Re: [CR] Italian handlebars

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Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 14:47:04 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Hugh Thornton" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Italian handlebars

Congratulations (to her more than you).

I am not familiar with those particular bars but I do notice that bars of that period tend to have much deeper drops and look more like track bars.  I always attributed this to the fact that way back then people rode relatively larger frames so that it would take a deeper drop to get the rider down to the sort of streamlined position that we get with normal drops today.  That is also presumably what gave rise to track handlebar stems with a deep drop too - something which is totally unnecessary today.

Hugh Thornton
Cheshire, England

--- On Fri, 2/7/10, Paul Vincent wrote:

From: Paul Vincent <> Subject: [CR] Italian handlebars To: Date: Friday, 2 July, 2010, 13:59

Hi all Back on the listing after the wife gave birth!!. Can anyone advise on the history of Italian made drop handlebars named 'Azzuro' from the 30's ?. They look like a track bend.