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Old 10-11-10, 07:02 PM   #1
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Straights or Drops

I am building a new bike and i don't know weather to get straight handlebars or drops, I like the look and feel of both so this makes it really hard to decide (im leaning towards drops) . What do you prefer?
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Old 10-11-10, 07:09 PM   #2
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Drops are pretty good have a lot of positsons.
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Depends on how the weather is outside.

I prefer drops.
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Old 10-11-10, 07:51 PM   #4
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get both and then ride them each around for a while. theyre not exactly expensive - assuming you have a 31.8 stem risers can be found for under 30, and dimension shallow road drops are about the same. plus, for the one you dont like, craigslist it for 20.
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what about bullhorns. IMHO best of both worlds if you ride mostly on the flat or the hoods... though i've been riding down in the drops more and more on my bike that still has them
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Depends what you'll be using it for. I prefer drops unless I want the leverage of straight bars (mountain biking, winter riding, etc.)
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Old 10-12-10, 12:42 AM   #7
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Drops + levers.
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I like drops.

The funny thing is most people I know that have drops never use them. Always riding on the top of the bars. Kinda pointless to have them.
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Whichever you feel is more comfortable.
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what about bullhorns. IMHO best of both worlds if you ride mostly on the flat or the hoods... though i've been riding down in the drops more and more on my bike that still has them
they have some of the hand poisitions of each but to say the best of both worlds? hardly, if you like flat bars and you like riding on the top of the hoods of road brakes then bullhorns have everything you want, but you still lack a few positions of drops, i have atleast 6 different positions i use in my drops, i rode nitto rb021 bullhorns for years(and loved them) but i only had 5 hand positions, flats offer one, pretty much any bar attached to your stem will offer all the advantages of a flat bar(aside from aesthetics), obviously it's different bars for different riders/ types of riding but between drops and a flat bar i say go with the drops,

the lack of numbness in your hands the first time you ride over ten miles will be proof you went the right direction
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Drops + levers.
there it is, everything flats, bullhorns, and drops have to offer
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will offer all the advantages of a flat bar(aside from aesthetics)....
how about the width. you can go wider with flats and risers then with drops + co. i like flat bars a lot, for hills as well as flat. two hand positions are enough.
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Old 10-12-10, 09:12 AM   #13
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drops

i really dislike straights
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bosporus is my favorite strait, but gibraltar and bering are solid too.
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Get drops if you ride fast, get flatbars if you ride not-so-fast. Simple as that.
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Get drops if youre smart, get flatbars if you ride not-so-smart. Simple as that.
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I definitely prefer drops on my current bike, but on other bikes with longer top tubes i ran risers and straights so i didn't feel so stretched out.
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Drops for reasons already stated above.
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bosporus is my favorite strait, but gibraltar and bering are solid too.
I prefer the Georgia Strait or the Straight.
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I like bullhorns, but of your choices, i'd choose the drops because I can't stand flat bars.
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how about the width. you can go wider with flats and risers then with drops + co. i like flat bars a lot, for hills as well as flat. two hand positions are enough.
i can't think of any fixed gear or track bike i've seen in the last few months that had a flatbar wider than 48cm and drops in the width aren't hard to come by, how wide do you ride?
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I've tried just about everything and prefer risers. Lame, I know.
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risers with aero bars.
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I like drops for the different positions.
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Start with moustache bars. Add aero bars and a lowrider-style gold chain steering wheel. Then, if your steerer tube is long enough, install another stem for apehangers. Top it off with a pair of bar ends.

Or just go with drops.
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