Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
30th July, 2010

New handlebars. Again.

Got my new handlebars yesterday. FSA Wing Pro Compact. Aluminium, I have no need for carbon. This is what the FSA site has to say about them:

Double butted and tapered AL7050
34mm Ergo flat top
120mm wide center round section makes it easy to mount accessories
Ø31.8mm x W380, 400, 420, 440mm(c-c)
125mm drop, 80mm reach
2° outward bend
Shot-peened black anodized
Polished Center section
Color graphics
271 grams (400mm)

Mine are 420mm, the width of my shoulders. I’m hoping that’s the right width. It normally is, handlebar width should equal shoulder width, but the 2° outward bend means that the drops are bent outwards by 2°, thus making the bars a bit wider in the drops than on the hoods. The width is measured c-c in the drops, so the bars are a bit narrower than my shoulder width on the hoods. Have no idea if that will matter at all.
I really like the flat top, that was one of the reasons I decided to change bars. Will make it a bit more comfortable going uphill and on those boring slow rides through the city. Just installed them this morning, and will try to take them for the first test ride tomorrow morning, probably to Xiaogetou.

Left to right: the Procraft standard ergonomic handle bars that came with the bike, then the Deda Newton Shallow that I thought was what I wanted, and then the as of yet untested FSA Wing Pro Compact. Smaller and smaller. Now I think the FSA bars are what I always wanted. Let’s see what I think after the first ride.

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