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Love the B123 drops on street.

Old 03-24-09, 12:25 AM
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I spend many hours in the saddle and rando bars with hoods (and at least one brake) are best for me... my hybrid has cross bars which I don't mind either.

Track drops would kill me.
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Old 03-24-09, 12:57 AM
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So far I've got 5mi on my Bianchi Pista stock bars.

I love them, but we'll see.
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Old 03-24-09, 01:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Geordi Laforge View Post
what's your average riding distance?

one's bars should fit the application. it is not a matter of being "right" -- whatever that means.
it's a matter of placing practicality first. if you ride a dozen or more miles at a time regularly or appreciate multiple hand positions (i.e. more than just 1.5 positions), a track bar just wont cut it. and some of us over the years have realized this.
My riding distance varies, and I certainly switch different bars for different applications. I don't see the point in telling him otherwise if he's comfortable. You can say he's using them wrong and that he needs the ideal road bars with hoods for his application- but hey, he's fine where he's at and he's having fun(what was biking about again?). Until he's on here complaining about wrist/hand issues i don't know why you guys need to be so hard about it. "hey, cool- if you get wrist problems you might want to try different bars, cause those lack lots of positions" probably would have worked instead of 2 pages of *****ing back and forth(myself included of course).
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Old 03-24-09, 02:24 AM
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These ARE great handlebars. I got them in the 40cm size, even though 42cm is technically my size. I use mine in a different way, instead of the bottom flat part of the drops being parallel to the ground, I have the top parallel parts parallel to the ground. I am strange, yes, but I've seen Keirin riders do it too, so it's gotta be a legit way.

Example:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25484700@N08/2422509638/

Give it a shot, it gives you the "bullhorn" position while riding, perfect for skidding. And your knees don't hit the drops.

Wow I talked a lot. But yes, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bars too. Rock on, man.
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Old 03-24-09, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
+1

Riding 123s on the street is like driving in a full carbon rigid racing car seat. It's awesome for what it's designed to do, but uncomfortable for anything else.

To the OP: I'm glad that you dig them. And yes it's all about preference.

To everyone else: Drop bars come in different drop depths and different widths for a reason. That's why Nitto makes 123s, 125s, Noodles, etc... Find the one that fits your body and riding style.

Also, NJS DOES NOT mean it's better. Actually it just means that it's old technology. Because Keirin is a gambling sport about the riders and not the equipment, the equipment standard was set in the 70s or 80s (not sure). That's why all of the bikes are "old school". Technology has come a long way since then.

What are you talking about? Keirin standards always change.
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Old 03-24-09, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Thetank View Post
That wonderful feeling you have right now about these bars will surely fade away with time like it did to most of us who used them. They are heavy and are in no way comfortable on long rides, the flat part is too close to the stem which makes you put your arms so close together that it affects how you pedal as well as your breathing. Enjoy them, they'll soon be on CL or eBay as "Only used once BUY IT NOW FOR $40"

I used to road race when I was 16 - 21 years old and, and just used to do a tons of riding in general on a geared bike and my most natural hand postion is close to the stem, so 123's are perfect for me. This has never effected my pedaling ability and honestly, this a huge myth about having your hands close will inhibit your lung compacity and pedaling technique, don't listen to everything Lance says

I atually like riding on the slope or hoods of 123's as well, I turn my wrist upside down and keep my thumb down the slope, extremely comfortable. Btw my bars are completely wrapped so I can do that.

And the end of the day it's only bike, I am having fun.
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Old 03-24-09, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by chore4n View Post
These ARE great handlebars. I got them in the 40cm size, even though 42cm is technically my size. I use mine in a different way, instead of the bottom flat part of the drops being parallel to the ground, I have the top parallel parts parallel to the ground. I am strange, yes, but I've seen Keirin riders do it too, so it's gotta be a legit way.

Example:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25484700@N08/2422509638/

Give it a shot, it gives you the "bullhorn" position while riding, perfect for skidding. And your knees don't hit the drops.

Wow I talked a lot. But yes, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these bars too. Rock on, man.

Funny because that is exactly how I set mine up.
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Old 03-30-09, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Adam G. View Post
Funny because that is exactly how I set mine up.
High Five, homes.

When you're in the drops with our setup, you feel more forward, I feel so cramped when I ride them in the "default" setting.
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