Handlebars More Thoughts
When it comes to handlebars for bicycles, there are almost as many options as there are any other bicycle components. There are many different sizes, different ways to measure the handlebars, different colors, materials, technologies, shapes and bends. Handlebars for bicycles do not come in a one size fits all flavor, and for a good reason. A good handlebar should be measured according to your shoulder width, from the pointed part of the front of your shoulders. To get the correct measurement for bars that are measured center-to-center, add 2 centimeters. For outside-to-outside handlebars, add 4 centimeters.
Getting the measurement just right for your handlebars is important because if you have the wrong measurement and get the wrong bar, you will be very uncomfortable while riding. You will probably experience neck and shoulder pain and possibly even back pain unless you get the shoulder measurement correct. The best way to do this is to have someone else measure for you. The handlebars for bicycles
are so important because they give you a control center (it is where your bicycle computer, brake levers and shifter mount to, after all) and provide direction and steering for your ride.
Another important element that goes into choosing handlebars for bicycles is the sort of bend you want the bar to have. It can be ergonomic or anatomic, which means that is can be a traditional curve. Or, the drop can have an aerodynamic curve to it, which means is usually has the bend points in the drops that create a flat section for your hand.
The next and probably most important element that goes into finding the perfect handlebar for your intended use is the material you want it to be constructed out of. Most weight weenies and racers prefer carbon because it is a very lightweight and durable material. With certain technologies and especially when combined with other components, the carbon fiber can absorb road vibrations very well. Other riders who are less concerned with weight and more concerned about the cost prefer aluminum. It weighs more than carbon fiber, but it also is less expensive. All you really need to do is find the perfect medium between weight and price and you will find your perfect handlebar.
If you are picking about brands, rest assured the most handlebars are designed to fit a stem of the same name. For example, the Easton EC90 handlebars (there are two of them) are designed to fit with the Easton EC90 SL Carbon Stem. This does not, however, mean that you need to match brands or even match materials. You could have a 3T carbon handlebar and decide you want a Deda aluminum stem. Any way you decide you can do it, so long as the measurements of each specific part align as to not cause breakage or damage to any component.
Also note that the colors of the bars do not really matter. You will want to wrap the handlebars for bicycles with handlebar tape to get your cables for your shifters and brakes out of the way.