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Bullhorns that don't look ********?

Old 05-07-08, 08:31 PM
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Bullhorns that don't look ********?

I've been trying to decide between road drops with hoods (and 1 dummy brake) or bullhorns with left brake.

Is it just me, or do most bullhorns look... for lack of a better word, stupid? They're just too long, awkward, bull-like. I don't want to feel like I'm actually taming a wild beast while riding my bike.

I saw some on the street today that actually looked decent. The "horn" portions of the bar were pretty short, maybe 4 inches with a bend at the end. I really liked the compact, utilitarian look. Can anyone point me to some like this? Is there a reason most bullhorns are so long?

These look decent, not sure if they're what I'm looking for though.

Thanks.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:32 PM
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Get rid of your racing bike if you don't want a racing setup and pick up a cruiser.

thanks, bye.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:34 PM
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Oh thanks, I forgot that fixed-gear automatically = racing bike. (sarcasm)
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Old 05-07-08, 08:35 PM
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flop and chops to get your desired length of horn
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Old 05-07-08, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Weeaboo View Post
I've been trying to decide between road drops with hoods ...


...Oh thanks, I forgot that fixed-gear automatically = racing bike. (sarcasm)
i dont want to start anything here...

butttttttttttt dont go for road drops if what your looking at isnt speed... heres my reasoning they are built to get you out of the wind/more aero/faster/better for racing. It looks like thats not what your looking for.


and for shorter bullhorns do a flop and chop as stated above... which rock (use a tube cutter for best effect, and measure right... or they look wonkey like mine)

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Old 05-07-08, 08:52 PM
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man, bullhorns make your bike look mean! like it wants to start a fight or something. i'm talking proper bullhorns with the drop
on the shoulder- nitto rb-021's, old mavic's, syntace's, etc.

of course old road drops look cool too. new-ish crazy ergo drops look a bit funny, although ergo drops feel gooood.
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Old 05-07-08, 08:55 PM
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I'm loving my flopped and chopped b123's.
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Originally Posted by ~Stuart~ View Post
i dont want to start anything here...

butttttttttttt dont go for road drops if what your looking at isnt speed... heres my reasoning they are built to get you out of the wind/more aero/faster/better for racing. It looks like thats not what your looking for.


and for shorter bullhorns do a flop and chop as stated above
Don't get me wrong, I like speed as much as the next guy, I just know that I'm going to spend 90% of the time on the hoods for navigating city streets.

The problem with flop and chops is that I'd like to run a brake (too much of a weeny to go brakeless), and if I'm going to do that I'd prefer a TT lever so that it's right at my fingertips (as opposed to a cross lever). I've been told that it's tough to put a reverse lever on a chopped bar.
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Old 05-07-08, 09:12 PM
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its all about nitto rb-021. They have the great secondary function of being able to do extra damage when you ram into tourist that decide a red light means walk across the street.
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Old 05-07-08, 09:17 PM
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Seriously. That happened one day during an alleycat on an extra crowded sidewalk while I was pulling out of one of the checkpoints. Granted I was going about 2mph, no party was injured, I promptly apologized and the lady's friend still made a big deal out of it like I was Lucifer himself or something, go figure >:[
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Old 05-07-08, 09:28 PM
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Oh I almost go thrown under a car just minding my own business because people by the Powell St. Turnaround on Market St. like to stand and have their shopping bags hanging out into the street. I thankfully didn't go down, granted I did yell quite loudly about my detest of tourist.
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Old 05-07-08, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Weeaboo View Post
The problem with flop and chops is that I'd like to run a brake (too much of a weeny to go brakeless), and if I'm going to do that I'd prefer a TT lever so that it's right at my fingertips (as opposed to a cross lever). I've been told that it's tough to put a reverse lever on a chopped bar.
It can be difficult, depending upon where you want to cut the bar. If you cut it to where the last inch is relatively straight, the lever will be able to fit. Not a great picture, but:


Another option (though I've never done it myself) is to clamp a cross lever right at the end of whatever bars you use. It seems like that would be about the same as using a TT lever.
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Originally Posted by Weeaboo View Post
I've been trying to decide between road drops with hoods (and 1 dummy brake) or bullhorns with left brake.

Is it just me, or do most bullhorns look... for lack of a better word, stupid? They're just too long, awkward, bull-like. I don't want to feel like I'm actually taming a wild beast while riding my bike.

I saw some on the street today that actually looked decent. The "horn" portions of the bar were pretty short, maybe 4 inches with a bend at the end. I really liked the compact, utilitarian look. Can anyone point me to some like this? Is there a reason most bullhorns are so long?

These look decent, not sure if they're what I'm looking for though.

Thanks.
the soma urban pursuit has an extra long "horn", I think that Nitto RB 018 sound like what you are looking for.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:36 PM
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Personally I like the look of the rb21's and Stratos'
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Originally Posted by dangerscott View Post
its all about nitto rb-021. They have the great secondary function of being able to do extra damage when you ram into tourist that decide a red light means walk across the street.
iv actually installed sharpened pikes for my bar ends for extra damaging blows
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Old 05-07-08, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dervish View Post
iv actually installed sharpened pikes for my bar ends for extra damaging blows
+1 damage
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hahahah



on a serious note, flip chops ftw. i like mine.

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i can't wait til straight bars with mtb bar ends start getting popular......
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Originally Posted by 4zn_balla View Post
i can't wait til straight bars with mtb bar ends start getting popular......
Why?
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Originally Posted by 4zn_balla View Post
i can't wait til straight bars with mtb bar ends start getting popular......

But this doesn't look fashionable and it's too functional.

j/k
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Originally Posted by powerband View Post
But this doesn't look fashionable and it's too functional.

j/k
Generic angry response defending my bullhorns and calling you mean name
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I prefer flip-chopped randoneuring (?) bars over... well anything. The slight up-curve (down turn when they are flipped) of the tops is nice.

*edit you can see them on the windsor in my sig.

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Old 05-08-08, 02:33 AM
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Love the look of the Syntace Stratos, though they are pretty long.
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I have some Stratos and they actually look kinda silly on an classic lugged road frame.

Flop and chops have the shortest distance to the horns.

Instead of a TT Lever, just find an old, non-hooded, road lever. If you put it on the right part of the curve of your flop and chops it blends in nicely and gives you good access to the brakes from the horns.


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I second the Nitto RB-018
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...roducts_id=639
But they don't take bar end levers.
These do:
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1422
or you could just use a cross lever.

Personally, I really like the look of bullhorns with no drop.
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