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View Poll Results: Favorite handlebar?
Road Drops 29 24.37%
Track Drops 16 13.45%
Flip n Clip Road Bars aka Homemade Bullhorns 5 4.20%
Real Bullhorns (Nitto 021, etc.) 36 30.25%
Flat Bars 6 5.04%
Riser Bars 21 17.65%
Mustache Bars 6 5.04%
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Old 01-31-07, 05:18 PM   #1
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The Handlebar Thread to End All Handlebar Threads: Favorite Bar Setup

So what's your favorite handlebar to use and why? Please, no pointless bickering like "everyone who uses track drops is a moron!" or "bullhorns are for gays". Just keep it to the point.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:22 PM   #2
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You should modify your poll to include road drops w/ brake hoods.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:22 PM   #3
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i like anything thats not a track drop. i find the hand positions too limiting. but as far as sexxieness is concerned 123-s with a deep drop get me off bigtime.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:23 PM   #4
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different bikes call for different bar set ups. there is never going to be a definitive answer for this.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:23 PM   #5
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Just switched to risers from bullhorns. I feel way more comfortable in traffic both from the narrow profile and more relaxed position.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:24 PM   #6
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Oops. I just voted for Moustache bars and i meant to vote for riser bars ...

Anyways, I've used road drops (ergo and non), DIY bullhorns, real bullhorns and risers. The risers give me the best hand position and rider position, although the syntace bullhorns made me pretty happy too.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:27 PM   #7
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different bikes call for different bar set ups. there is never going to be a definitive answer for this.
Which is why I'm asking for personal opinions and no stupid talk like "omg if u ride so and so bars u are ********!!11!!!".
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Old 01-31-07, 05:30 PM   #8
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I have favorite bars for different applications... IMO, the way it should be, right?
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You forgot ape hangers.

Seriously though, 128 said it right when he said it depends on the bike.
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Bullhorn for city (95% of my riding)
Drops for road out in the country (road bike) or CycloCross
Flat XC bars for MTB
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Old 01-31-07, 05:34 PM   #11
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I prefer flip and chops with a good bit of the drop left curling up (similar to early 80's TT bars). This gives me a lot of hand positions and, through adjusting stem height, I can run the bike as an easy-going cruiser or an aggressive sprinter. I rode production bullhorns for a while but I always felt too stretched out and I had nothing at the end to press my hands against when sprinting.
Although I wouldn't use it for long trips when a drop bar with brake hoods was available, I'm thinking of working one up for my city geared bike.
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You should modify your poll to include road drops w/ brake hoods.
Yep. That's my choice.
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Which is why I'm asking for personal opinions and no stupid talk like "omg if u ride so and so bars u are ********!!11!!!".
again, as 128 stated, it depends on the bike. i know it must be exciting for you since you just got a "me too!" track bike, which is probably the first bike you've owned since your 20" coaster brake huffy you had when you were 10... but now that you fit in...

here some of my handlebars:
cross bike: fsa anatomical drops
road bike: cinelli crit bars
track bike: 3ttt track bar and stem for the track, lately flat bar and 3ttt road stem for around town
mountain bike: easton carbon risers
townie conversion fixie: flipped cruiser bars
chopper: ape hangers
beach crusier: cruiser bars
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Old 01-31-07, 05:52 PM   #14
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so far, flat bullhorns. i ride with my hands on the flat, but slightly into the bend mostly. because there's no drop it's easy to spin my hands outward onto the bends for more leverage. ends for aero... as areo as an ape like me can get anyhow.
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Old 01-31-07, 05:56 PM   #15
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Road drops with brake levers. I guess I'm a roadie at heart and like my fixie set up to approximate that on my geared road bikes. Just like the multiple options: tops, ramps, hoods, and drops.
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this set up works very well for me. great for climbing and cruising. the funny thing is that a lot of people hate the set up when i let em take the bike for a spin. eh, just proves that you should use what works best and feels the most comfortable
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The results of this are misleading, I think. Bullhorns are great (which got my vote) for commuting/urban riding (for me), but for a tour, road drops w/ hoods all the way. Aesthetically, it's an easy choice, but each have a different use. They're tools. I guess picking bullhorns for me is a little like saying a claw hammer is my favorite tool despite the fact that I need to use a screwdriver sometimes. Different tools, different jobs.
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That's REALLY pretty. Nice setup, man.

Anyway, I love bullhorns, but I also love the non-ergo drops with brake hoods on my conversion. I think I'm going to take them off in favor of some cruiser bars and turn it into a fixed cruiser, though. Or maybe risers and bigger tires and full fenders and turn it into a rain/snow/slush bike.
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Bullhorn for city (95% of my riding)
Drops for road out in the country (road bike) or CycloCross
Flat XC bars for MTB
pretty much.
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again, as 128 stated, it depends on the bike. i know it must be exciting for you since you just got a "me too!" track bike, which is probably the first bike you've owned since your 20" coaster brake huffy you had when you were 10... but now that you fit in...
lol... okay? Yeah, I just bought a track frame but I've been riding a road conversion for the past six months and before that it was an early 80's Schwinn Le Tour converted to SS I was riding, and even before that was a Schwinn Varsity under my ass... don't really see your need to make personal attacks on me when I'm just curious as to what bikeforums people prefer, I really don't connect "what's your favorite bar" with "hey I'm a trend following sheep" in my mind but somehow it makes sense in yours, go figure. And I don't know why anyone would assume that I'm asking about favorite type of handlebars on a MTN bike or a cruiser or any other type of bike besides SS/FG when I'm asking in the SSFG forum.
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Syntace horns and nitto b123 steel track drops.
I would like to eventually rock handlebars as impressive as these ones
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lol... okay? Yeah, I just bought a track frame but I've been riding a road conversion for the past six months and before that it was an early 80's Schwinn Le Tour converted to SS I was riding, and even before that was a Schwinn Varsity under my ass... don't really see your need to make personal attacks on me when I'm just curious as to what bikeforums people prefer, I really don't connect "what's your favorite bar" with "hey I'm a trend following sheep" in my mind but somehow it makes sense in yours, go figure. And I don't know why anyone would assume that I'm asking about favorite type of handlebars on a MTN bike or a cruiser or any other type of bike besides SS/FG when I'm asking in the SSFG forum.

pwnt.

we have these discussions because most people are too lazy to switch bars all the time so we want to know what is the "best", so we dont have to do it as often. plus its fun. i switch bars every month, for no reason at all. if i could i would go drops, but they suck for my commute. and so now i cant decide between horns and risers. ive ridden all three for the past four years, and i still have no clue where i stand. maybe one day, all of us, in one of these threads (hopefully this one as its named), we will realize what is the "best" handlebar, and we will all be united, and follow that road.

and for making personal attacks at this kind sir here, you are a ****
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you switch every month? I switch like once a week.
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