A while back, I found a pair of dirt-cheap handlebars and decided to give them a try on my bike. My current shifters and brake levers fit, but the cables are too short and just barely work. However, I was able to go for a ride and the new bars felt really good! The swept-back style is kind of retro-looking and fun, and puts the wrists in a comfortable position. I can see using these handlebars with friction shifters on a more classic bicycle that has more chrome. It would match nicely!
Because this type of handlebar is so easy to swap out, I’ve ordered another similar model, which is also swept back, but the curve is a little different, and I’m hoping the levers be positioned closer-in so that the cables will have more slack. If not, I can just replace the cables with longer ones, which seems like an easy DIY project. It’s also black, which will match my bicycle.
I still love my butterfly bars, but I want to switch it up a bit. Plus, the more conventional bars will allow me to use a handlebar bag more easily. At least I hope! At any rate, swapping out the bars only takes about 15 minutes, so it’s not like it’s a huge endeavor. And it’s fun!
By the way, here’s my latest cycling video that I took during my lunchbreak: