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    Singleator and Randonnear bars

    I am working on a winter project SS and am looking at the last few parts I need.

    Singleator, i have to use one, is Surly the best and why?

    Randonnear bars, what are the advantages, what are their positive points, looking at the Nitto bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Gunman
    I am working on a winter project SS and am looking at the last few parts I need.

    Singleator, i have to use one, is Surly the best and why?

    Randonnear bars, what are the advantages, what are their positive points, looking at the Nitto bars.
    I use a Surly on my Bike Friday. As for being the best, I really can't say. I found that mine works better by having the singleator pushing down on the chain like a derailleur.. I've seen them set up bothways, pushing up or pushing down.
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    I went cross country on GB rondonneur (sp?) bars and loved them. Wish I had them back but they were taken from me by a Firebird! The advantage is the variety of hand positions. I think rondowhatever means tourist in french.Very comfortable. Never used a singleator. I like horizontal dropouts when I can find 'em.

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    Just to elaborate slightly on metalhead's post: randonneur bars slope slightly up from the center. When you move your hands from near the stem towards the outside of the bar, you will sit up just a bitónot by much, but just enough to give some tired muscles a rest.

    The other nice feature is the slightly splayed-out drops. Your forearms never bump the bar when you ride in the drops, even on cobblestones.

    All in all, very comfortable as metalhead said.

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    Those bars sound like the ticket for a few

    of my rides. Old bikes set up as commute/tour bikes, fenders/racks/Brooks saddles etc. The SS will be for long distance rides as well, I think i will grab a set and try them and if I like them, 2 more please!

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    the surly tensioner works but I'd probably go with a rennen rollenlager if I were in need of a tensioner. my complaint with the surly is that the tension spring can be a bit of a pain. the rennen skips the spring altogether. the rennen, and the soulcraft convert for that matter, use a roller in place of a jockey wheel too. that said, I haven't actually used a rollenlager and when I was using a surly it worked fine once I got it dialed in.

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    I have an old set of nitto chromed steel randonneurs on my fixed, I love them..had them since the early 80's, in the spring I intend to replace them with a new set of light weight randonneurs!
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