I haven’t been riding the Surly Troll on long distance rides this summer; the Surly Disc Trucker has taken over on that role. When I bought the Troll frame back in 2011 the shop had a Surly open bar in stock and tried to convince me to buy it, at the time I had no interest in it and the first set of bars the Troll got were Thorn comfort bars.
Well the Thorn Comfort bars weren’t that comfortable and I eventually fitted some bar ends. Bar ends fitted to the Thorn bars looked ridiculous, the bars had a large rise to them and also quite a large set back. I had a smaller set of riser bars and fitted these with the bar ends to the bike. This served me well on long trips, it made the bike look a bit silly but comfort wise it did a great job.
As I have only been using the bike for short trips in recent months I removed the bar ends. A couple of weeks ago I placed an order with SJS cycles for the Harry Quinn build and decided to add some Humpert Country Mas Handle bars to the basket. Costing only £7.99 they were considerably cheaper than the Surly bars and at that price I thought it would be fun to try a new control set up.
The bars are shaped like a handle bar moustache although the moustache almost certainly came before the bicycle. Riding it is pretty fun, its comfortable, upright and great for cruising. The longest journey I have made with them so far has been about 20 miles hauling some heavy panniers and they were fine although I did take my time.
If I make any long multiday trips on the trill I will be refitting some risers and probably bar ends but in the mean time the moustache is staying.