The problems with “gravel” versions of drop handlebars and some better solutions

There is a major recent trend for gravel bikes to be equipped with non-standard shapes of drop handlebars: flared bars, riser bars, and dual-level bars. I explain why I wouldn’t recommend any of these odd handlebar shapes over using a standard drop handlebar of the preferred width and an appropriate-height stem. I instead give better solutions for how to achieve each of the goals of these oddly-shaped bars while using a standard drop handlebar.

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Roadside Bike Repairs

Repairs are explained that you should be able to perform on the road when doing self-supported bikepacking races and long-distance cycling.

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Riding Position

Finding a comfortable and efficient cycling position, including saddle and handlebar positions, is essential to avoid injuries from long-distance cycling.

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