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    Who has Cowchipper bars?

    How do you feel about them? What do you have them installed on?

    I've got one on the way to install on my Vaya. I'm pretty excited about them. They'll be replacing On-One Midge bars. I like the tops on the Midges, but the drop position is pretty much unusable for me. Cowchippers look like the ticket. I tried a Marrakesh with them, and a friend of mine is installing a Cowchipper bar on his Cutthroat he's riding in the Dirty Kanza 200 this year. I got my paws on his before he installed them, and I like the shape.

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    I'm planning on getting some myself, I see they just became available again. I have cowbells on my warbird and woodchippers on my Nature Boy disc and like those a lot. Gonna replace cowbells with Cowchippers now that they are available.

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    picked up my cowchippers today. I've got some ESI silicone bar tape for them, and some Fizik gel padding to put under the tape. The gel padding was a last minute add based on my friend's setup. He used the same stuff under his Cinelli gel bar tape on his Cutthroat and I really liked the feel of it. I ride my Vaya on all kinds of rough crap, so the extra cushion will be welcome.

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    I run gel pads on my Cowbells. They probably reduce some vibration but their biggest benefit is making the bar fatter.
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    Got my cowchippers installed last night so I could use them on the commute today. Another commute tomorrow, and an 81 miler on Sunday.


    DSCF2673 by Nate, on Flickr

    That ESI silicone bar tape plus the Fizik gel is CUSHY. Also a big fan of the cowchippers. My commute is pretty short now, so I didn't have much occasion to get into the drops. But that position on the cowchippers is a lot more useable to me than the drops on the Midges these replaced. I spent a lot of time on the hoods, which is extra comfy with the cushy grip space. That'll be really interesting to see when I do that 81 miler on Sunday.

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    Bought my 2015 Fargo 2 used and was never comfortable with the Woodchippers, so I bought some 46 cm Cowchippers. When I removed the Woodchippers, I noticed that they were only 44 cm which explains why they felt so narrow when I was riding on the hoods. Installed the Cowchippers and wrapped them with Origin8 DMND Tac 3.0 bar tape and rode 70 miles of Iowa gravel yesterday. They are much more comfortable and there are so many more usable hand positions than the Woodchippers. Towards the end of my ride, I cut through a creek bottom trail for a few miles of singletrack with deep sand in several places, and the bike handled the tricky parts very well.

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