The ideal handlebar for your bike
Today we will talk about the handlebar, an important element when choosing your bike, because it has relevance on comfort, maneuverability and efficiency when we practice this sport.
The market offers us a wide variety of options, but for you to select the right one, we will give you some recommendations in search of your greater comfort.
If you are going to roll on your bike for long hours, the best choice would be a professionally designed handlebar, since this way you will gain more aerodynamics, unlike the straight MTB handlebars, in which priority is given to cushioning the pressure on the arms. You will also find handlebars that allow more upright positions, gaining in comfort, but losing in aerodynamics and maneuverability. It is important to consider the period of time you are going to ride on the bike when choosing a handlebar, since it is necessary to rotate the position of the hands, otherwise you will suffer numbness in your wrists and fingers.
The level of maneuverability you need is also a determining factor. Those that allow you more control are the straight ones, characteristic of the MTB, functional to overcome obstacles in rugged terrain. Generally, the high or deep handlebars due to their dimensions, make maneuverability more difficult. On the other hand, to ride in the city, on short routes of little technical and physical demand, there are specially designed handlebars that allow you a more upright position so you can pedal with comfort.
Now we will explain some types of handlebars, defining their characteristics and benefits:
Straight and double height
It is the most common type of handlebar in fixies and MTBs. They are totally straight, sometimes they have a small upward ripple. They offer more control, maneuverability and comfort, less aerodynamics, allowing a single position of the hands, using these, the cyclist adopts a slightly lean posture towards the front.
Dropbars / Route / Racing
It is the handlebar commonly used in race or road bikes and we usually see it on television in big races like the Tour de France. It has a straight position towards the sides, at the ends, a bend begins towards the front that little by little goes turning until it ends pointing backwards. It allows two basic positions of hands, one in the horns, where the body lowers, decreasing wind resistance and increasing performance; and the other on the straight handlebar, where the body rises and the load on the back is reduced. This type of handlebar also reduces the maneuverability and due to its geometry and shape, it makes difficult to take sharp turns.
Riser bar / BMX
It is used almost exclusively on BMX bicycles. It is used to gain greater capacity for maneuverability, in the jumps and tricks, on a small, uncomfortable bicycle, to ride for a short time. This handlebar rises the distance between fists, which will be placed in a single position, with the aim of not interfering with the movement of the legs and body of the cyclist.
Tourism/ Porteur/ Cruiser/ Mustache
These types of handlebars are those that seek to maintain an upward position of the body, making the back straight and the body to be more comfortable. The design consists of a curve towards the back, in some cases in wide and fully curved handlebars, and in others in straight handlebars with a small curve. These only allow a single position, they reduce aerodynamics and maneuverability, but they give you a greater sense of comfort.
This handlebar goes straight and at its ends it makes a 90-degree bend towards the front of the bicycle. In some cases, at the ends, a slight upward curve is added. Its design is oriented mainly for speed, since the trunk of the cyclist leans as far forward as possible, reducing wind resistance; It also allows different positions of hands, where the cyclist can place his back straighter or more inclined according the need and offers good maneuverability.
Now that you know the characteristics and types of handlebars, and you have chosen the most suitable for your needs, we invite you to ride.