Empowering The Bicycle Traveler

Jones Bars

Journalism is a tough business. Those not involved don’t understand the sacrifices reporters make in order to enlighten and entertain them. As an example, I could not get the wi-fi connection to work at the Woodland Empire brewery and I had to walk almost 200 feet to Pre-Funk tap room in order to find a decent connection. Somebody’s got to do it though.

It’s always encouraging to me when I talk to an entrepreneur who has been involved in the bike business for a long time and is still so excited about what they do that they will talk my ear off about their product or service. Channing at Old Man Mountain is one example, as is Chris Kostman at Rough Riders- Any Bike Anywhere (Chris, why are there no new blog posts?)
Jeff Jones has to be included in this company.
He is an iconoclast who developed his own line of bicycle frames and what may seem like a somewhat unconventional handlebar; The Jones Loop H-Bar®. Surly Bikes even commissioned an extra long version of the bars from Jones for their ECR, Troll and Ogre bikes. We have sold several sets of these bars and are currently experimenting with them- the Bike Hermit has them on the Big fat Dummy and Sky King has them on the ECR.

L.to R. ECR, Big Dummy, Pugsley

L.to R. ECR, Big Dummy, Pugsley

We even installed them on a Surly Disc Trucker, an experiment which revealed that bar end shifters fit.


Even good for touring!

The other interesting feature that has become apparent, thanks to friend Wendell, is the ability to annex bags ostensibly made for saddlebags, as seen in these photos:

Jones Loop H-Bars and homemade bag

handlebars and bags

Jones Loop Bars, Revelate Designs Harness and a Salsa Minimalist rack.

The astute reader will notice that in most of the photos the ends of the bars have a thick foam grip. These are ESI grips for the Jones bars and they come in two lengths; 6.25 and 8.25 and two thicknesses; Chunky and Extra Chunky. Surly chose to not use the matching grips on their bikes…an oversight I hope is remedied in the next production run.
Some of the pictures also show padded tape wrapped around the welded junction of the loop part of the bar. This turns out to be a fine alternative hand position with these.

Two widths; the original 660mm and the Surly inspired 710mm. Two colors; black and silver. Aluminum or titanium. One clamp size; 31.8. Mr. Jones doesn’t allow us to sell them online but if you are in Boise, we have them in stock. Otherwise, order from jonesbikes.com

5 comments… add one
  • injun June 4, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Jim, I agree with Jeff Jones. ever since I had the H bars installed on my Pugsley I now ride with more comfort, control, no fatigue I can pedal all day. such an amazing feel in the cockpit. when I am feeling good and having fun on fast flowy singletrack, cow trails, forest service roads or where ever. I think of Neil Young “Harvest Moon” unplugged version. as it reminds me of the bike and the H bars.

  • Cory June 5, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Jim, thanks for the bars. I have currently been using the Jones Loop bars on my Surly LHT and… I love them. At first I was a bit hesitant to replace the stock drop bars as I was just getting to like them. I made a good choice. Super comfortable and fun. The bars give you several hand positions and great overall control on various surfaces.

  • Fatty July 4, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Most significant upgrade to the cockpit I have been able to make. Comfort is unparalleled on climbs, descents, cruising, streets or single track with switchbacks. No longer need to stop or get my hands off the bars to get feeling back.

  • Bob Maples January 19, 2016, 7:17 pm

    Just more and more good info here. Bike Hermit could you tell me how much rise (degree) and how much extension on the stem you used to put the Jones bar on the Disc Trucker?

    • Bike Hermit® January 23, 2016, 1:20 pm

      Bob, it was a 100mm stem with a 17 degree angle


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