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Offline EW

Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:34:18 am »
I have a hybrid flat bar bike that I have had for a few years. I would like to make some conversions so I can do so me light touring. I would like to change the flat handlebar. I have been looking at trekking bars and the Jones H bar and have read a lot about both. I would appreciate some input on the pros and cos of these two choices.

Offline Datsdad

Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2017, 02:26:28 pm »
I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker. Previously I had the manufacturer's drop bars with end shifters on the bike. This past summer I switched to the Jones H bar. I've been extremely pleased with the conversion. Since I primarily use this bike for self-contained rides very seldom was I going to the drops.

With the Jones H bar:
1. I have more hand positions.
2. I'm in a more upright riding position which I'm enjoying since I'll never set any speed records.
3. In the more upright position I feel as if I'm getting more oxygen in my lungs.
4. I like the positioning of the shifters and brakes - easy to use.
5. The negative has been I was using an Ortlieb Ultra 6 Handlebar Bag which I haven't figured out how to properly attached yet.

I did a 10 day self-contained ride around Hawaii's Big Island this past fall with the new handlebars and won't go back.

Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by trekking bars.

Offline bikemig

Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2017, 07:50:16 pm »
A trekking bar is a heck of a lot cheaper than a Jones H bar. Trekking bars are popular in Europe. I've used one and I like it. I can't compare it to the Jones H bar though; those things are too pricey for me to just try them out.

Offline EW

Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2017, 08:04:02 pm »
Yes, that is one of the things I am considering. The much lower price of the trekking bars are attractive. I know many folks like them.

Offline driftlessregion

Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 11:01:16 am »
Here is just one example of a trekking bar
Google trekking handlebar and you'll find numerous photos of trekking bars and the variety  of ways to set them up.


Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2017, 12:55:11 pm »
I am a fan of trekking (butterfly) bars.  I get wrist pain when my hands are in one position for many hours.  With the trekking bars, I can always find a comfortable position.   I have never tried the Jones bars, but they look like they would also be a good solution.

One thing to consider is the bar diameter:
- Jones bars are 31.8mm at the stem, while most trekking bars are 25.4mm, so you may need a new stem.
- Both I think are 22.2mm where you attach Grips, Shifters and Brakes,  so most mountain bike components should work.
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Offline Galloper

Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2017, 02:04:20 pm »
I have used trekking bars on a Surly lht for several years and they work very well, they're comfortable and offer a variety of hand positions.   You can also vary the angle which allows you to choose either a more upright or more angled riding position.

I also use Jones loop bars which are, of course, similar to the H bars.   I also find these comfortable and again, they offer a variety of hand positions.   It's a difficult choice but I think for touring use, the trekking bars are better.   For rougher roads and trails, I prefer the Jones.

So, road touring - Trekking.   Bike packing and rough roads - Jones.

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Re: Trekking bars vs Jones H bar
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2017, 01:29:25 am »
I actually like the idea of the Jones Bar.
But, as usual they are simply too wide for me. Yes, you cut the ends blah blah. And not only are they still too wide, I've also increased the reach. If he ever decises to actually design a narrower pair, I'll jump on them. I switched to a trekking bar for touring in Australia.
I'm not convinced yet of their efficacy for me yet, they feel ackward.
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