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Dropbars for riding on the street?

Old 06-13-08, 12:31 PM
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i like those too, thinking about some for my bike
i love the look also
 
Old 06-14-08, 01:20 PM
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I ride track drops on the street and I love them. I used to ride Nitto 125's and now I ride Deda Pistas. I am most comfortable gripping right near the stem on almost every setup I've tried. The drop section is awesome for climbing and sprinting. I live in San Francisco so don't tell me I don't know anything about hills. I live on the hill with the steepest grade in the city.
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Old 06-14-08, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post
what are some recommended bullhorns?
I really like the cheap nashbar/ebay shallow drop bullhorns/aerobars.

There is a Nitto RB-021 sitting in my closet, that's just really uncomfortable for me like Yoshi mentioned. I'm thinking of trying the Nitto RB-019, the one with the flat top.
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Old 06-14-08, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ESinSF View Post
I ride track drops on the street and I love them. I used to ride Nitto 125's and now I ride Deda Pistas. I am most comfortable gripping right near the stem on almost every setup I've tried. The drop section is awesome for climbing and sprinting. I live in San Francisco so don't tell me I don't know anything about hills. I live on the hill with the steepest grade in the city.

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Old 06-14-08, 02:40 PM
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Must just be my old self but the idea of climbing in the drops makes no sense. One generally doesn't want their weight moved forward when climbing, which is what riding in the drops will do.

Anybody climbing in the drops in this video? Alpe D'Huez 2001
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Old 06-14-08, 04:37 PM
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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 *******!
funny dude . i do the same. i ride and commute on 123's but when the old significant other is along for the ride its all ***** ***** *****..... slow down . i try to ride in back now so the wining will stop.
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Old 06-14-08, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
Must just be my old self but the idea of climbing in the drops makes no sense. One generally doesn't want their weight moved forward when climbing, which is what riding in the drops will do.

Anybody climbing in the drops in this video? Alpe D'Huez 2001
Um maybe I'm blind but all those riders were climbing with their hands on the hoods which shifts your weight forward. Climbing in the drops is similar to climbing on the hoods but you're lower. It's the exact same position sprinters use when they're sprinting. I've also seen pro riders use this same position when climbing. Check out this video from last years tour. Move ahead to 1:40 minutes and you'll see Bradley Wiggins climbing in the drops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tin2tf0YIaA

Hey man, it works fine for me. I like it.
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Old 06-14-08, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
Must just be my old self but the idea of climbing in the drops makes no sense. One generally doesn't want their weight moved forward when climbing, which is what riding in the drops will do.

Anybody climbing in the drops in this video? Alpe D'Huez 2001
On my road bike I alternate between drops and hoods for climbing, although I spend significantly more time on the hoods. Sometimes it's nice to get low over the bars when you're climbing out of the saddle but most of the time the hoods are more practical.
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Old 06-15-08, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
NYC doesn't have hills.
who says..
 
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I finally stopped kidding myself and grew up. I went for a spin on my bike for the first time in months this past weekend and have some nitto 123's. After my ride I switched back to the nitto road drops real quick. I was delusional last year for even buying track drops for street riding. I agree with the masses now, that track drops on street is moronic.
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Old 07-06-09, 08:39 AM
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u know this thread is like a year old, right? Haha, I agree tho. Track drops are very uncomfy on the street. Road drops w/ hoods are the best and bullhorns are good, too, but they can stretch you out too much if you have a longish stem.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
u know this thread is like a year old, right? Haha, I agree tho. Track drops are very uncomfy on the street. Road drops w/ hoods are the best and bullhorns are good, too, but they can stretch you out too much if you have a longish stem.


I know, I wish it was older... Why start a new thread with a topic that's like beating a dead horse, when you can just resurrect another one?
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Old 07-06-09, 09:53 AM
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ahh an environmentalist.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:17 PM
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A year later and I'm still riding track drops on the street and still love it. Wouldn't have it any other way. I guess I'm a moron.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
Must just be my old self but the idea of climbing in the drops makes no sense. One generally doesn't want their weight moved forward when climbing, which is what riding in the drops will do.

Anybody climbing in the drops in this video? Alpe D'Huez 2001
Actually...shifting your weight forward during climbs to centre your weight on the bike and un weight the rear wheel just a little really helps maintain speed on climbs.
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Old 07-06-09, 09:41 PM
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I ride a pretty standard set of drop bars in the city and I love them. I spend probably at least half the time on the drops, and I find that I have a lot more stability. For that reason, I use them most the time I'm off the saddle.
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Old 07-07-09, 04:53 PM
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Track drops in the street — no.*

Road drops in the street — yes.

Bullhorns — a good suggestion for those who do not want to ride in drops.

*I say that only because of the severity of the shape on most track bars as well as how quickly they taper at the top. Road bars give a bit of room if you choose to ride upright, hands at the stem. But, that's just my $0.02
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Old 07-07-09, 07:05 PM
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I got a set of FSA Wing Pro road drops (above). The flat ergo tops are very comfy for more upright riding, and you still have the drops when you want/need them. I taped the drops only, and it works great for me. The Easton EA30 Wing road drops (below) are very similar and both are around $50. I went with the FSA's because the oversized clamp section looked wider, to ensure I had room to mount a crosstop lever next to my stem.

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Old 07-07-09, 07:07 PM
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You can often recognize a fixie rider on the road even when the bike's obscured by traffic because of the awkward arm position and locked elbows they have from squeezing their hands up next to the stem.

Brakes hoods and road drops, as wide as possible. Let yourself breathe a bit.
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Old 07-07-09, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Yellowbeard View Post
You can often recognize a fixie rider on the road even when the bike's obscured by traffic because of the awkward arm position and locked elbows they have from squeezing their hands up next to the stem.

Brakes hoods and road drops, as wide as possible. Let yourself breathe a bit.
truth.

I love my Nitto Noodles and recommend them.
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Old 07-08-09, 12:32 AM
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I spend half of my time on 123AAs and the other half RB-21s. My RBs are taped with hella cushy tape and are my long ride bars. My 123s have track grips only and I love riding them. I ride on the shoulders, in the drops when sprinting/climbing and up on the stem which I find more comfortable than straight, flat or riser bars because of the way my wrists angle in. When I had a roadbike, though, I spent all my time on the hoods or drops.
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