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Reversed Chop & Flop Handlebar

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Old 11-05-17, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by pcf View Post
You guys might look at this differently if you still ride when you are nearly 60 years old.

And thanks, SHBR, you have brought up a good point. There is no knee interference, even when out of the saddle on a hill climb. In fact, the bars put your body in a powerful position for out of saddle riding.
Whatever works for you but:

I ride a fixed gear bike with stoker bars like these, except turned the right way. Weather permitting, I ride it about 100 mi/wk. Looks to me like the backwards placement of the bars would limit your leverage for climbing.

...nearly 60 years old?? I'm 71 and didn't start riding fixed until I was nearly 60 years old.
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Old 11-05-17, 10:31 AM
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Old 11-05-17, 12:55 PM
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Looks to me like the backwards placement of the bars would limit your leverage for climbing.
This has been mentioned before, but they don't. In fact, they put the body in a powerful position for out of saddle climbing.

We have few hills here in Indiana, except for very steep, short hills around our sand dunes. I'm running 38x15 gearing with an SRAM Automatix 2 speed, giving me gear inches of 67" and 92" with 28 mm tires. I've not found one hill that I can't climb with this setup.

Great that you are riding, I plan to do the same as long as I can. I had to take ~ 9 months off of riding due to my quadruple bypass surgery last year. Now I feel as strong as I ever have on the bike.
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Old 11-06-17, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by pcf View Post
This has been mentioned before, but they don't. In fact, they put the body in a powerful position for out of saddle climbing.


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We have few hills here in Indiana, except for very steep, short hills around our sand dunes. I'm running 38x15 gearing with an SRAM Automatix 2 speed, giving me gear inches of 67" and 92" with 28 mm tires. I've not found one hill that I can't climb with this setup.
I'd hope you can climb some hills on 67 GI. (jk)

Now, go find the multiple gears forum.

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Great that you are riding, I plan to do the same as long as I can. I had to take ~ 9 months off of riding due to my quadruple bypass surgery last year. Now I feel as strong as I ever have on the bike.
This is the best thing I've read in this thread. Gentle roasting aside, I'm glad to hear you're still out riding and feeling strong.
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Old 11-06-17, 04:46 PM
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Er, I kinda did a similar with a Dahin I used to own.

I've Dutchi-fied my Dahon!
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Old 11-06-17, 08:37 PM
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Don't you dare steal his thunder.
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Old 11-08-17, 03:20 AM
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Well, he's not the first to run this kind of set up I guess...
More of these strange setups
I really believe the OP would benefit from a set of THESE instead though. But, ride what you want As long as you're riding!
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I really believe the OP would benefit from a set of THESE instead though. But, ride what you want As long as you're riding!
Nein.

Those Mustache bars pull the body forward, not back for a more upright position.

Unless I mounted them with the open ends facing forward? HMMM?
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Nein.

Those Mustache bars pull the body forward, not back for a more upright position.

Unless I mounted them with the open ends facing forward? HMMM?
Yeah I guess so.

CLICK HERE This forum has had this discussion before as it turns out. Seems to be fairly popular.
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Backwards Bullhorns?

Wow, exactly what I did, and with similar findings. From 10 years ago. Thanks for sharing, I had not seen that before.

No haters on that thread!
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Backwards Bullhorns?

Wow, exactly what I did, and with similar findings. From 10 years ago. Thanks for sharing, I had not seen that before.

No haters on that thread!
No problem!

There's always gonna be haters, purists, perfectionists, etc. At the end of the day as long as you're safe, happy and enjoying your cycling, I don't see anything wrong with it, even if I wouldn't use that particular setup myself.
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Old 11-08-17, 05:30 AM
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Y'all should hang out.
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Y'all should hang out.




(That's us, with reversed and chopped bars. Haters be hatin'.)
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Old 11-08-17, 08:22 AM
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Does he live in Indiana????

https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/b...368128892.html

Anyway, this thread is beyond out of control. Buuuuuut... isn't that the norm?

I think when bars are set up like that for comfort (I know because I can't sustain aggressive aero tuck as well due to neck issues like I used to) it always seems to be a sizing issue then maybe? That doesn't look comfortable at all to me. Meh, to each his own yeah?
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Old 11-18-17, 12:29 AM
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wow, i am surprised at how many dicks posted in this thread.
his bike.
he's RIDING his bike.
he set up his bike in a way he enjoys, but it doesn't meet the extreme standards of some very special people.

******bags ...

i may NOT stick around this place much longer ...
agreed, i am fairly new to the forums and single speeds/fixed gear riding. i love the tinkering and experimenting with my bikes especially for comfort, and was intrigued by his idea. i get numbness in my arms after 10 miles on my bull horns, and donít enjoy the flat bars ride so iím going to flip them over and try it. ya ******!
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Old 11-18-17, 06:49 AM
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I had avoided commenting here because I don't really care what other dumb **** guys do to their bikes, but since this seems to be the thread that keeps on giving...

This particular handlebar phenomenon seems to be contagious. Of all places, this pic just popped up in a vintage steel bike group that I follow, and amazingly - they did not crucify it. Go figure


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Originally Posted by IVARR View Post
wow, i am surprised at how many dicks posted in this thread.
his bike.
he's RIDING his bike.
he set up his bike in a way he enjoys, but it doesn't meet the extreme standards of some very special people.

******bags ...

i may NOT stick around this place much longer ...
agree
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It's funny how the people most likely to threaten leaving an internet forum are usually among the least likely to be missed.
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Of all places, this pic just popped up in a vintage steel bike group that I follow . . .

Cool! What site?
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It's funny how the people most likely to threaten leaving an internet forum are usually among the least likely to be missed.
Where is the wave goodbye emoji when you need it? Going to miss all four of their posts! Sad!
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Originally Posted by pcf View Post
Sorry guys, but have any of you tried riding with a handlebar setup like this?

It works pretty well. Compact and it puts the bend into just the right position for your hands.

Clean and minimal.
Surprised at the haters. You completed the swap/chop and works good for you. Should be nice for someone looking for flat bars and a way to be more upright. Thanks for sharing as this is what BFs should be all about.
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Old 12-27-17, 08:22 AM
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Thanks Joesch!

A young woman, seasoned bike commuter, purchased the Raleigh Mixte I posted earlier in the thread. She commented was that she loved the handlebar setup.
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Old 12-27-17, 08:26 AM
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Cut up a nice Cinelli handlebar, pcf ?
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Bar mitts work great with this setup.
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Old 01-05-18, 03:58 AM
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OP's bars make a hell of a lot more sense than the wide-ass uncut flats and risers people are running these days. They're not for me, but they make sense enough to me. Rock on, OP.
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