- Woodchippers, Bell laps etc…
Got Midge’s on my Peregrine. The only drop bar that I’ve got on with – although I’ve only tried various different flavours of ‘normal’ drops so not comparing with Woodchippers etc.. They’re obviously wider than regular drops – the first time that I saw a pair ‘in the wild’ the owner admitted they weren’t ideal for London commuting – but out of town the width is right for me. I find I’m spending most of the time on the drops whereas before I’d get uncomfortable after about 10-15 minutes or so. For descents they’re great, really confidence inspiringPosted 5 years agodrinkmoreportMember
i just sold some Bell Laps as i never got on with them, Cow Bells though are another story, much much better.
i’m just putting some Midges on a new project but i can already tell that the shape will be cock on but just not long enough on the drop part so i guess i may get some Wood Chippers and see what all the fuss is about.Posted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Bell laps are no longer, I have a few left, but that’s the end of them
Going forward salsa have the cowbell, almost the same bar but without the anatomical bump.
Woodchipper a are great offroad, and touring. The variety of positions adds comfort
on road bell laps (now cowbells) are ace.
For the OPs vaya… Are you mainly on the road? Try cowbells. It’s subtle difference to normal road bars, but they make the bike more controllable.Posted 5 years agoMrTallMember
I put Bell Laps on my Fargo and liked them so much that I put some on my road bike as well.
Gutted to hear that they have stopped making them but if the Cowbell is very similar then it’s not all bad..
I find the extra flare on them gives far better control on my 46cm versions.Posted 5 years agoIHNMember
I had Bell Laps on mx CX/road and I liked the width and the flared drops but I could never get a comfortable setup to ride on the hoods.
I now have som boggo Kona drops and they’re pretty good.
The Bell Laps are currently gathering dust in the garage if anyone wants to make me an offer…Posted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Cowbells and bell laps… Yes similar, and possibly an improvement.
The bell laps anatomical bump gives me super secure descending position, but limits the hand positions available on the drop. The cow bell has no bump, giving you the option to move your hands more.
Both have groovy flairsPosted 5 years agoSannySubscriber
Running 42cm Woodchippers on my Fargo.
I really like them as the outward flare feels a lot more secure on descents when on the drops. My Ritchey crosser has traditional drop bars and they feel really narrow on comparison. I’m not a fan of anatomic bars. I just don’t find them any more comfortable whereas the Woodchippers with their simple curve just work and do so really well. They look a bit odd but are very comfy in my experience. When I get my project cross / bolt thru disc custom machine, it will be getting flared bars. 😀Posted 5 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
If you’re mainly on the road and planning to use STIs, don’t go for Midges/Woodchippers/Luxys. They’re about as aero as a wing-suit and the position on the hoods isn’t very comfortable as they’re really designed to be ridden in the drops all the time.
I have Bell Laps on my cross bike which are much more versatile, but still feel very capable on the bashy stuff. Nitto Randonneurs are very similar if you’d prefer something more trad-looking.Posted 5 years agomonkeypSubscriber
I use woodchippers on my Genesis Croix de Fer on road. Normal drops give me issues with numbness and to be honest, the loss in aero isn’t going to affect me in reality for my commute. The position is way more, comfy, even on the hoods as it matches the natural angle of your hand relative to the wrist/arm. Look strange, but who cares, i am comfortable on the bike 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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