Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland Oregon
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Flat bars rule, there is a reason why they got banned, but at the local level you should be able to ride them without any problems.
I switched back to flat bars this year and I like them much better, I never used the drops before and I had hand pain and it was difficult to control breaking and shifting.
When it is cold it is difficult to use the drops bars with heavy gloves.
I have smaller hands so that might be a problem since the road levers are not very adjustable.
Keep in mind if you want to switch that you will need a new longer stem, you can find chaep canti breaks lever and MTB shifters, so that is not an issue.
The best part is that the grips are much more confortable and you cna break and shift at the same time.
In Oregon there are quite a number of racers with flat bars and I would say the singlespeed group is 50/50.