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Drop bars, bull horns, risers? by choice or reason for one or the other?

Old 09-17-08, 03:59 PM
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Drop bars, bull horns, risers? by choice or reason for one or the other?

do they have their benefits over one another? or is it just preference?

What are you guys using out there and why?

i have drops now, but i plan on doing more street riding possibly track in the future.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:09 PM
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Bullhorns basically simulate riding on the hoods of drops.

Drops give you lots of hand positions, but if you're not running hood brakes you may find that position less than ideal.

Risers keep you upright, which is more comfortable, but less fasterer.

I ride with no handlebars.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:13 PM
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i have bullhorns, well flip chops but the same idea. i really like them. they don't drop down like...well...drops so they're easier to get into the bike racks at my college and as cliche as it may sound i also like them because they're not the 'normal' road bar.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:19 PM
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I run Nitto Bullhorns (nb-018s I think) - I always liked being on the hoods of my roadie, so this was a natural progression. There are rare times I miss being able to get down in the drops (mainly to duck down in wind), but with how I've got my bike setup now I'm just fine and dandy with the horns, love them.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:25 PM
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Standard road drops. Just more comfortable for me.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:29 PM
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have drops. will be switching them out for bullhorns this weekend. I'm almost never in the drops, so it seems like a logical choice.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:30 PM
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I like my nitto b123 track drops so much that i bought another pair
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Old 09-17-08, 04:31 PM
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Bullhorns climb well.
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I picked bullhorns, though technically I think my bars are pursuit bars. whatever, I dig them more than drops
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Nitto RB-021. They are more comfortable for longer distances on my current setup.
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Old 09-17-08, 04:55 PM
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question . . . if i put a mini-aerobar on drops, would someone shoot me for it? i want an aerobar to add a position, but i don't want a huge honkin thing out front, and i'm already a bit short for the tuck
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Old 09-17-08, 05:01 PM
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bullhorns with bar end brakes. best bars for city riding, in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by tad View Post
bullhorns with bar end brakes. best bars for city riding, in my opinion.
Indeed. I ride with bullhorns and a bar end front brake mounted on the left. I find its the best position for me, and if I need to I can always grip them like risers too.
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Old 09-17-08, 05:11 PM
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Real bull horns.

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Old 09-17-08, 05:42 PM
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I have flat bars because they were five bucks.
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Road drops. I spend almost all my time on the curves or the brake hoods, but those few occasions when I'm getting hammered by a headwind make drops useful to me
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Old 09-17-08, 06:01 PM
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Drops = the most hand positions for the win, plus they just look right on track bikes.
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Old 09-17-08, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by juggleaddict View Post
question . . . if i put a mini-aerobar on drops, would someone shoot me for it? i want an aerobar to add a position, but i don't want a huge honkin thing out front, and i'm already a bit short for the tuck
Yes. i will find you and shoot you. actually, i will buy a gun, find you, and shoot you (total sarcasm by the way)

do whatever makes riding your bike more fun.
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Old 09-17-08, 06:15 PM
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Profile Design Stoker 26. I used to ride drops but never actually used the drop so I switched. The Stoker 26 is nice because the reach is a bit longer than most bullhorns so I can fit my whole hand on the flat - awesome for climbing. My gf has an RB-018 and the shorter reach is uncomfortable for me.
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Old 09-17-08, 07:38 PM
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Drops. I like the multiple hand positions. I like barring down in the wind, or just cruising, on my drops, and then moving up to the hoods to dodge and weave in traffic.

Not to mention, I had a spare pair of Ritchey BioMax drops hanging around when I built up my ss/fg.
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Standard road drops. Comfy for me.
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road drops, bullhorns and risers are comfy but i dont think they look good on fixed gears.
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Old 09-17-08, 09:29 PM
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Bullhorns for me. Risers suck for climbing and hand positions. I had drops but i never used the drop section. So the obvious choice was bullhorns. I can use the tops for riding, or change my position more forward, and grab the horns for climbing which works really nice.
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Originally Posted by BENNOCKSIT View Post


Real bull horns.

Pics taken from fixedgeargallery.com
i think you meant to put this is the Jackass tarck bicyclist of the day thread.
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Old 09-17-08, 11:02 PM
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One of the unexpected benefits to my new bullhorns was one time when I was riding to the left of a taxi in Osaka, the cabbie opens the door for his passenger almost directly into me. I brake hard and go over my bars, not face first though. My legs come over the bars as if I were bunny hopping my bike, which falls behind me. Had they been drops I would have hit them and probably had a rougher landing.
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