Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nitto Was Their Name-o

Swap bar swap

There were some bars
I got at the swap
And Nitto was their name-o
And Nitto was their name-o.

Neither 420, or 460, shall be the size of the bars, but with 440 shall ye find perfection

Currently running a tiring vacation schedule over here:

wake up about 8
read for a couple hours (currently making my way thru The Pale King, wow)
spend time with the family
have lunch
think about working on the bikes
go for a ride in the brilliant sunshine and mid-sixties weather
spend more time with the family
read more
think more about working on the bikes

I finally broke down and actually did a little bit of work on one bike, putting on the Nitto handlebars I picked up at the last GABA swap. 440 is just the right size for me. The B115 model has just the right shape and curve for me. Apparently my hands prefer an old fashioned, classic simple curve, These feel just right to me. The old ones did not. For comparison:

Previous bars on the left, classic bend on the right: Nitto for the win!

OK, I have to cut this short as the unforgiving vacation schedule beckons. I think it's time go read more of The Pale King, then take my family out for dinner. I hope I can keep this up. The weather forecast is more warm sunshine, so if it's a few more days until my next blog post, you can blame this hectic schedule. 

New bars, new bar tape: black and nasty.


  1. The new bars look like cyclocross bars with that shallow drop.

  2. Sounds like you've got the vacation thing figured out.

    Have a great one!

  3. Nothing like reading and riding. Have a wonderful vacation.

  4. if you need some idle distraction during your oh-so-busy vacation:

    (video of the Nitto factory. Bike accessory porn ahoy)

  5. I'm wondering about converting a bike to drops for a tour later this year. I've some experience of riding repaired drop-bar bikes for work but I'm still not sure about going the whole hog. What are the advantages for riding?

  6. Cris thanks for the vid, it's awesome to see such skilled hand work.

    workbike, the advantages for me are a variety of comfortable hand positions--at least four different ones, and I like variety. Also, once you know what you like/need in terms of bar shape/size/geometry, brake lever placement, stem size type and angle, bar installation rotation angle, bar taping, and so on, drops give you a lot of easy to tweak options. It can take trial and error to get there, though, but I also found that a smart local bike shop guy plus sites like and Sheldon Brown gave me great insights into how to set up and ride with drop bars as a regular, non-racing, non-track type of rider. I also have flat bars on my mountain bikes, and butterfly bars on my commuter, so I'm pretty openminded about bars...


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