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Old 09-08-13, 05:54 PM
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I like compact bars, but maybe for a a couple different reasons than some of the others stated above. My philosophy is that the drops should be as low as possible to still be useable for a sustainable distance regardless of drop type. The advantage IME with compact bars is that for this given drop position the hood position is lower relative to a bigger dropbar so I end up spending more overall time in a lower more aerodynamic position. If I can ride the drops comfortably for 30+ mins then the hoods are no problem, and I hardly ever find myself needing to sit completely upright like a lot of riders I see do, so even the tops are relatively aero compared to a bigger drop. If I do need to sit all the way up its usually when I'm relaxing and stretching out so I just go no hands.
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