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Bamboo You – Bike Snob NYC


As I discussed yesterday, I not too long ago acquired a pair of bamboo handlebars (why will we consider a single bar as a “pair” anyway?) from Passchier:

I knew I’d use these on my artisanal singlespeed mountain bike from Engin:

So I opted for the 650 width, because it was near what I’d already been utilizing.

Moreover, since I’ve been growing my use of flat pedals, I figured I’d add a bit of pumpkin spice consolation within the type of some Crankbrothers Stamp 1 pedals:

And a few ESI Further Chunky grips:

I additionally rotated in my outdated Brooks Cambium by the use of tying the proverbial room collectively, and after I put every little thing on yesterday right here was the outcome:

Aesthetically talking, I discover massive platform pedals impart form of a duck-footed goofiness to most bikes, and the orange isn’t serving to. Nonetheless, I believe the Engin is ready to pull it off.

Now, I ought to notice that Passchier’s bars, whereas duly strength-tested, are usually not rated for full-on, big-hit, big-air mountain biking. Thankfully, I don’t actually interact in full-on, big-hit, big-air mountain biking–I’m extra of a scurrying-around-in-the-woods kind, and I’m definitely not getting any extra rowdy as I age. However, simply in case, I requested Passchier in the event that they’d be secure for an outdated man driving a one-speed bicycle on singletrack, they usually mentioned sure. I think on sure rides I could be flirting with the restrict of what they suggest for these bars each once in a while, however for essentially the most half I don’t suppose I’m tempting destiny too wantonly. Additionally, I did journey down two (2) units of stone stairs, and right here I’m typing this, so there you go.

So apart from seems to be, what’s even the purpose of bamboo bars in any respect, not to mention ones that value $250 and are usually not designed to your Danny MacAskill hijinx? Properly, in keeping with Passchier, it’s this:

And flex they do–you possibly can actually see it! (Sure, you possibly can see it on loads of aluminum bars, too, however that is one thing else.) Granted, the rubbery saddle and silicone-y grips additionally performed a task, however there’s no query they imparted an nearly unctuously easy high quality to the journey, which I fairly loved:

The clamp space is wrapped in crabon:

I don’t know if there’s a torque specification, so I glided by really feel, and since I didn’t hear any crackling sounds I figured I did okay:

They’ve fairly a bit extra sweep then the bars I used to be utilizing, which is sweet:

Although I’ve additionally begun to understand that on the subject of sweep I’m sort of an “all or nothing” man, in that if I’m not getting that full-on super-comfy wheelbarrow angle it’s nearly not value it:

Right here’s how the Passchiers evaluate to what I used to be driving, by the best way:

In case you’re questioning, these are titanium bars with an aluminum shim that Drew Guldalian made together with the body. They had been additionally thought of extensive on the time, although now they’re virtually narrower than some drop bars. Thankfully if I ever want a bit of additional width there’s at all times loads of bamboo mendacity round:

Actually there’s a lot of it you’d be forgiven for pondering it sprouts proper out of the bottom!

And the way is it that no one is promoting a bamboo kickstand but?

Hopefully when Passchier sees this and begins making one they’ll minimize me in.

Anyway, as I’ve written earlier than, over the past 20 years bike designers have overlooked the truth that cockpit flex is usually a superb factor, and bars like these definitely provide a option to get some into your trendy threadless setup, if that’s what you’re after:

Who wants suspension once you’ve bought bamboo bars and a rubber saddle?

As for the pedals, I bought the Stamp 1s as a result of I like the Stamp 2s I placed on the Jones however I additionally love saving cash, and whereas they really feel simply pretty much as good beneath my toes as their metallic siblings they’re not fairly as grippy:

I’m undecided if it’s the physique, or the pins (there are fewer of them), or each. Regardless, I didn’t do the form of driving that may put their traction to the check, so time will inform if it’s ample. However as the bottom started to thaw beneath the afternoon solar…

…one factor that was undoubtedly inadequate was my touchdown stip of a filth prophylactic:

When it’s messy out, don’t costume your bike in thong underwear.

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