Bamboo You – Bike Snob NYC

As I discussed yesterday, I just lately acquired a pair of bamboo handlebars (why can 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 rising my use of flat pedals, I figured I’d add just a little pumpkin spice consolation within the type of some Crankbrothers Stamp 1 pedals:

And a few ESI Additional Chunky grips:

I additionally rotated in my previous Brooks Cambium by the use of tying the proverbial room collectively, and once I put every thing on yesterday right here was the consequence:

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

Now, I ought to be aware that Passchier’s bars, whereas duly strength-tested, usually are not rated for full-on, big-hit, big-air mountain biking. Thankfully, I don’t actually have interaction in full-on, big-hit, big-air mountain biking–I’m extra of a scurrying-around-in-the-woods sort, and I’m definitely not getting any extra rowdy as I age. Nonetheless, simply in case, I requested Passchier in the event that they’d be secure for an previous man driving a one-speed bicycle on singletrack, they usually stated sure. I think on sure rides I could be flirting with the restrict of what they advocate for these bars each from time to time, however for probably the most half I don’t assume I’m tempting destiny too wantonly. Additionally, I did experience down two (2) units of stone stairs, and right here I’m typing this, so there you go.

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

And flex they do–you may actually see it! (Sure, you may 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 virtually unctuously clean high quality to the experience, 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 appreciate that relating to 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 virtually not price 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 large on the time, although now they’re virtually narrower than some drop bars. Thankfully if I ever want just a little further width there’s all the time loads of bamboo mendacity round:

The truth is 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 person is promoting a bamboo kickstand but?

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

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

Who wants suspension while you’ve obtained bamboo bars and a rubber saddle?

As for the pedals, I obtained the Stamp 1s as a result of I really like the Stamp 2s I placed on the Jones however I additionally love saving cash, and whereas they really feel simply nearly as good beneath my ft 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 type of driving that will put their traction to the check, so time will inform if it’s enough. 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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