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Anyone still using "classic bend" round drop bars ?

Old 04-12-07, 09:18 AM
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Anyone still using "classic bend" round drop bars ?

Hi All,

Mulling trying out a set of classic bend drop bars.....I have anatomical drop bars now but I don't find the actual drops on them very comfortable....You either are on the anatomical bend or the flats. I'm thinking that with the uniform round drop I'll be able to vary my hands up and down the bends depending on whether I need to have my fingers on the brakes or not......

Anyone stilling using them ? ...and what's your opinion/experience with them ???

Thanks !

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Old 04-12-07, 09:23 AM
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i thought the same thing and went back to my traditional bars for about two months. just couldn't get used to 'em. i finally went back to my anatomical bend bars. i just like 'em better
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Originally Posted by smoke
i thought the same thing and went back to my traditional bars for about two months. just couldn't get used to 'em. i finally went back to my anatomical bend bars. i just like 'em better

....so what exactly was it that you could not get used to ???
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i like my normal round bars
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Originally Posted by ivegotabike
i like my normal round bars
+1
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Originally Posted by smoke
i thought the same thing and went back to my traditional bars for about two months. just couldn't get used to 'em. i finally went back to my anatomical bend bars. i just like 'em better
anyone got a nice set of round bend bars, 42 width ctc, and 26.0 clamp size, I'm in the market !
swap for anatomics or will pay reasonable amount in dollars americanos or paypal... PM me
need em, NOW!
I've scoured the local LBSs and their antique attics are cleaned out!
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+1 for "round bars" too. I have three road bikes, and the two nice ones have round bars. I like the fact that I can decide for myself where I want to put my hands. Why should that be dictated by a designer?? I find that if I can adjust my grip position as I like it helps reduce fatigue.

That said, I bought a cheap Nashbar anatomic bar for my commuter. Since I pretty much live on the hoods on that one, the anatomic drops don't bother me (and the shape of the Nashbar handlebars is actually not bad, better than others I've used!!)
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Old 04-12-07, 09:50 AM
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I've got classic drops on my road bike and fixie: don't think I'd ever go back to anatomical bars.
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I have an early 80's Bianchi, so yeah, classic bend
Never ridden others.... but they look weird to me. I think I'll stick with mine till I have a reason to change.
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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
....so what exactly was it that you could not get used to ???
i just like the flat section under my palms better. i ride in the drops a lot and it's just more comfortable for me with the flat part. i also like the anatomical section to pull on when i'm climbing out of the saddle or sprinting. go figure - i think you'll find almost all sprinters prefer the traditional round bar. maybe this is why i'm a lousy sprinter
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i tried anatomic bars but found the drops uncomfortable. i really prefer the shallow, classic bend.
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Old 04-12-07, 09:57 AM
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I have round drops on my fixie, and they're ok for running around town, but I wouldn't want to spend any extended period of time in the drops without anatomical bends.
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Bontrager sells the classic round ones.
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I think Ritchey makes classic ones.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Bontrager sells the classic round ones.
Yeah i have those. Really comfortable!
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Deda newtons and 215's are also very good.
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i just bought 3 set's of ritchey classic carbon bars. very, very comfy.

oval concepts also makes a nice classic bar.

i used to use the anatomic bars but just recently switched.
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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
Anyone stilling using them ? ...and what's your opinion/experience with them ???
What's old is new again... the most modern bar design going right now is the short and shallow with classic racer bend... Easton makes two, Ritchey makes two, FSA makes three... lot's of companies went that route last year... I personally love them. The classic bend offers more hand positions, not less. Ergo is more limiting because there are a set few positions and that's it. The short and shallow design is great too, because I spend a bunch of my time in the hills... Basso runs a short n' shallow if I'm not mistaken...
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+1 on Deda Newtons.
I have Deda's on one bike, and anatomic bend on another bike. I like them both.
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I have Deda 215's, Newtons (anatomic) and Supernaturals...I think I like the Supernaturals the best, but the Newtons aren't half bad either. The Supernatural is a great bar....they are all anatomic bars on my bikes, to note.
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In have a small stock pile of cinelli 64's and 66's and I think nitto stil makes a traditional maes bend...

I like how the old cinellis make me allways ride in the drops
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Cinelli 66's, deep drop, traditional bend.... A-1!!!!
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anyone make a classic bend wing bar?
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Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
Hi All,

Mulling trying out a set of classic bend drop bars.....I have anatomical drop bars now but I don't find the actual drops on them very comfortable....You either are on the anatomical bend or the flats. I'm thinking that with the uniform round drop I'll be able to vary my hands up and down the bends depending on whether I need to have my fingers on the brakes or not......

Anyone stilling using them ? ...and what's your opinion/experience with them ???

Thanks !

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I agree. I just changed handlebars from one Deda anatomic to another and I should have gone round.
If you go out on the web and research it, many long time cyclists still prefer round bars. Keep in mind there are many considerations. Shallow drop bars generally have shorter reach. Radius of curl is affected by your palm width and of course affects amount of drop. Then there is width of course.
I will make a change at some point as well.
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Ritchey WCS Classic. Comes in deep and shallow drops. I have the shallows and they are super comfortable.
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