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Is It a Mortal Sin to Ditch Drop Bars for Upright Bars?

Old 05-25-22, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
If it means you'll ride the bike more, it's a positive change.


(Bike with Schwinn Sting-Ray bars installed, being ridden) > (same bike with Pista bars, sitting in basement)

I'm 5 years older than OP, still fighting to continue using drop bars... but we all know how it ends.
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Old 05-25-22, 10:03 AM
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I say do whatever you want--it's no mortal sin.

Personally, I would never subject my Supercorsa to the humiliation of upright bars and fat tires. When it comes time for me to go that route, I'll just get another bike made for such comforts. The N+1 of necessity.
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Old 05-25-22, 10:12 AM
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I have bullhorns on a Masi and a Caylor. They're just fine. Do WTF makes you happy.
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Old 05-25-22, 10:23 AM
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Whole thread of sinners right here! Show us your drop to upright bar conversions

I have converted a couple road bikes to flat bars for city commuting. With flat bars it's much easier to keep your head on a swivel to see the cars and peds around you.
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Old 05-25-22, 12:50 PM
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And this thread is full of them...primarily vintage mtb's but also other bikes.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...rsions-37.html


I just finished this build from bare frame last evening and test rode this morning.

Success!
I like it a lot.

From one also in his early 70's taller stems and upright bars just work for me.

The last few years I've install a few drop bars which I pretty much exclusively rode in my younger years but I invariably then swap back to upright.
My riding style has changed and I equip a bike to be comfortable for me.

Enjoy whichever works for you.

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Old 05-25-22, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Larry650 View Post
Title says it all. I did put Nitto touring bars on my 1988 Trek 400.
At 71 years, I'm not into aerodynamics of drop bars.
I just hope I'm not committing some sort of bicycle etiquette felony.
Making changes to a bike in order to appreciate it more is what I'd expect someone to do. The only sin is for an otherwise good bike to sit idle.
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Old 05-25-22, 01:03 PM
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Around here, we're all going to hell due to avarice, so you probably ought to do whatever you want.
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Old 05-25-22, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
Personally, I would never subject my Supercorsa to the humiliation of upright bars and fat tires. When it comes time for me to go that route, I'll just get another bike made for such comforts. The N+1 of necessity.
Personal choice isn't the only thing keeping you from putting fat tires on you Supercorsa, but I understand your point. At 52, I'm younger than many of the people on this forum (though not as fit as many who are older), and I'm already perceiving an unfortunate disconnect between my love of Italian racing bikes and the trajectory of my physical reality. I've expanded the number of more touring/randoneur type bikes I own since realizing this, but I'm willing to subject most of my bikes (racing pedigree or no) to whatever makes me want to ride them. In most cases, low gearing and bars level with the stem is sufficient for where I am now. Ten years from now, who knows?
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Old 05-25-22, 01:38 PM
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Do whatever keeps you on the bike and doesn't involve a hack saw or Dremel. If it's some sort of rare or special bike that is otherwise original, maybe keep the parts so you can make it original again, but beyond that go nuts.
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Old 05-25-22, 02:40 PM
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I'm thinking of putting what we used to call in the 70's Ape Hangers on my Conago arabesque milli- vanilli texican special and then i'm going to enter it into the concurs de elegante lacke'.. any comments??

The bars are from a Schwin Stingray replica.. lol

but in all seriousity, i like those moustache type bars on a 70's bike.. there of a certain age cool.. those butterfly bars in the comments are an abomination though, where can i get some?
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Old 05-25-22, 03:35 PM
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as long as it is not flat bars, as flat bars are evil bad ergonomics that are functional for mountain bikes, but have no place on a road bike

now get off my lawn you whipper snappers
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Old 05-25-22, 04:49 PM
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Several years ago in a "Show your Pegoretti" thread on another forum, a member posted pics of his Peg with a flat bar. He received a ton of negative responses, but they all shut up when Dario (RIP) responded.



What a class act. And if Dario approves, well.....
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Old 05-25-22, 05:10 PM
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All my riders have uprights or I can't ride them for very long. I do ride every incoming bike with it's stock bars and I do find it interesting, but I get really happy when some porteur bars are on it!
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Old 05-25-22, 05:51 PM
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Short pull brake levers on long pull brake is a sin, as is the opposite. Get that right and you're golden.
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Old 05-25-22, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Choke View Post
Several years ago in a "Show your Pegoretti" thread on another forum, a member posted pics of his Peg with a flat bar. He received a ton of negative responses, but they all shut up when Dario (RIP) responded.



What a class act. And if Dario approves, well.....
I love that!!
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Old 05-25-22, 07:38 PM
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So we can safely say it's never a mortal sin to ride any bike. (almost)
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Old 05-25-22, 07:51 PM
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Only thing you might want to consider when making that conversion is a saddle that's appropriate for upright riding. From experience, I'll say that the Fujita Belt is brutal as an upright rider.



Fujita Belt Saddle, not an upright saddle.
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Old 05-25-22, 09:03 PM
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The only real sin I can think of is describing your bike and not including a picture. We love drive side pics. That saddle is unusual, a Zinbalde
This is the only one I have gotten new photo of, sorry only update I have. Saddle is unusual, Zimbale, bought in Australia and find it serves well even in the more upright position.
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Old 05-25-22, 09:21 PM
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I think I will eventually move to a set of trekking bars for the hand position options.
How upright are you talking......THIS upright?

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Old 05-26-22, 01:35 AM
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Larry650 I'm 68 (right behind you). I'm currently taking a framebuilding class, but brought a bike to ride (on a previous visit I brought my Griffon for fitting), my Dawes. I'm just bopping around, as I don't have a ton of spare time to ride. It's very comfy. I'm sure it came with drop bars when new, but my current cockpit is decidedly less sporty. That's the good thing about n+1. Not every bike has to fit all the bike niches in your life.

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Old 05-26-22, 04:22 AM
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So many Sinners, so little time. Confess your sins is the right thing to do. Do you want to do your penance now or later?
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Only a venal sin.
Go forth and spread the word Brother Larry.
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Old 05-26-22, 05:58 AM
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Italian Condorino bars
that is what I will use

plenty of retired race bikes in Italy are so fitted
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Old 05-26-22, 06:11 AM
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Or you could just keep your drops and flip them over.

Just kidding!
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Only reason I have drops on a bike is when I use barcons, for some reason it just works for me.

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