorder.de

  • I use Soma 456, steel 38cm, less than half the price of new Nitto bars

  • I've got a pair of NItto 38cm, and 36. I actually prefer the 38's cos I'm not that skinny up top ;)

  • Nitto are pretty cheap online and well worth that little bit extra.

  • 33s take some getting used to, especially when out of the saddle and standing starts but they are great. No matter how wide your shoulders are :)

  • 33s take some getting used to, especially when out of the saddle and standing starts but they are great. No matter how wide your shoulders are :)

    Sounds like the sort of this I could do with being 5' 5" who makes them ?

  • I'm 6'5" and they work well for me!

    The make is Alpina by Dolan.

    http://www.brookscycles.co.uk/velodrome-­shop/handlebars-and-handlebar-stems/alpi­na-caron-track-bars.html

    Mad dorra for bars though

  • If it helps, they are £5 less from Dolan, and they are about half the price of 3T Scatto

  • I like the Nittos, they are proper track bar depth and you can get a good rattle at them when out the saddle or standing starts.

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