Left Bank Handlebar
We went a bit wild with the Left Bank handlebar's design. It is a full 49cm wide, 7cm wider than a traditional French bar, but still narrower that many British/American-style bars. The grips flare outward a bit to appeal to the less restrained cyclist. Given its radical nature it can only be named the Left Bank handlebar, after that section of Paris, the Latin Quarter on the left bank of the Seine, that was historically populated by students and leftist philosophers.
The stem clamp diameter is 25.4mm and is bulged, rather than sleeved, so it will not squeak. Reach is about 18cm and the rise is 7 cm. Grip area length is 16cm. Polished alloy.
These bars are available in two tubing diameters, 23.8mm road-sized and 22.2mm mountain bike-sized (clamp area is 25.4mm on both):
- 22.2mm (MTB-size) bars accept MTB brake levers and clamp-on shifters. They do not work with bar-end shifters. The only inverse levers that work are Dia Compe levers in the 22.2mm size.
- 23.8mm (road-size) bars accept standard inverse brake levers, standard bar-end shifters, and 23.8mm city brake levers. In short, anything made for road bars fits. They do not accept MTB levers or shifters.
I absolutely love the Left Bank handlebar, and I install it on all of my vintage bikes, without hesitation. The rise seems to be the perfect height for comfortable riding in an upright position on my 60's Schwinn lightweights. An added bonus is the design, quality and finish of the product. Thank you Velo Orange!!
Very comfortable handlebars-- I'm glad I waited until these were restocked to buy!
My more aggressive handlebars (that I also love) were not helping my aching neck. The Left Bank handlebars were the ticket to raising me up to a more vertical riding position, which hopefully will help ease the neck and back strain I was feeling. The ride definitely feels more casual and easy. Fingers crossed!
Nice upright position with room for bar ends.
Comfortable upright position, makes me feel like I’m in a black and white French film, and not too wide so it stores easy with my roommate’s bikes on our rack. I don’t have gears so I didn’t have to fit a shifter, but I imagine that it would be too short to fit a separate shifter plus brakes and standard grips. My brakes and vintage black glitter kraton grips fit just right. Sleek, handsome, practical.