Monday, 19 January 2009

North Road the Wrong Road...

... well at least for the Dahon. 

Bars arrived this morning and looked good out of the box, but on the bike, they just didn't work. Either run as flipped (drop) or riser, they just looked odd - at 610mm they are pretty wide giving the bike that monkey-bike look - not good! Also, they badly affected the fold - adding about 4 inches of width to the folded package. Again, not good. 

Had a 'mare of a time getting the shifter off, eventually had to drill right through the bolt (an also unintentionally through the old handlebar) to get the old one off, as it had been totally overtightened. This meant new shifter time. Now running a set of Kore Lite flat MTB bars with bar ends. New shifter is the same model (SRAM MRX 7 speed) but was unable to get the model for reverse action derailleurs, so the numbers are reversed - no big deal as I always look at the cassette to check what gear I'm in anyway. 

Haven't given up on the North Road idea though. I may try them on the country bike - they'll be super comfy, that's for sure, and they'll look more at home on a full size rig. It'll need new brake levers, shifters and grips to make it happen, so it'll have to wait...

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