Butterfly handlebars are often thought to be the most comfortable for bicycle touring. After 15 years of cycle touring all over the world, I have my own opinions. Below, I compare the various types of bicycle touring handlebars available, and go over the pros and cons of each one.
Handlebars For Bicycle Touring
How well do butterfly handlebars stack up against other types for bicycle touring? After having used all the major types, I now have a favourite which I have put in my conclusion at the end. For now though, I will describe the different types of handlebars, and how they all have their uses.
It promotes a more upright riding position, which means that you can actually see some of the countryside that you are riding through!
A straight handlebar does not offer much variety when it comes to hand positions. This can be a bit irritating when cycling hour after hour on those long roads.
Which Type of Handlebars are Best for Bicycle Touring – Conclusion
I have actually spent more time on long distance bicycle tours using drop style handlebars than butterfly handlebars or any other. This wasn't through any sort of decision making process though. It just happened to be what handlebars were on the bikes I bought at the time! After a lot of thought and testing, I have chosen straight bars with bar ends for my next trip. I believe that overall this will offer the most comfort for me personally in both hand and riding position. Note – I also used straight handlebars on my recent Greece to England bicycle tour.
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