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Old 01-14-06, 03:15 PM   #1
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Bull horns: DIY or Buy new?

Would you flip and chop or buy a real pair?
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Old 01-14-06, 03:18 PM   #2
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I'd get riser bars instead.
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Old 01-14-06, 03:23 PM   #3
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flipped n' chopped can be really comfy.

but I've been wondering about this riser phenomenon...
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Old 01-14-06, 03:32 PM   #4
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Well I want to make my own the next time Fliped and choped, That way I get them just the way I want them
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Old 01-14-06, 03:35 PM   #5
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dont chop, just flip
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Old 01-14-06, 03:36 PM   #6
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i'd get new ones, if only because the sole reason i want bullhorns at all is to be able to lean my gangly long arms and torso a little farther forward. flipping and chopping wouldn't get you any extension at all.

if that's not what you want, though, save some money, flip and chop.
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Old 01-14-06, 03:41 PM   #7
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just rotate them up bumbike style
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Old 01-14-06, 03:51 PM   #8
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just rotate them up bumbike style
like that picture of imoncrank's no handed trackstand?
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Old 01-14-06, 03:58 PM   #9
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I bought mine.
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i would have to go with the rest of them riser bars
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all of the "real" ones are aluminum. skidding and skipping and generally depending on floppy aluminum bars is not something i'm going to do.

until they make a steel bullhorn/TT bar, chop/flipped b123s it is.
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risers bars are better
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Old 01-14-06, 04:27 PM   #13
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Real bullhorns are the shiz. Hold near stem for cruising, out on the horns for mashing and for better control at high speeds. Put aero brake lever on the right (please dont use a cyclocross lever on bullhorns), and you are good to go.
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you cant DIY NJS.

i dont really care, i just wanted to write that.
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i find chopped and flipped bars really tacky.
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you cannot get njs bullhorns anyway.
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Track illegal, aren't they?

That being said, I run Syntaces that I bought from Chuck's Bikes. Only $12 and they feel great.
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oh yeah. man. i feel like a tool.
shants, you always know just the right thing to say.
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risers are for hybrids.

if you have some old road bars, chop and flip. if you don't, might as well buy bullhorns from chuck's.
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Track illegal, aren't they?

That being said, I run Syntaces that I bought from Chuck's Bikes. Only $12 and they feel great.
can't you use them for time trials?
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all of the "real" ones are aluminum. skidding and skipping and generally depending on floppy aluminum bars is not something i'm going to do.

until they make a steel bullhorn/TT bar, chop/flipped b123s it is.

floppy aluminum bars. This is a fallacy. I use alluminum bars on two trials bikes, and know a bunch of pro expert guys that do, they get way more abuse than any road ridden bike. Got a couple of freerider customers, they use alluminum bars and I have yet to see one break. One guy weighs 240 and regularly drops two flights of stairs, he has broken two Instigators and cracked the swingarm on a Scream. Hasen't bent a bar yet.

I have a Syntace on my daily bike and a cut bar on the track frame. The Syntace is more comfortable, esp. on the horns. The cut bar is just not long enough for the width of my hands. It does look cool.
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can't you use them for time trials?
Doing a time trial is different than riding in a race on a track.
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Flop and Chop - no doubt.

Also, I don't like riser bars.
Very upright, passive stance, IMO.
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Depends on application. For city visibility & big hills/lifting the front end over obstacles/ scooting through narrow traffic channels, I go for chopped riser bars.

For racing, track, its the drops.

For TT/going fast, bullhorns are a must for aerodynamics. Chopped& flipped are not as elegant and efficent as purpose built, IMO.
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