'bar width sizes

by joeegg   September 14, 2012  

I feel a little cramped by my handlebar width but looking at 'bars on the internet i'm unsure of my bar width.
Measuring at the widest part my bars measure 42 but i'm not sure how bars are measured that are sold on the internet.To the outer edges or centre of the tube ?
Will going to a 44 feel that much different or up to the few 46's that are available ?

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They are measured from centre of tube to centre of tube.

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posted by dodgy [128 posts]
14th September 2012 - 18:22


some manufacturers measure their bars centre-to-centre, some outside edge to outside edge, which is pointlessly confusing, but it will usually say

probably best just to go the next width up if you feel cramped rather than go as big as possible

posted by VecchioJo [765 posts]
14th September 2012 - 19:05


42 outside edge to outside edge will be a 40cm in *most* bars, which is relatively narrow. Like Jo says, some manufacturers measure the way you have so check when you're buying. Many bike fitters will advise you that the width between the bony bumps on the tops of your shoulders (the name of which i forget) is the centre-to-centre bar width you should choose, although for me that's 42cm and I prefer a 44.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7469 posts]
14th September 2012 - 21:20


40's eh? Thinking What bars are they?

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posted by Municipal Waste [191 posts]
14th September 2012 - 21:22


To measure your current bar either go from outside edge on one side to inside edge on the other (this is same as c-to-c) or both outside edges for overall width.

If you like the ergonomics then get hold of a wider version of the same model. Or go to a shop and say "Can you get me a wider one of these?" Shouldn't be too difficult.

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posted by Simon E [2030 posts]
14th September 2012 - 22:49


My boney bump to boney bump size is 44,so the original bars look a bit narrow.The bars are FSA,not sure which model,with the normal curve.I've been looking at the shaped ergo bars,namely the Easton ones.


posted by joeegg [37 posts]
15th September 2012 - 7:29



posted by Nick T [838 posts]
15th September 2012 - 9:48