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Do bullhorns feel like riding with hands on the hoods of drop bars?

Old 03-21-13, 07:16 PM
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Do bullhorns feel like riding with hands on the hoods of drop bars?

I'm building up my first proper SS ride. I like the look of bullhorn bars but I've never ridden them and don't have the opportunity to do so. My road bike is equipped with 40 cm drop bars and most of the time I have my hands on the hoods, which is really comfortable for me. It seems to my naive eye that riding with hands out on the horns of bullhorn bars is approximately similar, so I'm curious as to whether this is true or the feel is different. I'd be grateful for any opinions on this.

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Don't like drops much so they got removed from my road bike fairly quickly but yes, to me bar ends do get pretty clise to riding in the hoods if you get them right.
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The position of your body on the bike feels similar if they are at the same height, but the hands feel different. You can get you whole hand to close on the bullhorns but they are smaller in diameter. Hood are bigger around but you can't fit your whole hand around them.
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The way it will feel depends in where you put the brakes. If you put them on the flats, it will feel different because you'll be gripping the horns rather than resting your hands on hoods/brakes. If your brakes are on the horns, it will feel more similar but you still have to get used to having the brakes at a more downward angle. Basically, it won't feel the same, but it may feel similar enough to be comfortable for your riding style. Youre just gonna have to try it!

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They approximate the position, but not really the feel. I didnt' care for bullhorns, so after a few hundred miles of trying to like them, I went back to drop bars on my SSFG. I am still open to considering mustache bars, though.

Try bullhorns. They aren't terribly expensive, and if you don't like them you could probably sell them easily on craigslist.
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Originally Posted by seau grateau
No.
+1. I love my bullhorns, but to be honest I think drops/hoods are more comfortable.
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With Shimano STIs and newer Campy and SRAM you can hold the head of the shifter to sort of get a bullhorn position, but that's as close as it gets.

As Seau said. No.
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The best thing about bullhorns for me here in hilly Vermont is the great hand position they give me while standing up and climbing. Wrists are perpendicular to the bars and I can get a good pull to help myself muscle to the top. I also keep my hands out at the ends for control while descending and while accelerating. Most other times my hands are near the curve or close to the stem. I'd say that those positions are not as comfortable as being on the hoods with drop bars, but overall bullhorns have been the best choice for me riding fixed.
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I find that the arm/body position is pretty much the same, but how the bullhorns feel on your hands is different. Hoods let you kind of rest your hands hooked at the thumbs, but i find bullhorns put more pressure on the whole hand. Its not awful its just different. It also depends on the style of bullhorns you get, some are more of a smooth arc, and some are notchy so there are noticeably three hand positions. Personally i prefer the latter.

I am riding bullhorns on my SS/FG but I can see myself spending the extra 75-100$ to put on drops with brakes and hoods just for that position. Also it provides faster access to brakes rather then having to change positions before i brake from the tops.
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ive never tried bullhorns, they seem chill tho, but i only have used/tried drop bars that my bikes came with....
i would really like a drop bar that takes the brake levers, then extends pass that into bullhorns. . .
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ummm...where do i find this?


because i would deff rock it,
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Originally Posted by road2you
ive never tried bullhorns, they seem chill tho, but i only have used/tried drop bars that my bikes came with....
i would really like a drop bar that takes the brake levers, then extends pass that into bullhorns. . .
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ummm...where do i find this?


because i would deff rock it,
I think in the jackass thread lol
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i tried bullhorns and didn't like the feel. i prefer them flopped. it's VERY similar to a chopped but NOT flopped drop.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan
i tried bullhorns and didn't like the feel. i prefer them flopped. it's VERY similar to a chopped but NOT flopped drop.
Wat
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Wat
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I prefer the pursuit style or rodeo style bull horns. They give you more hand positions than normal bull horns. I have them on my SS and love them!
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Originally Posted by cogdriven
The best thing about bullhorns for me here in hilly Vermont is the great hand position they give me while standing up and climbing. Wrists are perpendicular to the bars and I can get a good pull to help myself muscle to the top. I also keep my hands out at the ends for control while descending and while accelerating. Most other times my hands are near the curve or close to the stem. I'd say that those positions are not as comfortable as being on the hoods with drop bars, but overall bullhorns have been the best choice for me riding fixed.
Agree 100%. Bullhorns are great for climbing.
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definition of "chopped but NOT flopped drops":

equivalent to chopped and flopped drop handlebars, but NOT flopped.

ergo, chopped but NOT flopped drops.
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Yeah, we know what you meant.
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+wat
I would also like to submit a "wat"
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Yeah, we know what you meant.
apparently not. unless "we" isn't everybody.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan
definition of "chopped but NOT flopped drops":

equivalent to chopped and flopped drop handlebars, but NOT flopped.

ergo, chopped but NOT flopped drops.
I still have no idea what this means.
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