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Old 07-13-11, 04:22 PM   #1
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Bullhorn Handlebars Advent?

Challenged by Osteoarthritis I have had to give up my drops and have found Bullhorn handle bars and a long stem more suited for my rides - (thats not to say I don't miss my drops) - I was talking to a young kid outside of Epoch Cafe in Austin TX - He had a Fixy Motobecane touring frame with all lugs cut off - It seemed a travesty but he is riding and its his only transportation so thats OK with me - Anyway we were trying to figure out just when and where Bull Horns came from - I found some pictures of some 1980 ish bikes with Pursuit bars and then some Triathlon bikes with the same flopped or rather chopped bars but nothing formal naming them...

So are Bullhorns new, or very old?

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Old 07-13-11, 04:31 PM   #2
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I like the way they look. Have no experience riding with them, however. I'd like to try some one day.
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Bullhorns can provide a very comfortable ride.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:12 PM   #4
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op, i think you nailed it. born from triathlons.

bullhorns are just like drop bars without the drop.
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Old 07-13-11, 05:27 PM   #5
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op, i think you nailed it. born from triathlons.
IIRC, the DDR (East Germany) pursuiters and team time trialers were using this style of bars back in the early '80's. The tri crowd was still using drop bars at the time.

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My dad who has been watching the TdF for a while now said the mayor discussion of wether to allow them or not in the great stage races was around the mid to late 80's, so look for your genesis there . He reckons they arrived with the advent of dedicated TT bikes in the stage races., which coincides with the first signs of triathlon looming on the horizon.
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Old 07-13-11, 06:47 PM   #7
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I don't know when they were created, but I have recently converted a pair of broken drop bars to bullhorns and I have to say I actually really like them. I'll still run drops on my longer distance bike, but my faster/under 20mi bike is probably going to be just bullhorns with bar-end shifters now.
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Old 07-13-11, 07:12 PM   #8
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Zandoval, I don't mean to sidetrack, but I'm having a hard time imagining the Moto with all the lugs cut off. Are you referring to the cable stops and guides?
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...having a hard time imagining the Moto with all the lugs cut off.
Yes - Thats what I meant - Odd thing is they were cut off cleanly and then the base primed minimally to preserve the original paint and decals - I'm not into Fixies cause I just don't have the strength - But for down town Austin it looked like a good bike and one he could chain to a post during class and return to latter...
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I absolutely love the feel and comfort imparted by Bullhorn handlebars, even though I have no idea where or when they originated. This recently built Specialized Junker II is the most comfortable, fun to ride and competitive bicycle in my stable and there are some pretty nice high end vintage bicycles in the stable...


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I first used Bullhorns a single speed that I built that was too small for me. I have since switched to a cruiser bar but may go back because the Bullhorn made the frame fit better. More stretched out and the Bullhorns seemed to lock me in the seat better when pedaling hard.
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Old 07-14-11, 06:27 AM   #12
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my '76 fuji track came to me with some nitto TT bullhorns:


which I did not care for, so I now use these, also nitto:


they are great for urban riding, climbing hills, etc.
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bobbycorno is correct. Modern bullhorns came via the DDR around 1980. Of course, there were bullhorn-style bars back in the Victorian era.
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