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im really liking road drops with hoods

Old 12-28-09, 01:18 PM
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im really liking road drops with hoods

got some nitto b115 and tektro aero levers and it's by far my favorite bar setup. u just have the right lever unused with only a front brake. ive tried risers and dont like the 1 hand position.. i guess i love hipster points for the brake hoods but oh well
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Originally Posted by Dustintendo View Post
got some nitto b115 and tektro aero levers and it's by far my favorite bar setup. u just have the right lever unused with only a front brake. ive tried risers and dont like the 1 hand position.. i guess i love hipster points for the brake hoods but oh well
as far as comfort and versatility goes, they're tops. I also like bullhorns, but sometimes they make you feel too stretched out.
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thats the exact bar/hoods setup i use on my IRO.
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yeah i like bullhorns as well but im not crazy about how they look.. whereas i love the way risers and track drops look but dont like to ride them for any length of time.. well actually risers are comfy for short rides
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Any bar setup is fine for short distances but for long, all day in the saddle rides, you can't beat drops w/hoods.
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Originally Posted by Dustintendo View Post
got some nitto b115 and tektro aero levers and it's by far my favorite bar setup. u just have the right lever unused with only a front brake. ive tried risers and dont like the 1 hand position.. i guess i love hipster points for the brake hoods but oh well
Since you've already lost hipster points you may as well go all the way and install a rear brake. A little reduncancy never hurt, and you might want to put a free wheel on the flip side for fun.
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you can trade more hipness for functionality with wing bars.
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How do "road drops with hoods" differ from bullhorns?
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
How do "road drops with hoods" differ from bullhorns?
Depending on set up, they're almost the same, obviously except for the drops, I think...
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Depending on the bars, I think you can get really stretched out on bullhorns, bearing weight on your forearms. Hence their use in pursuit races.
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
How do "road drops with hoods" differ from bullhorns?
Road drops with hoods look like this.....

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Originally Posted by spcialzdspksman View Post
lol...
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie
Road drops with hoods look like this.....
Yes, I knew that.

I meant, how do they differ functionally?

I ask this because I NEVER see anyone in the drops, road or fixed.

I only see people riding on the hoods, all the time.

On my two bikes with brakes, I have bullhorns with bar end levers, and they function exactly as road drops with hoods, for me.
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post

I ask this because I NEVER see anyone in the drops, road or fixed.

I only see people riding on the hoods, all the time.
Then they must be riding ill fitting bikes.
I see plenty here riding down in the drops.
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
Yes, I knew that.

I meant, how do they differ functionally?

I ask this because I NEVER see anyone in the drops, road or fixed.

I only see people riding on the hoods, all the time.

On my two bikes with brakes, I have bullhorns with bar end levers, and they function exactly as road drops with hoods, for me.
I and the few guys I ride with regularly on long rides or in alleycats will use the drop section on our bars. Half of those guys don't have hoods but my friend micah and I both do and still make frequent use of the drops on our bars. You have to set up your saddle to work with drops too which may be part of the issue for some people
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
Yes, I knew that.

I meant, how do they differ functionally?

I ask this because I NEVER see anyone in the drops, road or fixed.

I only see people riding on the hoods, all the time.

On my two bikes with brakes, I have bullhorns with bar end levers, and they function exactly as road drops with hoods, for me.
hmm there are a few big differences, IMO.

1. Bullhorns don't have drops. Yes, I actually use the drops on my road bike. Not a whole lot, but probably about 10% of the time (accurate estimate I think). Anytime I'm doing a descent or clipping along on flat land (21+ mph), I try and stay in the drops.

2. Bullhorns make me more stretched out. This could be compensated for by a shorter stem, but based on bar sizes alone the bullhorns are going to put you in a more forward position

3. Not all bullhorns have flat top sections. Some do, but mine (profile design air wing) do not. This makes it less comfy to be in the relaxed position b/c your hands are at an awkward downward angle.

Also, OP, if you haven't ridden this type of bar then I'm guessing you've never owned a traditional road bike (non-fixie/ss). If that's the case, I suggest giving it a try... <3
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I ask this because I NEVER see anyone in the drops, road or fixed.

I only see people riding on the hoods, all the time.
Really?

Haven't you been around for a while now?
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Originally Posted by mrvile
Really?

Haven't you been around for a while now?
Yes, and I ride daily in perhaps the most elite bicycle community in America.

One of my workmates won the Australian Iron Man and his teenage son just got picked up by one of the more prestigious international pro teams.

I never see anyone in the drops.

If someone else and his friends spend time in the drops, I don't doubt it and I don't knock it.

I only report my experience.
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
Yes, and I ride daily in perhaps the most elite bicycle community in America.

One of my workmates won the Australian Iron Man and his teenage son just got picked up by one of the more prestigious international pro teams.

I never see anyone in the drops.

If someone else and his friends spend time in the drops, I don't doubt it and I don't knock it.

I only report my experience.
How are your bicycles set up? Do you ride/have you ridden in drops? I mean, at some point you HAD to have been curious, and just by trying out the drops yourself I feel like most of your questions would be answered...
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I never rode in drops until my current bike which came with them, actually I've never been interested in anything but bullhorns but after trying it out I'm a convert.

Somethings you just gotta try even if it might not seem enjoyable.
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
Yes, I knew that.

I meant, how do they differ functionally?

I ask this because I NEVER see anyone in the drops, road or fixed.

I only see people riding on the hoods, all the time.

On my two bikes with brakes, I have bullhorns with bar end levers, and they function exactly as road drops with hoods, for me.
get out more and short and shallow wings.
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
Yes, and I ride daily in perhaps the most elite bicycle community in America.

One of my workmates won the Australian Iron Man and his teenage son just got picked up by one of the more prestigious international pro teams.

I never see anyone in the drops.

If someone else and his friends spend time in the drops, I don't doubt it and I don't knock it.

I only report my experience.
I would be willing to bet a LOT of cash that both of those guys ride in the drops at least during descents...

Every guy in the TdF does it...
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Before the advent of brifters, everyone rode on the drops during races, especially during criteriums where there is a lot of turning, sprinting and bumping. You have a lot more control on the drops, can get better leverage during sprints and it is more aerodynamic than riding on top of the bars. The only time we would ride on top of the hoods was when climbing a hill while standing out of the saddle. Riding on the tops is what we called the tourist position, which is more comfortable, since it places less weight on your arms and hands. I still ride mostly on the drops on my FG and SS, and always when I'm riding/racing on the track. I have one road bike with brifters, and it's 50-50 between drops and tops/hoods.
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