In my shock-and-awe campaign for the hearts and minds of Cruiser readers, the project started big, with big 'ol ape hangers. Apes frequently get a bad rap for comfort, but, if fitted right, they can be quite comfortable. Tall riders frequently have to slouch with stock one-size-fits-all bars, as they can be too close to the body to relax. Not a problem with apes! Plus they're wide, giving fantastic leverage over the front end. In this case, the 14-inch Burly Brand Apes we selected felt good around town, or when loaded down for a tour, but not on a long weekend ride. We should have gone one size smaller, as the big bars were only comfortable when there was something to lean on, like a passenger or gear on the back seat.