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    Handlebar preferences

    Flats, Bullhorn, drop bars. I am opting for drop bars but im also thinking about city riding and thinking maybe one of the other two would over more traffic agility. Also i was wondering (if i do get the drop bars) if it is better to put front brake on flat or curved section.

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    Riding British randonneur drop bars now, w/ a "cross" lever for the front brake. Rode w/ homemade bullhorns w/ same brake lever setup. (Both on the flat sections)...

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    i've ridden many handle bar setups and i really gotta say that so far chopped & flopped road drops have been my favorite in terms comfort. never look as good as track drops or drop bullhorns though.
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    I also prefer flop and chop road bars, especially if you can find some of the thinner ones from the 80s. I like risers if they're paired with the right stem, but I find mysel having much more utility with bullhorns.

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    upturned north road bars

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    Bullhorns!

    I love the Syntace Stratos & Nitto RB-021's for urban riding.

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    For me, It depends. When my back is tired, When i going to school back and forth, Risers or flats.

    When im going on those nice rides on the trails, Or doing laps around LA. Drops

    Bullhorns? I have them to look nice in the photos (: I only use them for urban riding. like im going around with my bag, but im not training

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    squeegeesunny, nice bike, i got flipped north roads on my cruiser. also, what tires are those?
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    drops with hoods
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    Been riding my risers for a month. Put the Deda track drops on for 10 minutes and started freaking out. Since I swapped from a 58 to a 54 I hadn't used my drops. Instant wrist fire. Put the stock road drops on tonight and went for a rip. They were really comfy.

    If I had it my way I'd have risers with tri bar setup. Super dorky. Never tried bullhorns. I could see me running risers forever. Need to find a bar I can do a century on, not sure my risers can do that.
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    Depends what I feel like really; I have a couple assorted sized risers, flat bars, bullhorns, track drops, and road drops...

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    haha thats not my bike, its a pic i found, my bike has the same handlebar setup though. i was inspired by that picture. I only do that on casual rides though, usually i have a flatbar or track drops.

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    Deda Velocita. Track drops aren't all that bad as you people say. Takes a bit more effort to get those positioned right. You might need to try out several different track drops and several different stems, too. Totally not worth a while if you don't like how track drops look on your bike.

    But then I have a good road bar which I am planning to use on a new frame. I think modern designs seem to work better (and look good) with road drops.

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    track drops on my commuter/exercise bike. spank tweet-tweet riser bar (chopped narrow) on freestyle/cruising around Cleveland bike.

    I will say I do love chopped and flipped drops, homemade bullhorns, and my odds and ends bike I am working on now will sport these.

    Happy riding

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    I have road drops on my touring bike and North Roads on my townie. For longer riding I like the multi hand positions of the drops, and the distribution of weight protects my back. But in traffic I like having my head up. Also my townie is SS and it's easier to stand up and post on the North Roads, better leverage and more stable. With the touring bike I never post, just downshift.

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    I have tried all sorts of handlebars (northroads, drops without hoods, drops with hoods, 3-speed bars, mustache bars, bullhorns, flop and chops), and I always come back to risers. It's what I grew up using and I think my body is just so used to it. Plus it feels like the bars on my motorcycle. I think I must have some muscle memory. My hands don't like any other position. So for me, personally, its risers. I know it doesn't have all the hand positions the other bars provide, but my hands only like one position.

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    chopped+flopped road bars into bullhorns

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    Carbon and Ergo are 2 fabulous properties for handlebars to have!

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    I love the way my Madison looks with track drops but it's just not very practical for everyday riding so I tend to swap them for risers pretty often.

    As she sits right now:


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    Don't get me wrong I rode with chopped and flopped bullhorns for a while, but they just didn't offer enough hand positions for me and you can't really stretch out on them because the curve is too short.

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    Risers on my beater/f-around/trick bike
    Drops and hoods on my geared road bike, for serious distance stuff... though I'm using this bike less and less
    Bullhorns on my main fixed gear. Just switched from flop 'n' chops... The new bullhorns are NOT as comfy... sigh.
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    Flatbar with barends 'cause I like ergon grips and they don't fit on bullhorns, Origin8 space bars on my beater and Woodchipper dirtdrops on my s/s mtb. Dirtdrops kick azz.
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    Cinelli Anatomic road drops.
    very comfy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    I love the way my Madison looks with track drops but it's just not very practical for everyday riding so I tend to swap them for risers pretty often.

    As she sits right now:

    Awww...such a cute wallpaper, and the <3 sticky note.
    Too cute!

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