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Handlebars Explained


What HANDLEBARS are available for a Bike Friday?

Bike Friday has a variety of handlebar choices which can generally be fitted to all models according to taste. Certain shifters, however, will only work with certain types. See component compatibility charts. Most models come with bars split in the center for easy packing into the TravelCase. Most bars can be cut down to suit different shoulder widths.

Drop Bars on Red bike

Drop bars For road riding and touring. Gives the most hand positions. Many standard widths. Drop bars accept bar-end shifters (or "barcons"), or STI or Campagnolo Ergo lever shifters.
Flat Bars

Flat bars For mountain bike and recreational riding. Some models come with flat bars un-split for lightness and simplicity. Flat bars accept twist shifters like SRAM Grip Shift or thumb shifters like Shimano RapidFire click shifters.

H Bars

"H" Bars Bike Friday's unique design for touring and recreational riding. Gives 2 hand positions. Many widths. A very popular choice, particular for the touring models. "H"-style bars accept twist (Grip Shift) or thumb (RapidFire) shifters.

STI Bars

STI Touring Bars Another Bike Friday invention, designed to take all kinds of shifters. A combination of the "H"-style bars and bullhorn bars. Specially designed for Shimano STI lever shifters.

Bullhorn bars Also known as bullhorn stoker bars, this bar is rather like a drop bar with the drops cut off and the bar turned upside down. It is a popular choice for the stoker (rear rider) on our tandems.

Child stoker bars A special, recreational handlebar with additional extensions for small children. A popular option on tandems.

Each of these bars works with different stems.