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Why such wide riser bars?

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I've seen a lot of fixies with wide riser bars these days in the city and I'm curious as to what the reason is behind this. It seems a bit strange since it's more difficult to maneuver around cars and tight spots. Is there a reason behind the large wingspan?
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February 27, 2016 03:45 PM
Fads come and go. Next year it will be something else.
   
February 27, 2016 04:07 PM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
982 posts
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personally i come from a bmx and mtb background and risers tend to be more natural feeling to me, as well as living in a rather hilly area. they make it feel a bit easier to huff up dem hillz.
   
February 27, 2016 10:30 PM
metatronic1123
From: Denver, Colorado
203 posts
29 bikes
They're actually great for climbing and general handling ability, but they will fade out soon. 2016 is the year of the townie/mustache bar.
   
February 27, 2016 10:44 PM
Jehu
From: Salem, Oregon
502 posts
11 bikes
Townie bars on track bikes have always been cool.
   
February 27, 2016 10:53 PM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
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February 27, 2016 10:58 PM
Classic Risers are better.
   
February 28, 2016 12:03 AM
tricksonafixed
From: Minnesota
317 posts
5 bikes
Flipped pursuits are really the best option though.
   
February 28, 2016 12:28 AM
Jehu
From: Salem, Oregon
502 posts
11 bikes
If "best" translates to awkward then yes. Might as well go with bum bars then.
   
February 28, 2016 01:29 AM
I agree, it's all just a fad like Godzilla up there said.
   
February 28, 2016 02:20 AM
yourframeandfocus
From: Los Angeles, California
113 posts
7 bikes
Yeah they're awkward but also super fun and pretty comfortable.
   
February 28, 2016 02:47 AM
Jehu
From: Salem, Oregon
502 posts
11 bikes
a wide riser is nice for climbing hills. Single speed mountain bikers have used wide bars for leverage way before the fixie fools inherited it. Like most things though - fixed gear riders think they're always on the cutting edge of style and innovation. Its is a nice way to ride a fixed gear though.
   
February 28, 2016 04:24 AM
Zeb_pepperoni
From: San Diego, CA
780 posts
9 bikes
also, maybe these are the smart fixed gear riders who have realized that being comfortable on their bikes and the ability to get up hills is more favorable to being able to squeeze through cars. ultra-narrow risers were always lame.
   
February 28, 2016 04:27 AM
Zeb_pepperoni
From: San Diego, CA
780 posts
9 bikes
I saw them on some Euro sites last year and they do look nice. I see the benefits but not in a major city and cutting long grips short can make them look mad blocky.
   
February 28, 2016 05:27 AM
Wide risers are great for off-road, climbing and good control. Cut risers are great for flying through downtown traffic and still being able to see. Townie bars are great for commuting. Drop bars are great if it's windy and for having multiple hand positions. Bull horns are great for sprinting/climbing. Buy more stems, buy/visit more bars.

diversify your stock's and bonds.
   
February 28, 2016 09:05 AM
pwebb88
From: Bizzzerkeley, CA
469 posts
14 bikes
never understood the skinny riser thing
   
February 28, 2016 03:34 PM
moose
From: southern california
457 posts
6 bikes
nor did I, moose.

also, weren't they called "suicide bars" ?
   
February 28, 2016 06:36 PM
yourframeandfocus
From: Los Angeles, California
113 posts
7 bikes
Skinny risers?
   
February 29, 2016 02:33 AM
tricksonafixed
From: Minnesota
317 posts
5 bikes
theres a big difference between cut risers ~30cm's and suicide bars ~10 cm's
   
February 29, 2016 05:40 AM
pwebb88
From: Bizzzerkeley, CA
469 posts
14 bikes
For example, Cinelli peppers have always looked like little chodes. Never a fan of those.

The wide bars are great for leverage and comfort. I dont mind having to stop if I cant find a line in the city for comfort.
   
February 29, 2016 09:11 PM
G0NERASM
From: DM[V]
47 posts
9 bikes
I run 740mm bars on my nature boy. fuck with me.
   
March 2, 2016 03:45 AM
bikenejad
From: San Diego
87 posts
13 bikes
I just recently switched to easton ec70 wide bars from my fsa metropolis bar.

I'm still comfortable with the ec70 bars, but a bit more aggressive that the metropolis bar, so it's a win/win situation for me
   
March 2, 2016 04:46 AM
Riser bars can be fun, but I can see them mostly used for comfort and for those who are couriers and use large front racks. Definitely considered doing that for a while now.

Also, things could get worse.
I mean, there were people who had flat wooden handlebars.
   
March 8, 2016 05:14 PM
Rushing
From: Las Vegas, NV
372 posts
3 bikes
When you go so far in one direction, sometimes the only option is to go back the other way.
   
March 16, 2016 02:31 AM
LEVE RAGE
   
March 16, 2016 03:24 AM
ayyyyy
From: LA, CA
42 posts
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