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    Smile 42 is fine

    Quote Originally Posted by QuattroCreep View Post
    No hearsay or guessing, facts about shoulder widths in males.

    5% is people on the small side
    50% is general Population
    95% is people on the large side
    Chart is for males in the US from 1999

    As you can see from the charts most men should be on 42cm maybe 44cm bars based on shoulder width. Or you can just goes with what feels best to you and be ok with that.



    thanks for the display. i just received my 42cm handlebar yesterday and i had someone place it behind my back and it fir fit a little bit on the outside.... hence, 41 would be enough for my large frame.... i guess 42 is enough for my frame since the width is a little wider than the space between the back of my arm pits... the 44 i raced on for 3 years is great, but maybe a reason why i held back when it got tight in the final bunch sprints...

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    we just didn't know any better back then...

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    Back in the day, everyone rode 40's or even 38's........and liked it.


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    got fitted, started with the standard 42's. dropped down to 40's, then 38's in a matter of minutes. i just love the tight aggressive feeling. I am rather small though, approximately 5'7 137lbs. To me more aggressive is more comfortable because I love feeling fast and I race.

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    I rode 42's for quite some time. One day I decided to try out the 3T Ergonova which has a flare to it. I wanted the same 42 at the drops. Well the hoods are about 39.5 apart.

    I then decided to get a new-fangled Enve aero bar and the widest the hoods are apart on those is 39.5 (size 44).

    And on another bike I have a standard 42 hoods and 42 drops no flare.

    I think I tend to like the hoods close together more. I also think I like the drops far apart more. Meaning I think Enve got it the most right. The angled hoods/shifters doesn't bother me at all and the flare is very practical for me.

    So, welcome to the forum, try not to dig up any more old threads, start some new ones instead, and try some flared bars.

    Try keeping your hoods around 38 or so apart but maybe having the drops further apart with a slight flare. You might like it as a best of both worlds setup. (Meaning a size 40 3T Ergonova)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wim View Post
    $220 for a h a n d l e b a r ? Must be a generation gap thing: here I've been riding around on $30 handlebars thinking I probably could have gotten them even cheaper...
    May be an old post, but I couldn't agree with you more. The cost of cycling stuff is getting steep, which is why I'm riding vintage steel and vintage components (old Dura Ace, Ultegra, 105, and Sprint 9000 on my bikes, with brifters on the first two component groups listed.)

    In my area, folks spend upwards of $10,000 or more on bikes...even if they can't ride. :-) To each his/her own.

    Glad I found this thread...lots of good info on bar width/sizing. I'm a 40 to 42 coat size but am riding 44cm bars on most bikes. 42s on the old '87 Specialized Allez SE and '87 Specialized Sirrus I ride around town for downtempo or rainy rides.) One of these has Cinelli Criterium bars, the other has the old Specialized Model I bars. Like them both and am very happy Cinelli has made the vintage bars and stems available for purchase again.

    Roughest thing is feeling comfortable with 42s AND 44s. Makes spec'ing new bars for refurb project bikes a challenge. :-)
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    My old boss was a fitter for over 20 years. Everything from Specialized BG Fit to Retul to Guru and everything in between. So I had a discussion with him regarding handlebar width. His answer was "What feels most comfortable to you"
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    Quote Originally Posted by frdfandc View Post
    My old boss was a fitter for over 20 years. Everything from Specialized BG Fit to Retul to Guru and everything in between. So I had a discussion with him regarding handlebar width. His answer was "What feels most comfortable to you"
    Pretty much this^ Sounds like he has a pretty good grasp on fitting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Pretty much this^ Sounds like he has a pretty good grasp on fitting.
    I learned quite a bit from him.

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    My stock handlebar that came with my Domane is 44 cm. I'm 6'4 and my stem is 120mm. Those measurements as well as my whole bike fit seem perfect.

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