There are a few handlebar threads out there already, but I’ll go over a few.
I have owned the coker pi bar, the shadow handle, and the T7. I’ve also ridden without a handle for a while to see if I liked it.
The T7 will break on you, it’s just a matter of time, it’s sloppy, it’s heavy, it’s one of the oldest and worst built ones, having said that, I enjoyed it while I had it.
The shadow handle doesn’t have to have the other part sticking off the back, and is very adjustable. I really like this handle other than the fact that it’s ANNOYING to change anything because you have to take the seat completely off. Some people have reported them breaking which I’m not surprised about as it is the follow up to the T7 O:-) no problems with mine, but I’ve never dropped it. Another disadvantage to this and the T7 is that if they break, you’re stranded because the seat attaches directly to the handlebar, not the frame
The coker pi bar I felt was the best all around bar, especially for shorter distances. The only reason I switched from this was that I wanted something longer for longer distance riding. It was a mistake to let it go. It’s lighter than you would think. It’s tough as nails, and it is the cheapest of them all. It’s also very adjustable, and easier to remove than any of the others.
I have ridden with the KH, it’s light, can’t tell you how strong it is, any people that have had issues on here have usually gotten them resolved by Kris himself : ) which is awesome btw!! It’s the creme of the crop so to speak. You won’t be disappointed in it, I promise you that. Get the plate with it to increase the rigidity of it. anything you can do to connect your handle more rigidly will make it more enjoyable.
I would buy the coker bar again in a minute if it was for a muni (simply because it’s steel), but if you have the money, get the KH and be happy : ) it’s probably the best.
For 10 mile rides I would have SOME handlebar, for 3 or less, I’d say let it go.
also be sure to get a highly adjustable seatpost for your saddle (the KH one is best, but there is an adapter for using a bicycle seat post if you want) The more adjusting you can do, the more comfortable it will be. Play around with it for a while and you’ll find your ideal setup. : )