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Surly’s New Cheater Bar

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Surly’s New Cheater Bar

Surly makes reliable, solid, affordable components and bicycles. Something we can all appreciate. Their newest dive bar is a spin on one of their first sweep bars. The Cheater Bar is a 11º sweep, 31.8 clamp, 4130 bar that’s 780mm wide, 427g and will cost ya $80 bones at your local bike shop. Not bad! Check out more babel at Surly.

Cadence and Ritchey C220 Keta Stem and EvoCurve Bar

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Cadence and Ritchey C220 Keta Stem and EvoCurve Bar

Over the years Cadence has worked on some really great collaborations with Ritchey and this latest drop might be their best yet. Available now is a gloss white with black geometric overlay cockpit. The C220 Keta stem features a chevrons down the side with a “Keep Going” reminder on the top, while the EvoCurve bar repeats the pattern at the clamp. Both are in stock now at Cadence.

Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars

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Soma’s New Gaping Gator Dirt Drop Handlebars

Never underestimate the benefits of a wide, flared-out dirt drop. Especially for off-road riding. While 655mm might sound like a MTB bar width, all that leverage in a shallow drop can add just the right amount of control to your MTB, cross or all-road bike.

Soma’s new Gator Bar looks like a beast! Check out more at the Soma blog and see the specs below.

Sycip’s New JJ Bars and JB Bars are Made by Nitto

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Sycip’s New JJ Bars and JB Bars are Made by Nitto

Nitto has been making handlebars for a very long time. To give you some perspective, back in the ’80s, there were dozens of handlebar manufacturers, then Taiwanese factories shut down all but one: Nitto.

Over the past few years, the Japanese handlebar manufacturer has lent American framebuilders a hand. Sycip cycles, being one of the more recent ones.

Now in stock, at Sycip’s online shop are the heat-treated aluminum JJ Bars and the CroMo steel JB bars. Both come in black or silver and are in stock now at Sycip.

Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015

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Ritchey Brings Back the Bullmoose Bar in Carbon for 2015

This classic shape is often rendered in steel and is not the lightest option for a modern day race machine. For those looking for a classic Ritchey look for the XC bike, look no further. 35 years since it was first introduced to the MTB world, the Bullmoose returns. Just as stylish, but a little lighter…

The Ritchey WCS Bullboose features a 9 degree sweep with a 6 degree angle, weighs in at 280 grams for the 80mm and comes in three sizes: 70x720mm, 80x730mm and 90, 100 & 110x740mm. Retail is set at $299.95.

Mash SF: Black Drop Bars

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Mash SF: Black Drop Bars

Mash and Cinelli continue their collaboration lineup with these ergo, 70mm reach, shallow drop bars, perfect for street track , CX or road bikes. No cable recesses means they’ll look great on a track bike! Pick up a pair at Mash.

New SKYLMT Goods

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New SKYLMT Goods

SKYLMT has a few new products for sale in their shop. Their tees are restocked and the long-awaited Steven Jensen bars. These 4.8″ black bars have a 12º backsweep and a 4º upsweep, coming in at 29″ wide. See more information at SKYLMT.

Too Much Camo?

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Too Much Camo?

No way. Personally, camouflage on your bike, or your person is just like any accent: use it sparingly. Case in point is this Swamp Things custom-painted 3T cockpit from Starfuckers. Granted, I’d like to see something like this on an all-black bike, but the intended ride ain’t bad either.

Review: Budnitz Bicycles Ti Bars and Seatpost

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Review: Budnitz Bicycles Ti Bars and Seatpost

When the team at Budnitz Bicycles emailed me, asking if I wanted to try out one of their single speed, belt-drive bikes, I respectfully declined, prompting them to offer up their titanium bars and seatpost instead. I’ll be honest, I was pretty amped on how my Icarus looked with those Ritchey drops and there was absolutely nothing wrong with my Thomson post but I decided to give them a try anyway. It’s been a few weeks of riding them, so what’s my consensus?

Honestly, the feel of the bars is distinguishable from an aluminum bar’s stiffness but it’s not blatantly obvious. It takes a few rides to feel it. What makes these most appealing is the shape, perfect for a bike like this: not too racy but not upright like many cruiser or porteur bars. The finish is nice and the bend is elegant. I never was a fan of straight, flat bars. As for the post? I can’t really feel any difference. The clamp is a bit cumbersome but once you set it up, makes a lot of sense. And I really like the simplicity of the design.

Overall, a $170 Ti bar and $150 seat post is out of most of our price ranges but when compared to high-end carbon bars and posts, it’s not that bad, especially if you prefer the feel over carbon. Or in my case, the low-lustre finish. The Budnitz Bicycles Ti Bars and Seatpost definitely changed the look and feel of my Icarus. Only time will tell for how long. Check out some photos in the Gallery.

Ritchey Classic Logic Curve Bars Are Amazing

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Ritchey Classic Logic Curve Bars Are Amazing

So you’ll have to excuse the enthusiastic photos and copy here but since I got my new fork on my Icarus ViKing Track, I’ve been looking for a polished silver, non-grooved 31.8, 44cm wide road bar, but to no avail. Track drops on the street aren’t for me. They never come wide enough and I like having multiple hand positions on the bike while riding.

I couldn’t figure out why it was so hard to find that exact bar. Surely someone else wanted it? It wasn’t until a friend showed me the Ritchey Classic Logic Curve that I thought there even existed such a bar. Minimally branded and all of the above, these bars fit the bike perfectly.

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Fyxation: 31.8 Rodeo Pursuit in Stock

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Fyxation: 31.8 Rodeo Pursuit in Stock

“Made out of double butted 6061 aluminum the 31.8 Rodeo Pursuit bar is strong, stiff and light. The Rodeo Pursuit Bullhorn bar with 31.8 clamp provides a wide range of hand positions and a subtle 40mm drop for a comfortable and quick forward position. Whether riding the center for relaxed spinning or forward for sprints, the Rodeo Bullhorn bar is the ideal pursuit bar.”

Options are good, especially at this price!

SF Randomness By Day and Night

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SF Randomness By Day and Night

Roll two from my last trip to SF was kinda all over the place. Terry from Full Frame Collective gave me a roll of expired HP5 and it ended up developing quite nicely. The photos enclosed in this gallery are as you’d expect from a weekend like RideNStyle. A lotta boozin’, late night cruizin’ and sightseeing. Enjoy.

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