Hi. Geezer (almost 61) who just bought a beater fixed-gear conversion. For exercise on mostly flat land, not for tricks, not for touring, not for commuting.
All my biking life I used drop bars and have ridden the brake hoods a lot of the time because that's always been the most comfortable position for me.
Haven't been on a bike in 20 years. Now I find that on the fixed bike, the palms of my hands get sore very fast holding riser bars in the normal way, on the grips at either end. May be related to carpal-tunnel syndrome I've had off and on.
I'm tempted to put on good old drop bars. I use a front brake, and will continue to do so, despite what a lot of fixed-gear fanatics will say, but I'd like to have a hood on the opposite side as well, just for gripping, not for the rear brake I don't have.
Is there any more elegant solution than buying a matching pair of road brake levers and hoods and installing one for the front brake and one connected to no brake at all? Being an old guy, I care about my riding comfort a lot, and looking cool is not a consideration. Still, having a brake hood and lever not connected to anything seems like a strange idea. I'll do it, though, if there's no better alternative. Thoughts? Thanks.