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Old 07-13-07, 10:50 PM
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Handle Bar Question

First Let me say- you are right. I direct that to the masses who swear by "real" bikes and tried to bring me into the fold. I commute 5 mi each way and I've been doing it on a 2004 DB Wildwood. This week I bought a used Specialized Rockhopper and words cannot describe how much better the whole experience is.

I can feel every bit of energy I put into the peddling transfered into motion on the bike. It is smooth and fun. I understand now. I wish I hadn't stubbornly refused to join the LBS crowd sooner. WOW

That said, the new bike has a flat handlebar and being used to the raised bar of the DB it is a little odd. Would I lose much efficiency by putting the upturned bar on the specialized? I know it would put me more upright, but I'm not experienced enough to know how much more drag the extra comfort will cause.

Thank for the help
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I'd say give the flat bars a week, if you don't like them, then you should go for the more upright bars.
You might feel slower again with a more upright position. But then again since you are more comfortable/confident in that position, it might allow you to push harder.

It might be odd at first, but honestly, give it a try and you might like the stock flat bars better.
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Maybe you just need a different stem. That could help your comfort level a lot.
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=318629
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That thread may be of help.
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Old 07-14-07, 02:07 PM
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flatbars hurt your wrists if your leaning forward. i have a flatbar mb\commuter that does this but i'm not changing it because it would hurt the looks and my commute is relatively short. i did change out the flatbar on my roadbike in favor of a comuter style bar for long rides. it works great. flat bar should be ok if your not putting weight on your wrists.
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I have a chronic bad back (three operations so far) and I will tell you that I ride with road type handlebars that are slightly below my saddle height at their (the bar's) highest point. About half the time I ride up on the hoods and about half the time I ride down on the drops which are well below my saddle. I know getting used to being in that crouch position takes some getting use to but the benifits are tremendous as my legs and back do so much less work when I'm not in a position that catches the wind.

That "comfort" position you refer to is great for some parts of your body, but a position that creates less drag has some comfort benifits too.
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Old 07-14-07, 02:31 PM
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Do what feels best. Dropped bars are the most efficient in wind and at high speeds, but efficiency means nothing if you are too uncomfortable to ride.

Quite frankly, I don't understand your question (not because you are writing unclearly, but because of my own ignorance), but if you can afford the $$$ to experiment with a different set up, try it. If it works better, keep it. If it's worse, switch back.

Also, if you buy the stuff at an LBS, they are more likely to be willing to accept a return.
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The only "real" bike is the one that you are happy with You might want to also try some gloves with padded palms.
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