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Offline hikerjer

Jones handlebars
« on: February 15, 2019, 12:04:31 am »
I've always toured with traditional drop handlebars. Lately I've been reading a lot about Jones handlebars and am somewhat interested in them since so many people rave about them. I'm planning a cross-country tour for this coming summer and am considering switching to Jones. Any insights you'd like to share?

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Jones handlebars
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 10:32:19 am »
I have toured with a wide variety of bars (but not Jones, yet) but always come back to the traditional drop bars, even on my off-road touring bikes.  I would say if the traditional bars have worked for you and you have no issues (wrists, hands, etc.), then keep them.  If you are having issues, then yes consider other bars

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Offline jrswenberger

Re: Jones handlebars
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 08:13:43 pm »
I've toured extensively on drop bars. After a year long tour, I recently swapped in a Jones H-Bar to try out. It's been a bit over two years and I absolutely love riding with these bars on my LHT. I really didn't use the drops on drop bars and the H-Bar replicates all the hand positions I need and more. On road tours are comfortable, off road I have even better control.

However, I REALLY miss having a good sized handlebar bag sitting in front of me, ready with nearly everything I might need while pedaling. I REALLY miss it. Since my LHT has cantilever brakes, the front brake cabling greatly restricts my options. So does the market since most of the under bar bags and attachment systems are designed with disc brake cable routing.

While using the wonderful, but comparatively tiny handlebar bag from Randi Jo Fabrications during a recent 3 week tour in New Zealand, I decided to return to drop bars and the limitations of the Ortlieb mount. I'll still tour on and off road, as I've done for nearly 40 years, but for general, all-around riding, I'll miss the H-bar a good deal.

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Offline Tandem Tom

Re: Jones handlebars
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 08:31:58 pm »
Another bar to consider is the Velo Orange Crazy Bars. I put these in on my LHT a few years ago before we rode across Canada. I really like them plus I can us my Ortlieb handle bar bag.

Offline wildtoad

Re: Jones handlebars
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2019, 04:35:26 pm »
Several years ago I picked up one of the Titec Jones bars...back when Titec was still around and had some sort of licensing arrangement with Jeff Jones. The Titec versions were more affordable than the "real" Jones bars of the time. My version is the "H" was of the Jones design, with a rise and a "cut" (not like the loop bars). The Titecs were optimized for single speed setups as they did not have tons of room for shifters, but I took a gamble for touring as I planned to use the venerable Shimano XT thumbshifters for an 8sp setup.  The thumbshifters fit on the bars no problem with plenty of room for grips/hands, etc. Another nice plus was that the size of the "cut" on the bars fit my medium sized Topeak handlebar bag it was custom made for the bag.  Just perfect.

In touring use, the Jones Titec bars were pretty good but not great. Biggest issue was some occasional numbness in my left hand. I tried different stem lengths and heights to address. Only thing that really helped was adding some Ergon grips to the outboard area of the Jones Titec bars. Also I wasn't thrilled with either of the "inboard" position of the Jones bar on the touring bike...the angled "flats" really weren't that comfortable and the aero position seemed too narrow to have confident control of a loaded touring bike.  When it came time to retire that touring bike, I moved back to drop bars on the new touring bike...although I am using a wider variant of drop bars suitable for dirt roads that perform great for road and dirt touring.

As to the Titec Jones bar, I eventually moved it over to my MTB and it works great in that application. My MTB is a 90s era high end steel hardtail with suspension fork...definitely not the Jones paradigm for off road riding. But the handlebar is fantastic on that bike...great control in all situations, uphill, downhill, etc. No hand numbness. And the aero position works great on the MTB...super stable. Was a really nice option when riding the MTB on the Montana section of the Great Divide route...nice to have the aero position on the smoother sections of dirt/gravel roads when the winds kicked up.

So I think a Jones bar can be fantastic but a lot depends on proper setup and the geometry of your bike, etc. Nowadays Jeff Jones offers many versions of his bars, and he's made many refinements and changes over the years (e.g., longer grip area, more room for shifters, etc.)  They are definitely worth a shot.

Offline brianmcgloin

Re: Jones handlebars
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 12:25:52 am »
I have 660 mm Jones H-Bars on a (single speed) Surly Troll. I generally go with narrower bars, but they are surprisingly nice.

I use either a Revelate Harness with a (red!) Periphery Pocket or a custom Ellum Bagworks Ursa Major seat bag, (is it still a seat bag when mounted on handlebars?). Both arrangements are supported by a Nitto M18 rack. The rack gives me a place to mount my blinding, unburn-inducing, dyno-powered light, which is irrelevant in this thread.

Having the hand positions is pretty sweet, and the lack of drops keeps the area open for bags or gear or something.
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Offline Galloper

Re: Jones handlebars
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2019, 01:45:14 pm »
I bought a Surly Ogre a few years ago which came with Jones loop bars as standard.   From the very first ride, I've loved them and now have them fitted on both tourer and MTBs.   Comfort and control are excellent.   I bought a pair for my son as a Christmas present and he now swears by them as well.   He's wrapped bar tape around the inner and outer loops for more comfort.   

I find that placing my hands on the forward loop gives a surprisingly aero position, useful when riding into a headwind and, of course, you have a lot of additional space for bar mounted kit.

If you want to make use of the bars for carrying capacity, have a look at the link, Beerbabe will make a bag to order and you can specify the depth.