In Evaluation: Butterfly Handlebar

I had wanted to test this model of handlebar for a long time. The butterfly is a very different handlebar from any traditional proposal, having a repositioning appeal and versatility in driving the bike. His proposal is to offer more positions to hold the handlebars. It is worth saying that this is very personal… and will have a cyclist who does not get it right, just like the original models themselves. I will make some notes on the first uses… but only a long use could determine very “close” details of this important piece.

Versatility Of Positions And Application

The butterfly handle has three different “footprints”. Neither of them approaches an original handlebar position, type rise, drop, straight, etc., because this version of handlebar offers the displacement of the central axis of the handlebar. Using the same table (handlebar bracket), the butterfly handlebar can easily be “advanced or delayed” on the table. The difference may be around 80 mm backward and/or “forward” (depending on the model and manufacturer of the handlebars). It is also notable that the height of the handlebar changes relative to the straight model, being lower than the original when placed in the bar end position, and the forward bar will be higher. This artifice can be used to correct some positioning, or even by bike fiter. For cyclists, or even for enthusiasts, also for mobility cyclists, it becomes a value option on comfort. There are advantages and disadvantages, but in general one observes good adjectives. The positions are not at all sporting … so it is clear that it is a model for enthusiasts. And it is known that the largest consumer audience in terms of sales volume is linked to the enthusiast profile. Having three distinct positions on a cycling handlebar can be a differential, including attaching attachments such as headlights from Commit4fitness, cell phone holders and other handy transportable handsets.

Bar End

In the “bar end” we can say that there is quality in the same way if we compare this option to the handlebar with attachment end bar which was later installed as an option. The advantage in the butterfly over traditional bar ends, is over the termination just above, which due to the shape of the handlebar, completely eliminates the tips that can be dangerous in the case of falls or even pedestrians. Pedestrians who unintentionally cross the cyclist’s path accidentally will inevitably be struck by the first part of the bicycle that appears on the trajectory. This part of the handlebar with bar ends becomes the first contact of the collision between bicycle and pedestrian. Even though it is an accident, some small details can be observed. Some models of bar ends, especially the older ones, should be avoided because some of these accessories may be extremely harmful to pedestrians. This situation does not exist in the butterfly, because being continued and curved, the ends are eliminated at the ends. The handlebar ends are inside! This is a great attribute of the butterfly in terms of practicality and safety.

Brake Levers… Safety?

It is difficult to know what everyone likes to use and how they feel about brake safety and handlebar positions, but I believe that most cyclists feel much more comfortable about safety when the brake knobs are positioned parallel to the handlebar. For case of handlebars drop, of road bikes, we know that they were developed for performance of cranks, so they have a chapter to part about position and will not be considered here.However, in fact, straight or riser type guiders are more suitable to this comparative because they approach the safety issue. It seems to me that the straight handlebar proved safer than the butterfly because of the very defensive position the rider remains in.Anyway, still being a straight handlebar in the main position (the one that remains the levers and changers), the same versatility of the butterfly, prevents detachment of the brake knobs in relation to the table … and this could bring more stability. Some people refer to this issue with the length of the handlebar that resembles shoulder width. It is more complex than this, but it is important to highlight this limit of the butterfly.

Steel Or Aluminum

It is interesting to come again on this subject on materials… but after all, how not to get here if the question is precisely about bicycles and components? I tried to think a lot about the model and what would be the best alternative for the market options. We know that high value-added products carry great attributes, but I honestly do not understand the fact that a butterfly handlebar costs 400 reais. There is no justification for a concept handlebar geared towards cycling or touring cost more than 200 reais. It may be a matter of low turnover of one type of product yet… but it will not be at the cost of 400 reais that it will become popular in a country’s tracks. For this reason, I decided to look for a model whose characteristic was low final value, but also that it was steel… and I explain. The design of the butterfly handlebar has a very peculiar characteristic, the result of which extends to the comfort on rough terrain or with high potential of vibrations on the handlebars. When holding the handlebars, the cyclist places weight and support on a very important part of the bike. Along the bike, the energies promoted by the shaking are spreading, dissipating along the tube! Until propagated energies can reach the handles or main grip region of the butterfly handlebar, the dispersion effect of these transmitted by the wheel through the pavement occurs. Steel or chromoly bicycles (chromium+molybdenum) have long been known to represent comfort in the fields of bending, twisting and vibration, so much so that precisely this second material is used in the manufacture of automotive springs, due to their exclusive properties . In this case, as in many others, steel and its alloys, take great advantage when it comes to absorbing vibrations. Aluminum is undoubtedly the indispensable element in the bicycle industry… and it should be remembered that it is much more important in the elaboration of bikes of high technical level with competitive purposes (or some types of recreational), than in the manufacture of handlebars And other cycling bike items. It’s like attacking a fly with a bazooka … it’s like thinking of reduced grams in the handlebar for a bike that will carry tens of extra pounds in luggage.And at the cost of the comfort injury.

Apparently, the tested part is fabricated with SAE 1020 or SAE 1008 steel, with chrome finish and sewn tube (visible internally). The value of this handlebar, bought in the internet in store of SP, was 60 reais+shipping costs. The piece in question is being tested on a Giant Sedona ATX series bike from 1994, fixed on a chrome table. The piece remains in test for some period, tested in the streets of Porto Alegre.

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