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Dropbars for riding on the street?

Old 06-12-08, 10:40 AM
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I love riding drops with both hoods attached. There were three phases I went through, risers, bullhorns, now all drops. For the most part, I try to ride the drops as much as possible, training my body to get use to it.

There's still leverage for climbs on my track drops because the seat to bar distance is small so I'm in the drops for climbs. Plus, the shoulders aren't too bad.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Sexy doesn't always work... having multiple riding positions and being comfortable when you are riding is a big consideration for many folks.
I'm perfectly comfortable on track drops.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
Track drops suck for climbing as there is no leverage.
Not true at all. I have great leverage climbing in the drops. I agree that road bars have more options but I still think for street riding track bars work just fine.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:20 AM
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NYC doesn't have hills.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:30 AM
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Flat bars + bar ends works very well. Then flipped and chopped, I would assume bull horns are much better but I have never tried them (I wants). Road drops work best when they have hoods, and when mashing I like to be in the drops.

Bars that look like this really change your riding position and could be an improvement for street riding.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:32 AM
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NYC doesn't have hills.
The Bronx, upper-Manhattan and Staten Island do. Not terribly steep (the steepest is around 10%) but it's hillier than most people think.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
NYC doesn't have hills.
There are a few in SF.
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Old 06-12-08, 12:56 PM
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I have road drop bars but I hardly ever use the drops unless there is some insane wind. I will probably switch to bull horns eventually.
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Old 06-12-08, 01:41 PM
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i actually use a pair of deer antlers. Lots of options
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I am always switching around, but when the weather gets nice I find that my Cinelli Criteriums make the cut, nothing like getting aero and passing cars Though I will say that hand positions are honestly limited to in the drops or at the stem, even at the stem it's not great since the curve is already started there. for drops I'd say road drops probably make more sense for the street, but then again I go bull-horns or risers when I'm just dicking around town and commuting. But there's still something refreshing about having a bike that doesn't have risers and an aero-spoke and thats why mine make it on from time to time.
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Old 06-12-08, 07:26 PM
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what are some recommended bullhorns?
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Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post
what are some recommended bullhorns?
Syntace Stratos. Chucks Bikes has unbranded bars that are exactly the same for 18 bucks last I checked.
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Old 06-12-08, 10:24 PM
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just put a big gaudy technomic stem on with your b123s. thats what i did once i realized i never went to the track anymore. i still have my aluminum jaguar 58 in my parts box for whenever i decide to get around to putting it back on. i dont mind the flex because i dont go that fast - something about hip surgery and brakeless bikes dont get me out on public streets that much anymore.
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Old 06-12-08, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
Drops are for people who are fast. True story.
bump this!
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Old 06-12-08, 10:42 PM
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Drops w/o hoods = suck
Drops w/ hoods= best ever
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Old 06-12-08, 10:55 PM
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If i had brakes drops would be win.
since no brakes. i have bullhorns
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Old 06-12-08, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by gfrance View Post
I believe the thrust of the thread is track drops: no brake hoods.

I went from bullhorns to road bars with brake hoods/levers and have actually never ridden real track drops. I loved my bullhorns, and like the road bars. And since going to road bars, I can actually envision using track drops on the road now. I ride down in the drops quite often now. (only about 5cm drop from saddle.) I used to rag on drops as being stupid for the street, but for some/many, it can be fine. I think fitness accounts for a lot though. And flexibility.
if I was mistaken then I wont re-comment on that, because I agree and think what you wrote is right.
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Old 06-12-08, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by TR909 View Post
Syntace Stratos. Chucks Bikes has unbranded bars that are exactly the same for 18 bucks last I checked.
prefer chrome. I'm thinking rb-019s...
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Old 06-12-08, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
Drops are for people who are fast. True story.
I dont know if you're serious, but I never really thought about it that way. Come to think of it my younger brother rides on the drops 100% of the time. I can out sprint him, and out climb him, but the guy can hold 22mph for what seems like an eternity for me. Hes like a freaking machine.

I just end up getting dropped. I find him waiting for me once he gets out of view. no matter how much ground I gain I know hes gonna catch up on the flats and then just drop me and make feel like a losser .

little *******!
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Old 06-12-08, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post
what are some recommended bullhorns?
Nitto RB-018 for a good all-round bullhorn, RB-021/RB-019 for a more aggressive position.
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Old 06-13-08, 12:27 AM
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I've used drops, ghetto horns and mountain bike bars chopped.

I am currently riding with the mtb bars chopped down and ride that to be a preferable riding position. As everyone else has mentioned, the bars do matter for hills you might encounter but I would just use whatever feels best.
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Originally Posted by Aeroplane View Post
Otherwise, whatever floats the boat aboard which you happen to be.
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Originally Posted by EatMyA** View Post
I dont know if you're serious, but I never really thought about it that way. Come to think of it my younger brother rides on the drops 100% of the time. I can out sprint him, and out climb him, but the guy can hold 22mph for what seems like an eternity for me. Hes like a freaking machine.

I just end up getting dropped. I find him waiting for me once he gets out of view. no matter how much ground I gain I know hes gonna catch up on the flats and then just drop me and make feel like a losser .

little *******!
Give him a wedgie dude. That'll teach him.
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Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post
what are some recommended bullhorns?
I much prefer bullhorns that are completely straight from the stem to the bend. A lot of bullhorns bend downward after the stem and I find that bend to be really uncomfortable - it's right where I want to put my hands and it forces them into an awkward angle.
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