Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

drop handlebars suck

Old 12-22-04, 11:10 AM
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It's good! Sweet ride, very nice!
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Old 12-22-04, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15
Damn, that bike is phat! I would use cork tape rather than mtb grip. I might add Salsa Intercepter lever on the front brake so I could slow down in the cruising position, but more likely would get used to the set-up as is before I got around to spending on more brake levers.
I did actually buy some more bar tape and it would look better perhaps but long rubber grips are a lot more shock absorbing and I think they will help a lot more with making the bike comfortable (and they dont look bad). The bar tape was one thing that didnt help with the drop bars I think. It just doesn´t aborb. So the bar tape is up on ebay along with the drop bars.

I´ll look at the brake levers but the bar is getting a bit crowded.
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Old 12-22-04, 11:40 AM
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Cool, especially if the rubber covers both hand positions. I thought you were putting on mtb grips. Show pix when it's done (as if I had to ask ).
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Old 12-22-04, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by robertsdvd
besides the bullhorns will allow me a better place to mount my internal gear shifter... that's right - internal gears... I have a gear hub on my road frame too - you have a problem with that too?
I remember Sheldon did something like this. I would love to take an old steel frame with horizontal dropouts and make a 3 speed out of it. Please post a pic.
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I would love to do that to a modern bike...vert dropouts and all. add fenders, chainguard, and make a nice commuter.
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Old 12-23-04, 06:47 PM
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if anyone is still interested here is the (almost final) result of my conversion. The LBS didnt have any more of the long rubber grips so I just put the old bar tape from the drop bars on for now. I havent taken it for a long ride yet but I just had a quick blast up the road and it felt good. It felt more right somehow.

The cost of the conversion was not as bad as I had feared- I bought a Syntace Stratos 200 bar about 50 euros- brake cables 5 euros, the Profile Design Quick Stop 2 brakes about 45 euros. the Paul component thumbies 80 USD (60 Euros) and the barcons (about 50 euros on ebay)=total of 210 euros. On the plus side I sold the STI shifters and the handlebar (about 135 euros) on ebay.

So the whole thing only cost about 75 euros (just over 100 dollars) so far.
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You done good royalflash. Nice bike!
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Old 12-23-04, 10:41 PM
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All of this is interesting but why not just start out with a flat bar bike that is fit properly? I also got tired of my wrists aching after long rides. I did alot of research and ended up buying a 2004 Specialized Sirrrus Pro that was a leftover for a good deal. The bike is much more comfortable and as long as I'm not riding into a headwind I get a much better view as a plus. When you do hit a headwind you can grab the bars on either side of the stem to minimize frontal area. You also get real grips, a carbon fiber bar, and shifters and brakes that you can use simultaneously.

Just my .02
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Old 12-23-04, 10:52 PM
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He's riding Alpe d'Huez tricked out. You're on a stock Sirrus. If you gotta ask. you don't get it.
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Originally Posted by royalflash
I thought of that and it is possible but there was not much brake clearance and it did not look very nice (even sillier ) also I couldnt get the brakes on the sides that I wanted. Also I didnt really like the Ultegra STI´s from a maintenance point of view. I like to work on my on bike and they seem quite overly complex and difficult to work on. You cant fully dissasemble them for example.

So I decided to do it properly and get rid of the STI´s.
If I ever can't manage with the drop bars, I'll be switching to a short rise comfort bike bar setup, with MTB shifters, brakes, and bar ends. I can tell right away that your setup wouldn't work for me, I can't get that far forward, but your bike would really make me stop and say "SWEET!!!".
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Old 12-24-04, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by 80sMutRider
Dear Major Taylor,

I ride an old 80's bike. I use this bike because I can. I love this bike. I haven't raced in a while, but I still have a bike set to race. Do you know why I have a bike like this? Because I took the time to fix it up. I had the satisfaction of putting an entire winter of wrench time on the thing. I could just buy a bike from my LBS and go off doing the Die-Hard thing, climbing hills, tailing cars, heck I could even pass them if I was half the man that you were. But I'm not. I just see all these bikes at yard sales that are falling apart, and I buy them, I fix them up and I give them another year of rides. I let those bikes become bikes again. I always end up selling them for less than I put into them. But it's the principle of doing the work that I ride these bikes for. I love road bikes, I love racing, but that's not what drives me to use these types of bikes. A true passion drives me, a passion to create, and if that means that I'm not the RAMBO of bikes, I guess that I'm with others on this board.

Sorry we all can't be all muscle-brained like you.

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wow....that sounds like fun....I know a guy who does the same thing but gives the fixed bikes to low income kids.
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Originally Posted by wannaride
All of this is interesting but why not just start out with a flat bar bike that is fit properly? I also got tired of my wrists aching after long rides. I did alot of research and ended up buying a 2004 Specialized Sirrrus Pro that was a leftover for a good deal. The bike is much more comfortable and as long as I'm not riding into a headwind I get a much better view as a plus. When you do hit a headwind you can grab the bars on either side of the stem to minimize frontal area. You also get real grips, a carbon fiber bar, and shifters and brakes that you can use simultaneously.

Just my .02
This is a bit like the irishman when he was asked by somone "how do I get to Dublin" and the irishman replied "well if I was you sor I wouldnt start from here".

When I bought the Lemond I didnt intend to modify it but when I ridden the bike for a while it became clear that some modification was needed. I should have done some more research, bike fitting and test rides but you live and learn. Anyway I am happy with the result now. The Specialized Sirrus pro is a nice practical commuter but I already have one of those. I have not seen a stock flat bar racing bike that is as nice as my Lemond. It also makes the bike special to have a one-off customized bike.

Probably if I bought the Sirrus I would end up modifying it in some way anyway .
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I ride my road bike, but also have a comfort bike, and his description of how it feels to ride on one of these after using a road bike all the time is very good. Anyway, one of the reasons I want to buy a flatbar road bike is that they come with v-brakes, and are cheaper because they don't have STI's. But I still haven't decided.

Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
Ah, the joys of a "girlie" bike. I took my eight year nephew for a bike ride to do some Christmas shopping Sunday. A choice between riding one of my 80ish road bikes, or his mom's "girlie" beach cruiser. Big, cushy tires. Wide, sprung saddle. Huge steel handlebars.

So, we had a nice ride to the mall. Sitting up straight, I could look at the holiday decorations on homes along the way. The big tires and saddle made it feel like I was relaxing on a sofa. The "girlie" frame made the endless waiting at red lights a bit easier - just step down and watch the traffic flow by. All we had with us was a cable lock - but, no worries. Who would steal a "girlie" bike?

Coming home, the wide bars did a good job of carrying our shopping bags. Most enjoyable ride of the week - thank goodness for "girlie" bikes.

Riding bikes is about "suffering" and "pain"? Well, that is ONE way to ride bikes.
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Necro-thread alert.
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Originally Posted by royalflash View Post
I couldnt stand it any more - the drop bars had to go from my new Lemond Alpe d´Huez (bought in November). I tried but every time that I rode the bike even just looking at those nasty drop handlebars set my carpal tunnel syndrome off big time and I couldn´t feel my hands for days afterwards. I also didn´t like being so far from the brakes in traffic.

So after deep consideration I have ditched the drop bars and the nice shiny Ultegra STI shifters (sob) and fitted a Syntace Stratos 200 time trial bar with long rubber grips (to dampen the vibration) and Dura Ace SL-BS77 bar end shifters. I have also ordered the Salsa cyclocross brake levers but they havent arrived yet.

There is no going back now as the STI´s are up on ebay (though they have only got to 5 euros yet with about 3 days to go)

what do you guys think of this set up -any suggestions for improvements?
I'd get mustache bars. Love 'em and you get to keep STI road levers and brakes. I don't find myself wishing I kept drop bars on my commuter bike.
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I'd get mustache bars. Love 'em and you get to keep STI road levers and brakes. I don't find myself wishing I kept drop bars on my commuter bike.
I doubt if royalflash is reading this. The post you answered he posted 13 years ago.

I went out today for a 35 mile fix gear loop on a windy day. I spent miles in the drops; a great place to be upwind and in gusty crosswinds, especially in traffic. Coming home downwind I got to sit up on the tops and stretch out on the hoods. Both bullhorns and mustache bars would have made those upwind miles longer.

After 50 years and 200,000 miles, I am still a fan of real dropped bars, not the new shallow ergo varieties.

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WOW! 13 year old thread! That's some serious necroposting.
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WOW, zombie thread is zombie! Really, what was the need to register to reply to a 13 YEAR OLD post?
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Originally Posted by Jmichael69 View Post
Bullhorn = Hoods
Drop bar + levers = Hoods
Did you create an account simply to post in a 13 Y.0. thread?
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WOW, zombie thread is zombie! Really, what was the need to register to reply to a 13 YEAR OLD post?
It's because Google doesn't care how old the post is. Someone Googled something that interested them, the post popped up, and he registered to put his 2 cents in.

BTW @Jmichael69 welcome to BF.
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