Measuring the Bacchetta Aero Bar for Length

There’s been a ton of discussions/confusion over this one.  This *should* help to clear things up a bit.  I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Measuring technique: I placed the bar down flat on a uhm…flat surface.  This is virtually the same as it is installed on your bike.  I am measuring from the edge of the bar, just to the side of where it attaches to the riser and measuring to the bar end, which is the edge of the bench.  You should be able to get a similar measurement by putting a straight edge at the end of your bars.  Just take into account your bars will have tape and grips or bar end shifters.

First, here is the Standard Aero bar, or what served as the standard Aero bar for the past 5+ years.  This is being usurped by a longer version but more on that later. 

The Old "Standard" Aero bar, now the new "Short" Aero bar

It’s a little hard to see, but the length is right at 280 mm or 11″. 

Now below we have the New long bar which is what we began stocking on all C/A 2.0 bikes for 2010 this year and will phase into the Corsa for 2011.

The New Long Aero bar introduced in 2010

The measurement you’re seeing here is 300mm or just over 11 5/8″.

What I didn’t include here is the Old long Aero bar, which were approx. 330mm or 13″.  I didn’t measure them because we have been out of stock for quite some time.

Keep in mind these measurements are for the Aero bars only, which measure 18 3/4″ center to center at the bar ends.  If you have the wide bars which are around 22 1/2″, then this post does not apply: we only make one width of the wide bars.  Thank God.

Jim Peoples

My First Half Century!

Just look at that picture.  I’m not the kind of person who will ever be seen wearing one of those “Life is Good” smiley faced stick guy t-shirts, but something about the above photo just makes me feel all gushy inside.  Could be because we helped a person with a little direction.  Could be satisfaction taken in building a good product.

Could be this dude just looks like he’s lovin’ life.

Yeah, that’s it.

But enough of my mumbling, stumbling and bumbling.  Kitties and cats it’s time to hear it straight from the man of the hour, our good friend and new Bacchetta family member, Mr. Jim Peoples.


I’m 64 years old and started mountain biking after Katrina in 2005; I loved the trails and kept a spare bike with street tires for Saturday’s when the trails were too wet.  Finally decided I wanted a real bike, tried a high end Trek Hybrid (7500) and it was OK but no love.  Tried a Trek road bike- fast but too uncomfortable.  Tried a new 29er, added cyclocross tires and found I really loved this setup the most, but rides over fifteen miles were really starting to hurt me.  

One day I saw a couple of recumbents on the River Levee Trail here in New Orleans, talked to a couple of the riders and they sounded really satisfied.  Bought a ten year old RANS Rocket off of Craigslist in August, totally rebuilt it and have loved it except that it’s too rough on the New Orleans roads; it’s great on the paved trail but not on the streets.  On smooth roads it was the most fun on a bike I’ve ever had but the spooky handling began to scare me.  I then tried a Bacchetta Giro 26 at a dealer and found it much better.  I also tried a Bella but it wasn’t as much fun as the high racer. 

More research, more riding the Rocket. 

I was becoming convinced that no one should be riding a regular bike, as comfortable as these recumbents are.  Decided at my age I should go for the pure comfort rather than the high bottom bracket and ordered a Bella from Bacchetta.  Now, 64 year old men shouldn’t get so excited over a bicycle, but when I received it, which was only four days after I ordered it, I couldn’t believe the beauty and quality of this bike; from the wheels to the exotic looking brake noodle, to the exquisite Mango paint!  I work in a large mechanic/machine shop and everyone that looked in the huge box had nothing but good things to say about it, even though most didn’t know what it was. That night I played with it, fitted it, put on the lights and rode it a few miles.  It was outstanding.  Went to the local bike store on Saturday, bought red lights, computer, carbon bottle holder, etc. had to help the wife at a church affair that day but still rode it 18 miles at dark.  I just couldn’t stay off of it. 

The next day, Sunday, I rode my first half century in my life- 52 miles and I’m not lying!  My butt had a little stinging but no pain, and the old legs were a little tired, but I have never felt like this after a 30 mile ride, much less a 50.  I look forward to upgrading and riding this beast, it is beautiful, smooth, and comfortable and I can’t thank you and Jeremy (Massey) for all the help in picking the right bike with the right parts: Thank you.  

By the way; I’ve already allowed two total strangers to test drive it, they couldn’t believe how easy it was to just get on it and ride. 

Jim Peoples- Destrehan, La.