Anyone looking to de-stress the upper body - or to avoid the dreaded "R" word, may want to consider these handlebars.
My Bike Friday had always carried the stock H-bar, which is a very popular choice from the company. As I advance in age, the stress of a *standard* riding position has really limited my time on the bike. It usually hits at around the 25-30 mile mark (45km). The shoulders stiffen up, the elbows grow heavy and the fingers tingle.
This new Albatross bar has proven to be much more comfortable - no stiffness, no tingling and very little of that, uhmm, fidgety feeling that I would normally experience on a longer ride.
The bar is very well finished and provides plenty of room for bag mounts and supports and so forth.
As always, there are some compromises. Wind drag is definitely there. In time, I might experiment with lowering the bars just a touch. Long distance riders might become frustrated by it. Also, the more upright body position called for a new and wider saddle.
Nitto Albatross Bar