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Why are bullhorns so popular on SS/Fixed?

Old 09-07-09, 07:01 PM
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Why are bullhorns so popular on SS/Fixed?

I'm just curious. I was changing out my handlebars this weekend and my brother is setting up a ss with bullhorns and I was thinking that's probably the one style I have never tried. But then I was thinking that I typically only see them on SS/Fixies. So what makes them such a popular choice and why do you think they are so common on this style bike vs other bikes?
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they provide a hoodlike hand position to the brakeless.
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The only other time I see bullhorns is for Time Trial bikes and Old school Track bikes. They allow for a more aero position, I suppose.
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Old 09-07-09, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by adriano View Post
they provide a hoodlike hand position to the brakeless.
This.

I was riding road bikes for a while before I got into FG riding, and my favorite position on a road bike is on the hoods. Since FG bikes don't typically have 2 brakes, bullhorns provide a similar hand position. Some people probably think they look cool, too. They give you a bunch of different positions. You can ride the tops and its like having risers, or you can stretch out in the horns and it's like being on the hoods.
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cause you mess with the BULL you get the HORNS
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I find it easier to control the bike when climbing than regular drop handlebars. Especially when needing to get leverage up a steep incline.
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Old 09-07-09, 07:51 PM
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Also, while they are great on the track, risers just arent very practical on the streets.
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because they look "clean" and "uncluttered" which is, as you know, about 75% of the point of riding a fixed gear.
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Old 09-07-09, 07:58 PM
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risers just arent very practical on the streets.
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O:-) I have mine with hoods mounted underneath. They work well, were cheap, and if you put your hands on the top part of the hoods you can really crank up a hill sitting down. They feel more stable to me when I'm out of the saddle, but that's probably just me blowing smoke. . . . they look different : )
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Originally Posted by kenta View Post
I find it easier to control the bike when climbing than regular drop handlebars. Especially when needing to get leverage up a steep incline.
Actually, they make bar extensions for MTBs for the same reason; something to grab when climbing out of the saddle. I have a FG with dropped bars and a front brake only. The lever is on the drop like a normal road bike, so I can grip the hood when climbing, and on the other side I just mounted a lever body without the lever, so I can grip on that side as well. I believe that bullhorns are also convenient for skidding, as they allow you to move your hands further forward for better weight transfer.
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Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
Also, while they are great on the track, risers just arent very practical on the streets.
Holy crap...I was just about to tear you a new a$$hole (via the internet, of course) for making this statement until I saw a few posts down that you were kidding. Phew!

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I thought they were cool looking, so I bought some. Turns out I do not like riding bullhorns all that much.
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more lean in the front for skidzzzz.
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woah bullhorns come with promethezine?
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Hand position variation is what I like them for. Although, I am swapping them out for some risers and reserving the bullhorns for track use (I don't like track drops).

My justification to swapping for some big, wide risers is that I plan on racing the Sea Otter Clasic (XC MTB) next year, and I want a more "MTB" position. I doubt it'll make a difference... secretly I want to tarck out my bike since it is one of the more jonzin' bikes I own.
 
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So you can penetrate pedestrians and slow 50-year-old cyclists who get in your way. Also to f*ck up and dent cars.

and I just realized flop and chops could have saved me from buying that $50 Nitto but whatevs.
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So how did you like your mustache bars?
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i just bought the $20 bullhorns from nashbar after riding only track drops. i like the mix between relaxed and aggressive hand positions based on what kind of riding i'm doing. they're much better suited for street riding.
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I want that U-lock!
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I believe that bullhorns are also convenient for skidding, as they allow you to move your hands further forward for better weight transfer.
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I have bullhorn bars on my fixed gear too and think they are excellent, but don't you have all the advantages of bullhorns plus some on normal road-drops too?
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