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    White handlebars too bright?

    Can white handlebars be too bright and mess with vision? Or create eye fatigue?

    Sounds kinda dumb, but can the reflected light obscure dark details of a trail (think spotted sunlight through forest canopy on the handlebars while riding on a wet, dark, loamy trail)?

    I know we aren't looking at the handlebars while riding, but the reflected light can still effect the pupils, not unlike a camera exposure.

    I would rather not crash, then have the blinger bars.

    What say ye?

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    They could... but it's negligible. Your handlebars aren't like the dash board of your car.

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    Even a high gloss black finish will have the same effect. To avoid any reflection just get something with a matte finish.

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    I have a bike with white bars, and I never noticed anything.
    But now that you mention it, I will have to pay closer attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorp979
    Even a high gloss black finish will have the same effect. To avoid any reflection just get something with a matte finish.
    That's it right there. If it's glossy or polished, the glare can get in your eyes. Just being white won't cause any problems. I have shiny, white bars, and I haven't had any issues.

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    Zero issues w/ white bars and glare here. Only trivial issue is mud show's up easier than black bars.

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    I've got a silver bar on my SS and it has been without issue.

    I'm thinking a white bar with a delicious red anno stem...

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    i have whits bars and dont even notice them , i tend to lok down the trail ,not at my bars

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    I find my huge ___ obscures my vision far more than my handlebars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth
    I find my huge ___ obscures my vision far more than my handlebars.
    Man boobs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    Man boobs?
    Nose. Jeez, man, what else could I have meant??
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    Umm will not dignify that with an answer. but maybe your

    as for the whole man boob thing they are called moobs. Don't eva forget
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    No need to worry at all with white. Have a set of Syncros bars and stem and don't even notice them. Ride in the pines and aspens with lots of light sneaking thru and have never been aware of the color. Also do some night riding with lights on the bars and helmet and again there is no problem.

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    I think you're talking about dynamic range (when you mention it being like the effect it could have on a camera). It shouldn't really affect you that way unless you were focused on them. Your eyes work similarly but generally have many more steps of dynamic range thankfully. They should adjust to what you're looking at (the trail hopefully in this case) and unless glare is reflected like the sun off of a mirror, it shouldn't be an issue.

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    you should be looking down the trail to prepare for up coming obstacles, not staring at your front wheel and handlebars.

    i worry more about dirt and pine needles poking me in the eye than a bit of glare.

    glare is only an issue on long road rides/drives where you are traveling the same direction for hours at a time and the suns angle remains constant.

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    watch out for blindness man!

    probably the stupidest question ever asked....only thing stupider is me answering it

    i have a bar with 300 led lights in it that strobe constantly....not a distraction at all, i always look behind me when riding

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    i hang a mini disco ball of my bars and i'll admit, it is distracting. but mega bling!

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    wow i though i thought of weird stuff. for example i have solved the age old question of is the glass half full or half empty. if you drank half of it, its half empty. but if you only filled it half way then its half full. i thought of that out riding about to go off a jump so i ate $*&^% and solved a stupid question.
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    the idiocy of this question, even by mtbr standards, is impressive The All Mountain forum never fails to deliver!
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    Yea, nice. I see some people are lacking a capacity for thought.

    Have you ever seen a white, or light colored dashboard top in a car? Now why is that...? Hmmmm. ...I guess just a coincidence.

    lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    wow i though i thought of weird stuff. for example i have solved the age old question of is the glass half full or half empty. if you drank half of it, its half empty. but if you only filled it half way then its half full. i thought of that out riding about to go off a jump so i ate $*&^% and solved a stupid question.
    Yay! Now try to solve the age old skill of Capitalization and Punctuation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    Yea, nice. I see some people are lacking a capacity for thought.

    Have you ever seen a white, or light colored dashboard top in a car? Now why is that...? Hmmmm. ...I guess just a coincidence.

    lol.

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    A dashboard is not the same thing as a handlebar. Tan is a light color that adorns many dashboards - and I have seen white dashes. But to humor you, a "reflective" dashboard surface is not ideal because it will throw a reflection on the windscreen, thus obscuring your vision. Any color dashboard can become reflective with the addition of high gloss dressings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDRIFT
    Yay! Now try to solve the age old skill of Capitalization and Punctuation.
    1 thing at a time please
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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    1 thing at a time please
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordDRIFT
    A dashboard is not the same thing as a handlebar. Tan is a light color that adorns many dashboards - and I have seen white dashes. But to humor you, a "reflective" dashboard surface is not ideal because it will throw a reflection on the windscreen, thus obscuring your vision. Any color dashboard can become reflective with the addition of high gloss dressings.
    My thinking was the glare part, clearly from the posters above it is not an issue with the small size of a handlebar.

    I come from a photography background where white against dark limits what is available to see. I know the human eye has those limits as well and asked if they come into play.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glare_(vision)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    Yea, nice. I see some people are lacking a capacity for thought.

    Have you ever seen a white, or light colored dashboard top in a car? Now why is that...? Hmmmm. ...I guess just a coincidence.

    lol.

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    i have a light tan dash in my car. has never been an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    Yea, nice. I see some people are lacking a capacity for thought.

    Have you ever seen a white, or light colored dashboard top in a car? Now why is that...? Hmmmm. ...I guess just a coincidence.

    lol.

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    i have a light tan dash in my car. has never been an issue.

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    wtf.

    if the AM forum regularly has inane threads like this one, i'm going to drop by more often.

    Originally posted by bucksaw87
    I still fail to see how mustaches, fixies, and PBR are ironic.

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    Nothing that can't be solved with some eye black.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    Have you ever seen a white, or light colored dashboard top in a car? Now why is that...? Hmmmm. ...I guess just a coincidence.
    I drove to office this morning in a car with a light grey dashboard.

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    i was thinking about getting a white handle bar today. what models you recommened. mayber a short non-raised? pros ? cons?

    1st, i have man boobs and a big belly and a little ____. but i have a white bike. its actually b/w
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    i was thinking about getting a white handle bar today. what models you recommened. maybe a short non-raised? pros ? cons?

    1st, i have man boobs and a big belly and a little ____. but i have a white bike. its actually b/w
    Look to where the river ends, or where the river starts...

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    I think you should get pink handlebars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider
    wtf.

    if the AM forum regularly has inane threads like this one, i'm going to drop by more often.

    yes, the AM forum is the epitome of retardation. this question is simply an appetizer of what the menu has to offer

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    yes, the AM forum is the epitome of retardation. this question is simply an appetizer of what the menu has to offer
    You do not read WW forum too often.

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    Okay lets not provide opposition, but instead a viable solution. It just so happens that I am currently finalizing development on a line handle bar tint and eyebrows. Feel free submit your preorder requests via this thread.

    Note to self: Destroy all white prototype eyebrows..
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    ive had more high polished chrome handle bars than i can remember..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
    ive had more high polished chrome handle bars than i can remember..
    Can not remember? Must have affected your concentration.

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    so reflective it burnt my memories out!

    everyone had them in the bmx days. anno purple rings and chromed crmo bars! i raced for years with them, never got a glare once. my old GT mtb had some alu semi polished bars, same deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomsmoto
    everyone had them in the bmx days. anno purple rings and chromed crmo bars! i raced for years with them, never got a glare once. my old GT mtb had some alu semi polished bars, same deal.
    [email protected], come to think of it, I had the white CW bars back in the BMX days, with the black and white checkered pads.

    But I was young and dumb then, and I just thought they looked cool.

    I've had multiple vision related crashes in the last couple of years, so vision is important to me.

    Thanks for all the helpful comments, you guys are the best.

    And if you are going to talk about man boobs. For god's sake, do it right. (I think these might be Fo's moms that he nursed on)

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    Ok, this thread just took a turn for the the worse.
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    [email protected] - I just threw up in my mouth.

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    I've got white Demo 8 bars on my Enduro and love em! haven't hit a tree because of them yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    yes, the AM forum is the epitome of retardation. this question is simply an appetizer of what the menu has to offer
    the OP wins extra points for closing with 'what say ye?'.

    I think that using this whimsical, Renaissance-Fair phrase should be required in every post.

    what say ye?
    Originally posted by bucksaw87
    I still fail to see how mustaches, fixies, and PBR are ironic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    [email protected] - I just threw up in my mouth.
    Can't you just imagine motorboating those things, getting rug burn on your face and funky sweat on your nose?






    I don't know about white bars harming your eyes, but I can't wear white shoes as it distracts me. I think white bars would be the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider
    the OP wins extra points for closing with 'what say ye?'.

    I think that using this whimsical, Renaissance-Fair phrase should be required in every post.

    what say ye?
    Ye got me on that one! [email protected], your good at this. But I was thinking more pirate than D&D talk. Now go put your 20 sided die away.

    (Nice one, I think you did it! You impressed the posters up above, now you can all go e-riding together!)
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    You guys are right, it was a stupid question.

    So stupid of me to think that contrast affects vision.

    My apologies.
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    BTW, I got those white bars, thanks for the quality responses. I don't think the white will be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    I don't think the white will be an issue.
    Sure, with all the bright red bling there...

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    Needs a white bell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glynis27
    Needs a white bell.
    Too bright for eyes

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    This would cover both colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    BTW, I got those white bars, thanks for the quality responses. I don't think the white will be an issue.

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    Arrrrghhhh BLINDING!!!!!

    I think it will affect the other rider coz he/she can't concentrate on the trail~

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    I just wish they would offer the On One Mary bars in a white to match my bike

    pink

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    Mr. P.....post a couple pics of your entire ride! the Enduro looks sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewnielson
    Mr. P.....post a couple pics of your entire ride! the Enduro looks sweet!
    Thx:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=570716

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