I have never had "fancy" handlebars. When I bought my Cannondale road bike a few years back from a dude that advertised it in the paper (imagine that, a paper! Yes, there was no Internet when I bought it) the dude had these aerobars on it. I promptly took them off and they engaged in serious dust collection in the garage.
For me, standard handlebars have always done the trick. I do not have a litany of do-dads that I need to festoon to the front of my bike and I have never been in need of more than the two or three standard hand positions that most bikes offer.
However the more bike handlebar hacks I run into, the more I question my practicality. Maybe it is high time that I step my game up. Long time readers might remember a post we featured on a set of rectangular handlebars. Well reader John, while at the Ala Moana shopping mall garage in Honolulu, HI spotted the following. You know you are a total bike dork if you are taking pictures of bikes on your vacation in Hawaii - John, you and I would get along famously! Take it away John . . .
Visiting Hawaii and was at the mall when I saw a bike locked up that has a weird hack of two short rubber tubes holding a pipe between the mountain bar extensions to create a rectangular upright bar for the rider.
A set up like this would make a handlebar ent drool. If by some strange happenstance the owner of this bike, or someone that knows him or her, stumbles across this post, we would love to hear from you. Stranger things have happened . . .