6061-T6 polished aluminum handlebar that is similar to the Torrington North Road. Compatible with MTB-style levers and grips. Now compatible with bar end shifters. With the generous sweep angle and grip length, it moves your hands about 145mm back vs. a standard straight bar
- 6061-T6 aluminum
- Width: 540mm (measured center to center)
- Rise: 52mm
- Center: 25.4mm
- Backsweep: 73°
- The straight grip area is about 16cm long
- Compatible with bar end shifters and MTB style levers
- Polished silver or polished black
I bought a barely-used Handsome XO that came with mustache bars as an XO-1 copy ought to. They were both fun and comfortable-ish, but when I bought a Long Haul Trucker I realized I needed more handlebar positions, bar-end shifters, and more options. The Oxford bars can be run upright, or - as I have them installed on the Trucker - upside-down. With a softer curve, longer "wings", and a broader flat midsection, I have tons of places to put my hands. I also run mountain brake levers to achieve the proper throw and leverage for my canti brakes. The Oxford bars do everything I need. I realize I may be inordinately picky. I needed a niche product to satisfy all my demands, but shit, the Oxford was made for me it seems like.
Jim, Denver, CO
Pretty bars work best with very long stem
Use these and long mtb stem on an older road bike to offer two good riding positions: hands on grips, and hands on forward bends. Later position mimicks hands on brake lever tops with traditional drop bars. Drop bars are hard to beat for comfort, but these are nice and different looking. A long 135 mm stem helps smooth out sensitive steering and gives good rider fit.
Old School Style, Old School perfect ergonomics
The handlebars on my newly purchased Breezer 8-Speed Commuter/Cruiser bike became ergonomically uncomfortable for me. Remembering my old Raleigh and doing some research, I realized I had this handlebar many years ago and decided to modified my new Uptown-8 Breezer w/ this handlebar type. This handlebar has a more natural grip position ergonomically vs. mountain bike style handlebars. It worked out beautifully -- I got a more upright riding posture, my hand/wrists have a more natural/ergonomic feel and gave my bike an added retro-look.