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Old 08-27-07, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hispanic Handlebars

I see a lot of hispanics on really cool old school road bikes all over So. Cal. One thing puzzles me though and I have to ask. What is with flipping the drop bars 90 degrees?
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Old 08-27-07, 09:06 PM   #2
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More comfortable ride.
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One thing puzzles me though and I have to ask. What is with flipping the drop bars 90 degrees?
If you flip them 90 degrees, they're no longer drop bars.
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Old 08-27-07, 10:40 PM   #4
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Flipping up the drop bars been done since the 60's. Some people just like a more upright riding position without giving up the speed of a road bike. Plus they get the leverage to jump curbs and whatnot...makes it easier to talk to the chicks too and keep your balance at ultra slow speeds...lol...without having to buy or make new handlebars.

Seen some nice custom or rebent dropbars with the drop bends flared out 30 to 45 for a natural handshake grip instead of the usual straight up and down dropbars. For some traditionalists, they may not like the "flared out" look, but the riders say it's more comfy over long distances if you are in the drops a lot. It doesn't seem to be that much wider when you get up close and look at it.
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thats racist.
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Old 08-28-07, 07:36 AM   #7
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nothing jumps like the "sledge hammer".

As for turning the drops 90 degrees, wasn't that done in QuickSilver too?

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It's so they can hang shopping bags off them. Also, so that when they're bringing their hombres borrachos back from la discoteque o el garaje del otros amigos borrachos, they can sit on the bars and wedge their ass in between los drops.

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I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I have 14 bikes and two of my handlebars are French, two are Italian, one is English and all the rest are Asian...
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Old 08-28-07, 08:31 AM   #11
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I've been to Home Depot ok...I'm not racist
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I've been to Home Depot ok...I'm not racist

I think the bikes are already set up like that when they stole them.

I'm not racist. I hate everyone.

On a semi-more serious note, the Home Depot in Temple City/Rosemead off of Lower Azusa has got a good system going on. You know how there is usually a large congregant of Hispanic workers looking for construction work at Home Depot? Well, at this one, they roped off a section of the parking lot, have the EZ-UPs going on with picnic tables underneath, a statue of some holy figure (Virgin Mary?) up for blessing/prayer/etc., a grill to fire up the carne asada, I presume, and porta potties. Figured that if they were going to be there, might as well make it more presentable and offer them a few comfort/necessity items, presumably also to preserve good relations with the store's neighbors.

Ok, back on topic - I've seen them quite often in this part of town as well -perhaps they set them up because they use the bikes primarily for transportation to and from work/errands/etc., and as that is the primary mode of transportation, comfort/ease of use is of priority over aerodynamics.
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On a semi-more serious note, the Home Depot in Temple City/Rosemead off of Lower Azusa has got a good system going on. You know how there is usually a large congregant of Hispanic workers looking for construction work at Home Depot? Well, at this one, they roped off a section of the parking lot, have the EZ-UPs going on with picnic tables underneath, a statue of some holy figure (Virgin Mary?) up for blessing/prayer/etc., a grill to fire up the carne asada, I presume, and porta potties.
Woah, that's pretty fancy.
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Dammit! Why didn't anyone tell me all the Hispanics are doing it? I better turn my bars before my homies diss me!
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Old 08-28-07, 07:00 PM   #15
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I didn't know I was Hispanic. Wait till my parents find out.

It was for comfort. Back in the 70's, I used to have mine turned up but then I only rode it to the beach and back. Before beach crusiers and mountian bikes. WOW am I that old?
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I didn't know I was Hispanic. Wait till my parents find out.

It was for comfort. Back in the 70's, I used to have mine turned up but then I only rode it to the beach and back. Before beach crusiers and mountian bikes. WOW am I that old?

How was your birthday Felipe?
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Old 08-28-07, 09:21 PM   #17
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Ask a question that has to do with a culturally unique (at least in my area) adaptation to a road bike and you're a racist...are you missing a couple chromosomes or something?
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Hey Beanz,

It was great. The family was over on Sunday. My excuse for missing the GRM ride.They wouldn't have been happy if I missed it or was late for the party. You know how non-riding family members can be.

The actual day was Monday. I ride a mile per year on my birthday. So, after finishing the ride and looking at my odometer I guess I'm only 36 this year, damn I look old for 36. Every mile seemed to be a struggle. Too many beers the night before I guess. I would have been better off laying on the beach.
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Hey Beanz,

It was great. The family was over on Sunday. My excuse for missing the GRM ride.They wouldn't have been happy if I missed it or was late for the party. You know how non-riding family members can be.

The actual day was Monday. I ride a mile per year on my birthday. So, after finishing the ride and looking at my odometer I guess I'm only 36 this year, damn I look old for 36. Every mile seemed to be a struggle. Too many beers the night before I guess. I would have been better off laying on the beach.

Hahahahaha! You just gave me the bright idea to make my self 25 again next year!
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It works both ways you know. Last year i went over and was 52. maybe that is why I didn't get as much riding in as the year before.
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It works both ways you know. Last year i went over and was 52. maybe that is why I didn't get as much riding in as the year before.
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Old 08-28-07, 10:23 PM   #22
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I see a lot of hispanics on really cool old school road bikes all over So. Cal. One thing puzzles me though and I have to ask. What is with flipping the drop bars 90 degrees?
A true puzzlement!

Though not as puzzling to me as the chubby gabachos on the zillion-peso ultra-light road bikes I see huffing up PCH near Malibu. What is with the gordos and their 20-pound gunts, rolling the light bikes?

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Old 08-28-07, 10:40 PM   #23
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Isn't "gabachos" a perjorative term for white guys? Do you really want to go there?
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I would suggest that some of the earlier responses in this thread could be read as pejorative toward "Hispanics" (a term which in itself is viewed by some as being pejorative -- e.g., people with no Spanish bloodlines who are lumped under that category).

Yes, I'll go there.

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But at least I had the discretion to edit out the part about "Lyrca-clad jotos," since I was the one ragging on people bagging on gays elsewhere.
Except that, from what I remember, nobody was bagging on gays.
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