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    bullhorn vs drop

    I've begun to think that bullhorns might serve me better than my drops during city commuting. It seems that they would offer a compromise between an aerodynamic position and being able to better see what's going on around you. Thoughts?

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    I prefer bullhorns for the extra leverage when climbing out of the saddle, but that's just my preference.

    Why don't you just put some on to try 'em out. If you don't like them, sell them on eBay and put your drops back on.

    You can get syntace bullhors for $12.50 at chucksbikes.com. That's a pretty cheap experiment.

    Might cost ya a bit more if you're running a brake as you'll need a TT lever or a cross lever. Those can be had reasonably cheaply as well though. Perhaps even from members of this very forum (Where better to find a spare brake-lever than a bunch of people who run, at most, one brake?).

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    try them out, I think it all depends on what makes you comfortable. For me, the farther forward my hands are, the tighter my shoulders get. I switched from bullhorns to shallow drops on my commuter for just that reason.

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    I feel more comfortable skidding with bullhorns.

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    he doesn't have a brake on his bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by humancongereel
    he doesn't have a brake on his bike.
    I will by week's end

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    probably good...like everyone else said in that thread, it could be a good way to **** up a nice bike...i'd play it safe.

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    yeah i've come to the conclusion that it could be a lifesaver. maybe i'm a hypocrite, though, because i don't ride with a helmet.

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    just grab life by the (bull)horns...

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    Bullhorns for climbing steep hills out of the saddle. If I had long, uninterrupted flats I would be riding drops in a heartbeat.

    For city commuting - sprint and stop - I would have moustache handlebars, or something a little more uprigh and narrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sers
    I've begun to think that bullhorns might serve me better than my drops during city commuting. It seems that they would offer a compromise between an aerodynamic position and being able to better see what's going on around you. Thoughts?
    I'm a recent riser bar convert and I don't see myself changing them out any time soon. For city riding they can't be beat. I've tried both drops and bullhorns and now risers. I gotta say that I do like the risers way more than the others. I had a blast riding around the city the other day. My back and my neck loved me for it.

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    i like my drops better than my syntaces, but that could change. see, i was using my hand brake/tt lever a lot on my syntaces, and it was too far away for my comfort. since switching to drops (september), i've weaned myself off the hand brake (even though it's there). might like the 'horns better now...

    just think about where you like your hands. when you're riding your drops, imagine where your 'horns will be, where your hands will be. then, get a set of syntaces from chucksbikes.com, try em out, and you're only out like fifteen bucks if you don't like em...
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    I'm one of those guys with an extra TT lever. I believe it's a Profile Design lever--black. I just needed the one. BTW, I prefer bull over the drop, helped me skid and a little more comfortable in town. PM or e-mail me if you are interested in the lever, I'd be glad to ship it out to you.
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    It's a bullhorn that can help you more.
    raincoat is interesting

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    Chuckfox: How much are you looking for the tt lever? Not trying the cherry pick the piece, but if OP doesn't want it, I may.

    OP: Bullhorns for me. Much more comfortable to be able to stretch further forward than on drop bars. I think they look nicer as well...so that's a secondary plus.

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    I love Bullhorns.... tried risers for one day and well... look in the trade forum

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    I prefer bullhorns atm, but just got my drops in the mail yesterday.
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    I prefer bullhorns as I was never really riding in the drops of my standard road bars.

    If the bike is used only for rides of less than 15 miles, risers would be fine too. If you ride longer distances the multiple hand positions are great but for riding 2 miles up the block you really don't have to have that level of versitility.

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    You can always go super cheap by chopping and flipping some ramshorns, but that doesn't always get a great bullhorn in the end.

    If you get bullhorns that are long enough (a bit more like pursuit bars) then you can lay out almost as low as you would in your drops.

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    wow, you resurrected a 4 year old thread, doubt he still has that lever laying around still.

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    I really like drops with hoods. I can ride on the hoods and get a position kinda approximate to bullhorns, and I still retain the option of riding on the drops too, which especially kicks ass for sprinting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisj View Post
    i feel more comfortable skidding with bullhorns.


    +1

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    I prefer bullhorns, and use the syntace bars from chuck's. Lots of hand positions. Great for climbing and sprinting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmio View Post
    wow, you resurrected a 4 year old thread, doubt he still has that lever laying around still.
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    hahah ok, i was just confused at first, I had to do a double take on the dates. It was a good one, acted as if the 4 years had never lapsed.

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