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Old 08-27-10, 12:01 AM   #1
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Best type of Handlebars in your opinion...

Currently have risers on my bike, BUT I feel like drops are better off staying on a road bike for the comfort and overall traditional look.

Curious to know from your experience what works best on a road bike with different type of handlebars and the purpose for each different bar type.

*never used bullhorns so have no clue what the difference is*
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Old 08-27-10, 12:05 AM   #2
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bullhorns offer many hand positions after drops with hoods. hoods are the best thing ever. track drops are sweet to look at but go on an actual ride and youll notice right away why they are only track specific. risers are cool as well, but not great for super long rides, but offer a comfy upright position.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:13 AM   #3
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my thoughts:
well, road drops, with hoods are the best option. Most hand positions ftw. Furthermore, if you don't want brake hoods, you could always rock something like the sphinx bars. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaybikes/4912082803/ they're ugly, for sure, but practical.

This aside, I ride bullhorns, and like em just fine. I rarely find the need for riding in the drops for regular street riding, but as I find myself taking longer and longer rides, I finding myself wanting a drop position a little more. I'm considering moving to something along the lines of nitto rb-021s.

never ridden true track drops, but people seem to say that they're not the best for street riding, as the drops aren't that useful (as previously mentioned), but there's usually not a lot of real estate on the top/'flat' parts of the bars.

never ridden risers but i'd imagine skinny risers suck for anything but quick hops around town, or extreme weaving through traffic. I know of a few messengers around boston who actually prefer wider riser bars, as they're A) more comfortable, but B) they provide a larger platform to balance copy boxes and such.

and of course, nitto alone (as well as others) make every imaginable variation of these bars, with slightly varrying reach, drop, sweep angles, etc etc.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:17 AM   #4
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p.s: those uglyass bars are on the new felt tk2. gross.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:18 AM   #5
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I'm a real visual person, so I like risers in traffic and drops on the open road.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:19 AM   #6
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I have bullhorns, I love it because I have to climb a lot of hills where I live.

But John basically covered everything with his post.

I wish I had drops today though, windy windy day, massive headwind wasn't fun.

EDIT:

The Sphinx actually looks like it would be very comfortable to ride on, especially the "hood".
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Old 08-27-10, 01:17 AM   #7
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Track drops aren't so bad, guys.
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nah, they suck

#1 road drops + hoods

#2 I'm digging mustache bars

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Old 08-27-10, 01:34 AM   #9
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Moustache bars with up to 4 hoods. Like 3423254 hand positions.
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Old 08-27-10, 01:58 AM   #10
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I like the riser, but wouldn't mind trying the moustache bars, they look pretty neat:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nittobar7.jpg
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Not so much an "opinion" as "indisputable fact", but these are the best handlebars:



Glad I could help.
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Old 08-27-10, 04:30 AM   #12
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I've tried just about everything and keep gravitating back to risers.
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I like drops with hoods then bullhorns. I like the bullhorns for climbing out of the saddle.
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moustache bars are O.K. They don't realy seem to offer as much body position change as drops. I got dirt drops on right now they seem to be kinda wasteful. You get in the drops and your arms are so far apart, you can't get through headwind very well like that. I'm thinking bullhorns but I realy don't care for the look at all.
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Bullhorns.......
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Bahahaha! Is that a steering wheel?

I love the look of drops, but prefer bullhorns. I don't think I ride aggressively enough to warrant using the hand positions opened up by drop bars. I'd like to try risers tho.
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I wish I had drops today though, windy windy day, massive headwind wasn't fun.
bend ur elbows?
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#2 I'm digging mustache bars
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You got a pict of it on your bike? I am working on setting up a position with it.
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Having multiple hand positions is really important for longer rides. Cuts down on fatigue, and in extreme cases, ulnar nerve damage.

I recommend both a steering wheel and ape hangers:
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well, my favorite is normal bullhorns.

i have track drops, which i think are fine if the whole bar is taped (which i dont have at the moment....just track grips.) i ride in the drops from time to time, but gravitate toward up top and on the bends allot. thinking about just taping the top portion and leaving the track grips on.

for some reason im not that into hoods.

interested in trying some moustache bars, although they seem to run really wide most the time.
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Old 08-27-10, 09:56 AM   #22
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Drops on all my bikes
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Hoodless ergo drops for anything over an hour. I have track drops and it must be a fit thing because they are usable for about 10 minutes. Reach and stem length need to be dialed in.

For total comfort? Risers slay all. I have not tried bullhorns, if they feel like my drops with hoods on my road bike then yeah, great for climbing but risers win for short trips and comfort.
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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/ProductDisplay?storeId=10053&langId=-1&catalogId=10052&productId=175275&cm_mmc=$(referrer)$-_-Bike%20Parts-_-Nashbar-_-NS-MHB&CSE=GooglePS&mr:trackingCode=9F1F1C95-1282-DE11-B7F3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA



My choice in the winter. On sale for 14 bones (56cm only).


I really want to try these tho:




Also, risers plus these:


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Risers are nice and comfy. I like bullhorns too but prefer drops because I like going fast and/or on longer rides! So I use the drop position frequently. So It probably depends on how vigorous you ride normally.
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