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Old 01-25-07, 12:03 AM   #1
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bullhorns vs. track drops

just wondering if anyone knows the advantages of bullhorns vs. track drops. i'm looking for something to replace the stock bars i my new fixie, and i road wide offroad bullhorn on my old mtn singlespeed conversion, but never on road and never on fixie. any ideas?
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Old 01-25-07, 12:06 AM   #2
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ride both. keep which you like better.






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Old 01-25-07, 12:10 AM   #3
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Personally, I like being able to see what's going on around me in traffic, so I ride bullhorns (note that I have short arms). Yeah, I sometimes ride the tops of drop bars, but only really get down in the drops when I feel like getting down in the drops for the purpose of....getting down in the drops? It's all personal preference of course, but for me bullhorns are where it's at.
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i had drops...never went into them, liked the look of bullhorns, so i got a pair for a good price, and i love them. they are better for climbing, and mine have a slight drop for the horn part, which makes it nice if you wanna tuck down a bit. if i wanna get low like in drops, i'd just lower myself and put my arms along the bars...works nice...love 'em
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Do you sprint everywhere you go? Probably not. There's really no reason for track drops on the street.
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Old 01-25-07, 12:15 AM   #6
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what don't you like about your stock bars?
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Old 01-25-07, 12:30 AM   #7
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Track drops are a joke for street riding, IMO. People use them to look like track riders, as the messenger aesthetic got too accessible. Horns are fantastic for city riding.
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Track drops are a joke for street riding, IMO. People use them to look like track riders, as the messenger aesthetic got too accessible. Horns are fantastic for city riding.
I wouldn't totally write off drop bars. they open up more hand positions and can allow for a more comfortable ride that way.
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Old 01-25-07, 12:37 AM   #9
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I wouldn't totally write off drop bars. they open up more hand positions and can allow for a more comfortable ride that way.
Not TRACK drops. Drop bars are great, sure. Track drops are hilariously poor on the street, and IMO for image only.
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I wouldn't totally write off drop bars. they open up more hand positions and can allow for a more comfortable ride that way.

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Not TRACK drops. Drop bars are great, sure. Track drops are hilariously poor on the street, and IMO for image only.
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chop and flip some track drops if you really want nice bars
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as the messenger aesthetic got too accessible. Horns are fantastic for city riding.
arent horns apart of the same messenger aesthetic?
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arent horns apart of the same messenger aesthetic?
I'm saying track drops are for show, the next step beyond messenger aesthetic. Bullhorns are certainly quite functional for the street - unlike track drops. That's the point I'm making.
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Please do not butcher any track drops.

I ride track drops on the street daily and I love them. But, that said, i've never ridden horns and am interested.

Maybe I'm bullhorn-curious?
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Old 01-25-07, 03:11 AM   #15
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Cyclocross drops. They're incredibly wide, the area before the hoods is nice and flat so you're not pitched over, the drops flare out a lot which is comfy and great for standing grinds on steep hills, and the distance down to drops is pretty minimal so you're still pretty 'heads up'.
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anatomic road drops. Nice wide flat top for hands, nice long flat section (if you have levers) and drops if you ever get the urge to get down on the drops. Who cares what they look like if they wok well.

on the other hand, bullhorns aren't bad either.
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Any kind of drops suck on the street if you are running a negative rise stem, lowered as much as possible, with a frame that is too small you. Jevs, I don't know if that is your problem, but you see a lot of that on this forum and elsewhere. If you have your bars the proper height (with the flat part maybe a few inches lower than the seat), a good set of road drops are the best. You have a relatively high position on the flats, thus giving you comfort and good visability, you have an intermediate position near the bends, and you have an ACHIEVABLE drop position that won't kill your neck and back but still allow you to get plenty aero.
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bullhorns are my cup of tea.
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Hand position of drops with brake levers = (hand positions of good drops) U (hand postitions of bullhorns)

Can't beat that for comfort or versatility. But style matters more to most people apparently.
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I agree with other that track drops are not very practical off of the track. They don't have good shoulders and the drops are often too low for most people.

Road drops with brake levers are bar none the most versatile set up, but bullhorns are pretty nice. I like them a little wider so you get a viable position at the stem and shoulders.
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Bullhorns are better than clipless ... oh wait ... I mixed up my threads where people try to convince each other that their opinion matters more than everyone elses.

That said, I prefer bullhorns myself.
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I love my bullhorns. Got the Nashbar for $12.
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Please do not butcher any track drops.

I ride track drops on the street daily and I love them. But, that said, i've never ridden horns and am interested.

Maybe I'm bullhorn-curious?
Maybe you'd like to test ride T-Mobile's Giant Mannschaft?

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If I ran two brakes, I'd go with road drops beacuse the brake hoods provide my fovorite position. Since I don't like the idea of a dummy lever, I went with bullhorns. I find that horns are comfortable and are superior for climbing.


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I like both. On longer rides you've got to keep shifting hand positions. On my singlespeed its bullhorns. On my road bikes its anatomical drops. I have a set of Major Taylor drops and they're are no way comfortable for city riding.
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