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  • Drops

    48 44.04%
  • Bullhorn

    5 4.59%
  • Trekking

    10 9.17%
  • Flat

    24 22.02%
  • Mustache

    5 4.59%
  • Dirt/Rando Drops

    3 2.75%
  • Other

    12 11.01%
  • I ride with no hands like a boss

    2 1.83%
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    Which handlebars are you using for your commute?

    I recently started commuting the 7ish miles to work on a beater bike that was gifted to me and one of the first things I'm noticing is that the cheap bullhorns aren't very comfortable for me. I'd like to get something more comfortable but I balk at getting anything more upright because my commute is less then flat. I'm all for crowd sourcing so what are you guys using and why? Flat commutes, hilly commutes? Any thoughts on climbing with mustache or trekking bars? Dirt style / Rando drop bars look like the might be an option.

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    Profile Design base bars. Kinda like "ridin' the hoods" without the drops.
    "Lower sodium" only means that you can put mom in front of your cardiologist on speed dial.
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    16.5 miles one way commute with some hills, roadbike
    with drop bars most of the time. Folding bike w/ straight
    bars sometimes.






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    I'm lucky enough to have multiple bikes which I can commute with, so depending on the season or the day it could be several of the options in the poll. Drops, flats, uprights, riser, and of course no hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
    Profile Design base bars. Kinda like "ridin' the hoods" without the drops.
    So essential bullhorns with more upturned ends like purist bars?

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    I generally prefer upright bars to drop bars for city riding, but there's something I can't explain about my Bianchi Volpe. It fits so well that I wouldn't change the drop handlebars, and I ride it in the city a lot.
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    I switch between two bikes, one has regular drops, the other has pursuit bars on it. I like the pursuit bars, but they're not the best for hills. The drop bars have far more hand positions.

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    What is this handlebar type? between mustache and flat?
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    My road bikes all have shallow-drop handlebars now, like the Soma Highway One and Civia Emerson. I did have bullhorns on one of my bikes and liked them a lot, except for riding on windy days, so I ended up putting shallow-drop bars on that bike as well.

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    I ride drops on all my bikes except my MTB.
    My fixie has bullhorns now, but I prefer the feel of track drops.

    Quote Originally Posted by vol View Post
    What is this handlebar type? between mustache and flat?
    That is a riser bar.
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    Trekking bars, 2, Brompton M bars 1. IGH, 3..

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    Quote Originally Posted by QNelson View Post
    So essential bullhorns with more upturned ends like purist bars?
    These.

    I have drops on the Leader but seldom use them. I thought I try without them on the town bike and haven't missed them.
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    Any thoughts on a dirt drop/rando bar? I was thinking the wider hand position with the availability of a shallow drop might light me sit up more while not sacrificing climbing like these ones from origin 8
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    http://www.origin-8.com/product-desc...model_uid=5317

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    I just installed trekking bars on my commuter and I've been digging them. The flats are good when traffic or the road gets a bit dicey and there are 2 curved areas that you can use for a change in position and are good for climbing.

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    Regular drops on my road bike, rando-style drops on the rando-commuter and fixed-gear. (Flat bars annoy me in a hurry.)
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    Not that I used them but what about drop bars upside down? LOL

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    I voted Other. Mine are the stock Allant handlebars...kind of a very shallow mustache.

    Commute consists of some moderate hills over 7 miles. I'm seriously considering switching to trekking bars so I can more easily get out of the wind. I was actually going to order some, but chickened out when my LBS didn't know what I was talking about.
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    I use compact drops or bullhorns depending on which bike I take. Both are comfortable enough and have a similar feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
    That is a riser bar.
    Thank you. Then I'm "Other".

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    Riser bars are just flat bars with some rise built into them so you don't have to raise the stem as much.
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    I use drops. I thought about getting a bike with flat bar or something else for commuting, but ultimately I decided I like the flexibility the drop bars give me on hand positions.

    I admin I spend almost all my time on the hoods, but I can move my hands back and forth a bit. I only use the drops occasionally for a fast decent or big headwind.

    While on a MUP I might hold the bar a bit for a different position. I have debated getting a set of interrupters (cross brakes) on my new commuter when I get it so that I can ride and still brake in this more upright position - mostly would use when weaving through tourists in the summer. Curious if anyone has experience with these and if they impact overall brake performance or feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
    These.

    I have drops on the Leader but seldom use them. I thought I try without them on the town bike and haven't missed them.
    I have similiar bars one bike, Nitto RB-012, they're nice, rock solid bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstraus View Post
    I have debated getting a set of interrupters (cross brakes) on my new commuter when I get it so that I can ride and still brake in this more upright position - mostly would use when weaving through tourists in the summer. Curious if anyone has experience with these and if they impact overall brake performance or feel.
    I haven't use them along with other levers as a true interrupter. I use the Tektro RLs on two bikes as the main only levers. Guess, I like 'em.......they're on two bikes!!
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    Any thoughts on a dirt drop/rando bar?
    Have Nitto Dirt drops off original MB1's

    but I dont commute on the bike with them ... bar end shifters on RB1 bike build up.

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