Quite a few people have asked me about the handlebars on my Surly Long Haul Trucker (LHT). Following are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions:
- They’re not stock.
- They’re made by Nitto and they’re named “North Road”.
- They can be ordered through any dealer that orders parts from Quality Bicycle Parts.
- There are two versions, one aluminum alloy, the other CroMo steel. The alloy version usually has a red “heat-treated” sticker at the center knurling, the steel does not.
- The steel version accepts Shimano bar-end shifters, the alloy does not.
- They fit the stock LHT stem, but depending upon how upright you want to sit, you may need to change the stem.
- You’ll need to replace the stock road levers with mountain bike-style levers.
- They accept mountain bike grips. If you want to use cork grips with bar-end shifters, be ready for some surgery (e-mail me for instructions).
- They’re supremely comfortable and turn the LHT into a capable city bike.
- I luv ‘em!
Waaay back in ’05, my pal Perry over at The Velvet Foghorn wrote a wonderful piece about the Rivendell Albatross bar, also made by Nitto. The Albatross is a close cousin to the North Road, but it has a little less rise and slightly softer bends. If you like the North Road, you’ll probably like the Albatross as well. Check out Perry’s article here.