Still Obsessing Over Handlebars
This past week one of the original Gary Bars came up for auction on eBay, and I won it. It is one of my favorite handlebars, and I was disappointed when it got redesigned into the Gary II. I have tried to find a new bar which is comparable, but nothing out there has the shallow drop of the original Gary or the old On-One Midge bar (which seems to be discontinued).
For comparison's sake, I set the bars on the table, and measured from the table top to the top of the clamp area, on each bar. The original Gary measures about 4-3/4 inches.
Speaking of which, I find it odd that none of the three bars, each advertised as being designed for off-road use, will accept mountain bike shifters or brake levers (without modification). I've managed to shoehorn thumbshifters and v-brake levers on each of these, but it takes some doing. And, forget it if you want to use GripShift gear changers.
I am happy to have another pair of the original Gary Bars, though. I have liked them a lot on the XO-2, and I am glad to have a spare. In fact, if I ever see more come up on eBay, I'll be bidding on them.