Finding comfort in the saddle is just as crucial as prepared fitness. Ask any bikepacker or long distance touring cyclist, fitness is earned but comfort is key. Getting a proper bike fit is always suggested, then find the right gear that works for you. One piece of gear we recommend you give a look at is the Fred Bar from Siren Bicycles. Siren Bicycles has been in the long distance business since its inception. Their Made in USA bicycles are typically found on Tour Divide forums and other, “I’m going to ride until my legs fall off” sources. Their last batch of Fred Bars sold out in a hurry, so act fast if you want one.
So, what are Fred Bars you ask? The Fred Bars are a great way to adapt aero bars to your 31.8mm mountain bike handlebar. Aero positioning not only helps in breaking through the wind, it also provides added comfort over the long haul. They measure 6.75-inches wide, weigh 133 grams and are made from 6061 American-sourced aluminum. Every pair has been anodized with a black satin finish.
Don’t just take it from us, Dave Rooney, an accomplished Tour Divide rider wrote a great review of his Fred Bars you should read here. He talks about how easy they are to install, the added room they provide for other attachments and the comfortable riding position they provide.
Siren has a small batch of these bars in stock today, but who knows how long they will last. Their website is currently being rebuilt so if you want a pair, you need to get in touch with Brian@sirenbicycles.com. You can either email him directly or simply send $90 (plus $4.95 US Shipping / $13.95 International Shipping) to his email address via PayPal.