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Old 07-03-12, 12:22 AM   #1
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Bullhorn vs. Drop Bar Handlebars, which do you guys reccomend? Also Pedals?

Both of them are about the same price for me to upgrade, looking for a 25.4mm one. I can get some rather cheap ones on the Bay or other places around the $20-30 range. Weight it not a factor, but any recommendations on a cheaper one?

I was looking at this one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Bike-F...item19c57ffabb

Or this:

http://www.amazon.com/Dimension-Road...=25.4+drop+bar

I have mainly rode the flat-bar and the drop bars before, never tried the bullhorn, so it will be new to me. What do you guys think?

For the Pedals, I was thinking:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

or

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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http://www.cutebikes.net/ On the component page.

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Old 07-03-12, 12:28 AM   #2
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everyone is different, but i prefer to ride bullhorns on my fg

yes i tried track drops (best looking), flat and riser bars...bullhorn wins for me
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Old 07-03-12, 12:30 AM   #3
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Bullhorns for me. But I heard compact road drops with hoods are the best; they offer the most hand positions.
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everyone is different, but i prefer to ride bullhorns on my fg

yes i tried track drops (best looking), flat and riser bars...bullhorn wins for me
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Bullhorns for me. But I heard compact road drops with hoods are the best; they offer the most hand positions.
What do you guys think of that Bullhorn from the Bay? Any good then? In my previous thread I said that I picked up the WM $100 FG/SS, so
I will likely just reuse the stock brakes on the new bars.
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Old 07-03-12, 12:36 AM   #5
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i'd stick to the usual suspects such as Nitto, if you want something affordable try Origin8 thats what i used to have
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i'd stick to the usual suspects such as Nitto, if you want something affordable try Origin8 thats what i used to have
Ok kool, I will ask the LBS for a price tomorrow. Hopefully, they sell it at the Origin 8 prices. But knowing some of my LBS, it could be a good markup.
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You should check these out. Always been a little interested in them, but I have never seen anyone riding them. Be the guinea pig.

They look like they would be pretty nice if you like dropped bullhorns. They also come in white, like the bullhorns you linked us to.

http://www.fyxation.com/products/catalog/rodeo-pursuit-bullhorn-bar


http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=47860

Edit: Not to be mean or rude, but I honestly wouldn't put any more money into that Thruster you got there. However, it is your bike, so do as you please.

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Also, I guess I should ask as well, what length should I get? For either Bullhorn or Drop Bars?
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You should check these out. Always been a little interested in them, but I have never seen anyone riding them. Be the guinea pig.

They look like they would be pretty nice if you like dropped bullhorns. They also come in white, like the bullhorns you linked us to.

http://www.fyxation.com/products/catalog/rodeo-pursuit-bullhorn-bar


http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...s.php?id=47860

Edit: Not to be mean or rude, but I honestly wouldn't put any more money into that Thruster you got there. However, it is your bike, so do as you please.
I think these small upgrades are fine, because if I were to upgrade bikes, I can easily swap these parts as well. Plus, it is only like $20-30, so it is not too bad. And I know exactly what you mean, nothing rude or mean here. It is a cheap bike.

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Handle bars are a very personal choice, some people like drops, I like bull horns. You also need to consider your width and reach of the handle bars. Some people like to stretch out some like more upright. As for pedals, I recommend going for MKS instead, I believe they'll last you a bit longer. (they are serviceable.)

Personally, I find flat bull horns with a medium/short stretch the more comfy. I don't like them dropping like the rodeo pursuits.

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Old 07-03-12, 02:49 AM   #11
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Personally, I find flat bull horns with a medium/short stretch the more comfy. I don't like them dropping like the rodeo pursuits.
Same here. These work for me:

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...9&category=721
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Don't overlook stem length if you're trying bullhorns for the first time. A stem for bullhorns will typically be very short compared to one you would use for other types of bars (due to the long reach/extension of the horns). If you find yourself stretched out too far, your stem may be too long.

ben4345 has got the right idea with MKS pedals. I like the MKS Sylvan Touring pedals a lot. The bearings are very solid and the pedals are sexy.
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Drop bars offer more hand positions than bullhorns, so if you're on the bike for any length of time, you'll likely find drop bars more useful.

Keep in mind that bullhorn bars were designed for a specific purpose: relatively short, fast races where rider comfort was less of a priority than aerodynamics and speed.
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MKS pedals are good to go
Bullhorn width is up to your shoulder/body size
and yes u def have to consider your effective top tube and stem length, as another member mentioned, some want to be more aero/stretched out, personally i have flat bullhorns and a short stem i like to be a bit more upright, im not trying to beat any land speed records lmao
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Well, I found a set of pedals, the Marketplace had a set of pedals for $12 from a Kilo TT, soi took them. Hopefully they are not too bad, metal with straps.
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Well, I found a set of pedals, the Marketplace had a set of pedals for $12 from a Kilo TT, soi took them. Hopefully they are not too bad, metal with straps.
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I have bullhorns on my aero racer & drops on my Lotus. It really depends on how stretched out you wanna be most of the time and if you tend to ride upright or low. I prefer drops for the extra hand positions and different rider positions for lean over distances.
For my fixed, I have mustache bars. Not practical and I wouldn't put them on my main rider. Funky fun though.
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For my fixed, I have mustache bars. Not practical and I wouldn't put them on my main rider. Funky fun though.

Yeah plus then you can yell (while riding) "whoooo wants a mustache ride?!!"

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How so?
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How so?
The Kilo TT pedals are pretty much the worst part on a stock Kilo.

They are really bad, but who knows? They may be an upgrade.
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The Kilo TT pedals are pretty much the worst part on a stock Kilo.

They are really bad, but who knows? They may be an upgrade.
I understand, but for the price they were the cheapest for a set of metal pedal.
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I think giving them is fun. Never received one though, and don't plan to.

I'm a fan of road drops, personally.
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i wasn't calling the concept/act behind it gross, just the euphemism "mustache ride" and the idea of someone catcalling me/other women with it.
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Yeah plus then you can yell (while riding) "whoooo wants a mustache ride?!!"
Lol! I'm a girl though, so that is even funnier.
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