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Old 01-25-07, 12:46 PM
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Drops, Flats or something else?

I've been riding my 24 mile round trip commute to work on an older (early 90's?) Bianchi Avenue (entry level hybrid). I really have no complaints with it but would like to upgrade to something nicer/faster. I'm just not sure what type of handle bars I want. My present bike has short riser bars and I feel very safe on it. I've ridden drops before (without problems) but haven't now for many years. Besides actually riding some drop bar bikes to see how one likes them, what else should be considered in handle bar choice?

One idea I had is to buy an older used drop bar bike for cheap, so I can ride it for an extended period to help me decide before buying the better bike. As long as the "test" bike fits me, is this a good plan? I don't want to take the plunge ($$$) only to find out later I should have bought a flat bar bike instead. Is converting a bike over one way or the other feasible? It seems like it may be impractical or expensive.

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bullhorns are fun, and moustache bars are teh sexay.

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Its way cheaper to convert from drops to flatbars than the other way, so I'd go drops if you're unsure.
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Did flats for years and much prefer drops.
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+1 Drops. Bullhorns leave you with one position. Moustache bars are a compromise.
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gotta be drops for me. I've been using flats on my mtb since I started riding 5 months ago on my commute which is a similar distance to yours, and I must say that I hate windy days and the amount of drag an upright posture creates.
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Flats FTW. However, I am looking seriously at bullhorns, specifically a flip/chop...
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GMC Denali $149 at Wally World. Read the long term review done recently..
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How about North Road bars? A lot of people swear by them and they give a nice look to hybrids. I found this pic elsewhere on BF, but I think it belongs to Sheldon.

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Best thing you can do is geat as much seattime on different bikes as you can.

My current opinion is:

- flatbar - ok
- drops - good
- bullhorn - worthless
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