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Old 02-24-06, 10:45 AM
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How many of you have the bar perfectly horizontal, so the drop ends point straight back, and how many have it tilted so that the drop ends point at the rear hub, or some other degree? And why?

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My bar ends usually end up pointing at the rear caliper after some fiddling around. That's been the case with most bar setups.

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I currently have the tops of my bars perfectly horizontal and parallel to the ground, and my drops are pointing downwards towards the rear hub. I would prefer some traditional bars, as opposed to the ergos as I find them much more comfortable.

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When I get a bike that fits, I'll let you know. I'm not impressed with the Deda drop angle as it is too steep to use the drops and still have the hoods in a comfy place.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
When I get a bike that fits, I'll let you know. I'm not impressed with the Deda drop angle as it is too steep to use the drops and still have the hoods in a comfy place.
I find that is the issue with me and the Bontrager ergo Race Lite Bar. I'd like to move the hoods up a bit but I think then it will increase the reach to much to the levers in the drops. That's why I'm considering tilting the bars up a bit.
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If you pull a string straight from my bar plugs and follow the bar angle, the string will go directly in line with the rear brake where the pads touch.
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Old 02-24-06, 11:27 AM
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I align my handlebars so that I have a natural angle to my wrist when I'm riding in the drops. That used to happen with the bottom part of the bar pointing toward the rear axle. Now that I have the top of my bars a little higher (1" or 2" lower than the seat) I'm more comfortable with the drops parallel with the ground. Incidentally, with the higher handlebar, I ride in the drops lots more than I used to.
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First setup position on a new frame or bar is always horizontal but they all evolve from there depending on the frame, the bar and the fit.

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Not all bars are created equal.

I have the tops horizontal/level with ground - but my bar ends point somewhere.

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Mine tilt up a bit, but I'm hoping to replace them with traditional drops and get rid of the anatomical crap. I may still tilt them up a bit. I start with the bottoms of the drops level and go from there. Depends on where the hoods end up and the aforementioned reach to the brake lever.
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Mine are tilted slightly towards rear hub but the position is entirely based on what I found through trial and error is a comfortable position to grip them when in the drops.

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Drop straight. After fiddling ~four times with it, I returned it to its original position. This went along with saddle height and horizontal position changes which did not return to original fit. I now feel great. I guess the saddle moves did it.
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C-dale T-800 = top of bars horizontal to the ground, drops point somewhere around the rear hub.

Bianchi Volpe = Top of bar sight angle down, drops pointed about 1/2 way down the seat stays..

Motobecane Century Pro = Drops pointed about around the rear brake.

Different strokes for different folks. (or atleast different preferences based on geometry, seat / bar relationship, purpose of the bike)

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All the flat parts of my drops are horizontal.

The brake hoods make a nice flat surface with the tops.
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I sprint in the drops. I need to be able to shift during a sprint. Therefore mine are horizontal (or nearly so, depending on the bike) so that I can get the most power for my sprint without angling my wrists dangerously.

Another point is not so much the bar angle (though it is important) but brake hood position...I see many who keep their hoods so high on the bars that the levers point well forward of the front axle.
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My drops are almost horizontal now. However, I slid the brake levers up a bit. The drops are more comfortable and so are the hoods. The only problem is brake reach. But if I'm in a situation where I need my brakes I'm usually on the hoods anyway.
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I picked horizontal because my bars are not pointed at the rear hub. I point the flat, bottom-part of the bars down just a couple of degrees. I also set my Campy Ergo levers per the manual and as I have every brake lever for the past 30+ years: tip of the lever about 1/8-inch above the bottom of the bars, using a straight edge.
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Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell
I sprint in the drops. I need to be able to shift during a sprint. Therefore mine are horizontal (or nearly so, depending on the bike) so that I can get the most power for my sprint without angling my wrists dangerously.

Another point is not so much the bar angle (though it is important) but brake hood position...I see many who keep their hoods so high on the bars that the levers point well forward of the front axle.
I think allot of that is attributed to Lance. He sets his levers real high on the bar and I think allot of people have copied it. I find it more comfortable to have the levers higher when I ride on the hoods, I can sit up a bit more, but in the drops I don't have an effective reach to the levers, so I don't raise the levers. Better to be safe and efficent than comfortable in one riding position.
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Mine are pointed down a little, but that's more of a function of the bars themselves than anything else. I'm also looking to move to a more traditional bar because I have a set on my beater and I like the feel in the drops a lot better on that bike.
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