Saturday, 14 August 2010

New Lauterwasser handle bars



Hi Everyone

Just the other day while considering a new 3 speed project I found a posting by the well known bicycle company " SOMA " from the US from way back on March 30th. It was a posting on their new handle project which is a version of the classic Lauterwasser handle bar. This is good news for people wanting to obtain this older style of bar as it has not been made for well over 40 years or so. The Soma Lauterwasser bar is unfortunately not made of steel like the original bar was and the inner curve is slightly different as well. But Soma said if there is enough interest in the bar they will look at making a steel version in the future. Their alloy version which is pictured above is 47cm wide with a OD of 22.2mm which gives you a lot of choices for flat bar type levers and also there are some nice trad levers available from Dia Compe in Japan that would look fantastic on this bar. About two years ago I received an e mail from the guys at SOMA wanting to know my views on the bar and the different hand positions it offered. As my main touring bike is my 1947 Humber Sports and it's fitted with Lauterwasser bars I gave them as much input as possible as I really wanted to see this bar available for sale again. They are well known for re issuing older patterns of handler bars such as the Major Tayor & Walker racer bar which are both great products. Their blog stated that production of the Lauterwasser would take place around July sometime so it might not be long before we see this bar for sale on their website. Listed below is the link to the Soma blog posting

http://somafab.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-handlebar-projects-part-one.html

Cheers Don
3speedtouringinjapan

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English Teacher and Bike Man said...

While Lauterwasser bars were only available in steel. very similarly shaped bars, such as Reynolds 'fully dropped' Comfort bars and Marsh bars, were available in Hiduminium, a type of alluminium.

Otherwise, those Soma bars would be nice without the coating.