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Old 06-13-11, 10:49 PM
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which handlebars

So I have a pair of short straight handlebars on my Kilo TT (just switched from drops) and was wondering if these are the best for what I'm riding. My main question is whether or not I should switch to bull horns.

I commute to work about 7-8 miles (to another town, so on country roads), it's downhill on the way there, so (obviously) uphill almost all the way back. I also do a fair amount of riding in my city area, with reasonably heavy traffic.

I've never ridden bullhorns, but I've read that they're good for hill climbing, and staying aero while keeping a good field of vision. I've been pretty satisfied with my short straights, but am not opposed to switching if bullhorns are better.
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Old 06-13-11, 10:59 PM
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I love my bullhorns. I'd go to your LBS and test out a pair and see if you like them or not.
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Definitely go with the bullhorns. Also, if don't already have one, I would get a shorter stem so you won't be stretched out when using the horns.
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Old 06-14-11, 12:03 AM
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I ride flopnchops on my beater, and love em to death
I feel like short straights are possibly the worst handlebar option in history. Uncomfortable shoulders, one hand position on a skinny little pole.
I guess the "best" handlebar would be ergo drops w/ hoods, but if your title is asking "which handlebars, straights of bullhorns", I'd give bullhorns a try.
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p.s: they're great for hill climbing, staying "aero" doesn't matter, and only you know what's best for your riding
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Old 06-14-11, 12:19 AM
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As was said before, go into a LBS and give them a shot....most will have at least one or two fixed gear bikes equipped with bullhorn bars so you can ride them and see if you like them or not. I love mine for all the reasons you listed in that last section plus a few more.

EDIT: I disagree with getting a shorter stem. Ride what you have first and see if you need to make any adjustments after you've put a few miles under your bike with the new setup.

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Bullhorns or drops with hoods are good for going fast and climbing. Your "field of vision" will suffer as you'll be in a more aero position compared to your flat bars.
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Old 06-14-11, 04:37 AM
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Why change if your current bar is working? To make it look cooler? If you are comfortable stick with it. My Nitto Noodles look really good on my Big Block but I cant stand drop bars so I don't use them. No one can tell you which bar will work for you except you. When I found the Soma Sparrow bar I found heaven, doesn't look as cool as a drop bar or horns but they are super comfy for me.
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Old 06-14-11, 06:50 AM
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I have been riding flopnchops for a while. Very confy!

...but I have put an old set of drop bars last weekend. Much better now. Faster!

But you do sacrifice field vision. and to upper back feels a bit stiff, I will give it some time.
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I ride some Nitto bullhorns. Switched from drops. I love the look of drops and everyone agrees on this, but bullhorns are definitely for me. Great for climbing and several hand positions. Never tried risers though..
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Use road bars with brakes and brake hoods. You get all hand positions: drops, tops, & bullhorns.

Road bars are inexpensive and ubiquitous. You can find a set of take-offs in a variety of bends (classic, ergo, short bend, deep drop, etc..) at just about any bike shop in the country for very cheap.

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You can use them to:

Sprint:


Climb:


Cruise:


Descend:




Seriously, what more could you ask of a set of bars?
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Swerve through traffic? Barspin? Bust dope skids?
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Swerve through traffic? Barspin? Bust dope skids?


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Very niiiiiiice.
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I just recently went to our LBS which has a junkyard out back and I found both straights and bullhorns ($4). I have been riding slightly chopped risers for about a year and love them. I chopped the straights way down and didn't really like them, especially at lower speeds - less control - also they hurt my elbows for some reason on long rides and track stands. The horns were nice for climbing and acceleration but honestly for now I'm going to stick with the risers; they are all around great bars for long rides and mashing in the city. Good luck!
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I use roadbars, but the hoods bug my hand. I do have a wrist/thumb condition though. I mainly ride up top and so just had the brake lever slid over next to the stem for that. I would also say Road bars are the best way to go..so many options.
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