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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

View Poll Results: What kind of handlebars do you use on a fixed gear bike?
bullhorns 71 48.63%
drop bars 51 34.93%
moustache 4 2.74%
other 20 13.70%
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Old 03-25-07, 04:07 AM   #1
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Do you prefer drop bars of bullhorns on your fixie?

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Old 03-25-07, 04:24 AM   #2
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oh jesus H. christ

I don't use any bars. I grip the stem with my teeth and steer. Very aerodynamic.

On a more serious note I use a combination of bullhorns, risers and road-drops.
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Old 03-25-07, 04:53 AM   #3
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It would have to be "other"

Sorry, no good pic yet. Will post once build is completed
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Old 03-25-07, 07:42 AM   #4
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Why all the questions?

For bars, it all depends on how you're riding and what's comfortable for you. I have drops but I never ride the drops so I'm switching to bullhorns. On the winter beater I'm building up I'm going to have risers because they're better for crappier terrain (Wisconsin snow = ugh). It varies from person to person.
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What do you mean by drop bars? I don't use track drops, as I find them to be rather pretty torture devices. Road drops with areo levers are among my favorites, though. Bullhorns are also good for me.

But really, why are you asking these questions? Are you building a bike by consensus? Just pick the parts and gearing that feels best to you.
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Anatomical drops with aero levers (preferably any of the STI brifters) are my favorite, because they are like bullhorns with drops if you need em. On a fixie though since I'd only have 1 brake, I'd rather have bullhorns. I'm not going to give up the hoods position to get the less used drop position.

If I find some mtb bar ends for free I might play around with adding a faux drop position to my bullhorns.
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Old 03-25-07, 09:58 AM   #7
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Anatomical drops with aero levers (preferably any of the STI brifters) are my favorite, because they are like bullhorns with drops if you need em. On a fixie though since I'd only have 1 brake, I'd rather have bullhorns. I'm not going to give up the hoods position to get the less used drop position.

There's no reason you can't have a dummy hood on the other side. Works quite well, actually. Just take the lever off so it's not flopping around on you.
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Trolling... again?
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There's no reason you can't have a dummy hood on the other side. Works quite well, actually. Just take the lever off so it's not flopping around on you.
I've seen some people do that, now that I have another set of levers to mess around with I might try that. Personally I think it looks really ugly, but if it's more comfortable I'll do it.
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risers and drops.
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I've seen some people do that, now that I have another set of levers to mess around with I might try that. Personally I think it looks really ugly, but if it's more comfortable I'll do it.
I find the best looking dummy lever is a Tektro/ Cane Creek/ Soma aero lever with the lever left in it. They are sprung like Sir Mix A Lot so they won't flop around. Removing the lever just makes the whole thing look worse.



The sight of road drops without two levers brings out my inner dutret. The two hoods add hugely to the functionality of the bars.

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The bullhorns on my commuter with a TT brake lever, is by far the most comfortable, versatile set up. I have risers on another bike. I'll probably run track drops on the frame I build this summer.

Each bike has a different look, function, and "feel". I think matching those things up is the most important aspect of choosing bars.
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Old 03-25-07, 12:22 PM   #13
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But really, why are you asking these questions? Are you building a bike by consensus? Just pick the parts and gearing that feels best to you.
Not everyone has the money or access to cheap parts and tools to figure out what gearing and parts feel best. That's one of the reasons that we come to places like this.

That being said, I used to ride mustache bars but switched to randonneur bars with nice big aero hoods (two of them, each one attached to a brake, oh the humanity!) and I love them. This is on a fixed road bike, not a track bike, if that makes a difference two you. What I lose in style points, I get back in comfortable hand positions. I can't imagine riding deep track drops on the street for any extended period of time.
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Trolling... again?
No kidding. How can someone who's been on here so long and already asked so many of the most basic questions be so clueless?
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like someone else said, i never used the drops so i flopped and chopped em. bullhorns are treating me well.
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Old 03-25-07, 04:03 PM   #17
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used to ride some nitto RB021 bullhorns.

now i'm rocking some risers again and i forgot how much i loved them.
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some black or orange oury grips would kill those clear ones.
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some black or orange oury grips would kill those clear ones.
soon i will have some orange risers with black grips, i just threw random parts on this bike to get it running.
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ive never rode bullhorns, or the risers before. once i get some cash, im going to get new bars, im going to ride my friends bike with bullhorns to see if i like that.
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No kidding. How can someone who's been on here so long and already asked so many of the most basic questions be so clueless?
Just a poll, azzhole...you and your boyfriend should stop picking on me and stock up on more K-Y Jelly...
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why not have both??

i better patent this ****.

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I run a zip tie through my aero lever that I do not use, so its not all flippity flappity. Although I run bullhorns and aeros i dont really use the hoods, i havent got TT levers and I like resting my hands on them when my feet are off the pedals and im sitting on the top tube just chirrin.
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