Your handlebars are not only the tool you use to steer your bicycle, but they also function as one of three surfaces on which to support your body weight as you ride (the other two being your saddle and your pedals), in addition to being a convenient mounting place for your bicycle’s shifters, brake levers, lights, bell, cycling computer, GPS or other optional accessories.
Your choice of handlebars is not simply a matter of personal preference. The type of handlebars on your bicycle is actually an indicator of how that bike is meant to be used, and determines how long you will be able to comfortably ride your bike over an extended period of time.
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