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 put these on my Gary Fisher Klunker as part of a single speed conversion. Love the look and they are comfortable to ride with. Glad I got one while they were in stock!
I put this on my Surly LHT, currently set up for city riding/commuting/utility as well as for light touring. I wanted to add some retro-Euro style with modern functionality, and this sure does the job perfectly! It fits bar-end shifters and the front part of the handlebar provides an extra hand position if you wrap it with some bar tape. It is slightly wider than many authentically retro city handlebars of the same style and has a nice little flare that actually inspires confidence when riding off-road. Though, I have to mention, this is obviously is not intended for intense off-road rides. Also, just be wary- because of the sweep, it can be problematic maneuvering tight corners in spaces as the ends of the bars (esp. if you use bar end shifters) will hit your leg. However, if where you will typically ride does not require exceptional maneuverability (i.e., mostly straight lines and gentle curves; most traffic conditions), this handlebar will definitely add some serious comfort and style to your ride! It is wide enough for comfort but narrow enough to filter through gridlocked motor traffic, while the upright position gives you a commanding view. I have also seen North American cyclists on the internet choose these bars to create their own "dutchie" upright city bikes when paired with super long stems. Overall, I highly recommend these!
I've bought way more expensive bars but these LeftBanks are simply the best. If you like to ride your bike feeling like a traveler of space and time, these are the ones.
A better handlebar doesn't exist.
These bars are killer! Stylish, comfortable and handle great !