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BBB Multibar Trekking Bar BHB-30

Weight 497 gm
Length 57 cm
Construction AL 6061 aluminium
Diameter at stem 25.4 mm
Diameter 22.2 mm
Colour is either black or polished silver
www.bbbparts.com

Trekking bars, also known as Touring bars and Butterfly bars.

A handlebar for the distance touring cyclist? What type of sorcery is this? The thought that you can use a multitude of different hand positions without wasting valuable space on your handlebars.

These handlebars are light and rugged, and are quick and very easy to fit.  They alter the look and the feel of your steed completely, but you’ll get used to it.  The bars can be wrapped in bar tape or a padded foam sleeve fitted or in my case I have put on the old grips with bar-tape to follow in the near future.

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To be honest my first ride with these bars took a bit of getting used to, it feels to me unnatural to use the upper hand hold that has no brake lever handy and the same again for the side positions.  The handling of the bike changes depending on where your hands are positioned and at the moment the bars feel skinny, but as I stated earlier I haven’t fitted any bar tape yet as I’m sure I will be making minor adjustments and alterations to bars and levers, maybe even the grips.

Jana Phillips shows us how to wrap them:

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My old bars that are being replaced were wider (by about 15mm either side) than these bars, so it seems OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAstrange to have my hands closer to each other when riding.  On the flat level roads, the normal section of the handle bar is comfortable and easy, although those riders who are wider across the top may find it to be a bit narrow, but the sides and top section are continuous and easily available without taking your hands off the steering, although the bars feel a bit skinny and cold without bar tape on them.  For chugging up hills, out of the seat pedalling, I find that the side positions are my position of choice as these effectively are the bar ends and are comfortable to use, and they keep you in command of where you are going.

I have had no dramas with mounting space for my GPS, light and reflector although at the moment, my levers (Shimano EF51 – combined brake and gear) and associated cables are a little bunched up, but the brakes and gears still work.  I plan to fix this problem with a taller stem adapter and new longer stem so that I can update my old quill stem which was the only part stem adapterfrom my original BBB stembike that I have left.  So I’m going from a threaded style to a thread-less look-alike setup.  On another note I also lost use of my bar end mirrors.

 

I currently do not have a handle bar bag, so I hope I haven’t shot myself in the foot by changing to these bars, but a bit more research and hopefully I will find a compatible and decent bag.

Final thoughts.

Trekking bars are an option to consider if you’re the tourer type who likes their gadgets and/or gets sore hands and wrists from using the one hand position.  These bars are easy to fit and offer a variety of hand positions, but they take a bit of adjusting and getting used to, but time and distance will fix that hurdle.

For an excellent article on handlebars go visit bicycle-touring-guide.com