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Join Date: Dec 2000
Bikes: Bikes: Giant hybrid, Trek 4500, Cannondale R800 Some commuting 20mi/day, mostly fitness riding - 20-50 mile rides
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Dropped bars give you a greater choice of hand positions on long rides, thus relieving the symptoms you describe.
For more relaxed riding, you can stay on the tops, for more aerodynamics, such as against the wind, or at higher speeds you can go down "in the drops", and there's everything in between, the "normal" position being on the hoods (where the brake levers are attached).
If you are planning to put the bars on a bike that already has straight bars there are other issues to be concerned with, that have been discussed on other threads recently.
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