Back to drops


Rider of Seolferwulf
South London
Well, I got tired of the bullhorns on my wrongster, and put the original drops back on. Chuffed! I prefer the drops, more comfortable, and more hand positions too.
Nice result.

In the early days of my fixie I had bullhorns, but swiftly took them off as I prefer the feel and the look of drops.


New Member
Hmm - I wish I'd read this last week.

I got a set pretty cheap from ribble and a set of tektro aero brake levers to finish them off. They look and feel ok..

they do stretch me out more than I was expecting though - i'm not sure I like them...

the drops could be going back on and in which case there will probably be two sets of bullhorn bars and brakes on ebay soon!

John the Monkey

Frivolous Cyclist
Saw a bike chained up today that had bullhorns, but fitted so the horns faced the rider. A pair of standard drop bar levers were fitted in the manner one might fit brake levers on straight bars. It looked quite odd - definitely fixed or single speed too (I resisted attempting to spin the pedals to find out which).


I was contemplating bullhorns as they might be better for honking up Bristol's hills! However I just can't be bothered to spend the money, especially when I've got some straight bars and lovely ergo bar ends. Plus they're more posy than practical should I take it out for anything longer than a few miles.


New Member
Same here, I chopped and flipped my orginal bars, and I do find it comfy, I find myself yearning for a more aerodynamic posture. I bought myself some nitto b135s and I much prefer those.

Don't get me wrong, I much prefer chop'n'flip for hill climbing, but, at least I've got the option now.


When are you off Graham? I've been working in the office above Subway (mmmmm...steak and cheese) for 6 weeks now, and not spotted you around yet.

Well I don't get out and about much, plus the cycle parking is via a bull ring service yard entrance, hence you wouldn't have seen me along smallbrook queensway!

My girlfriend is already down there (moved both of our stuff there last weekend) and I'll be down permanently from 1st December. I will be back in the Birmingham office probably once a week though.
i put low pros on with the brake levers in the end of ther bars because i didn't like climbing on the hoods and have never got on with drops. found them a lot better for climbing as theres more to grip.
the organiser of one of our clubs tourist events was trying to tell me i'd get disqualified for using racing bars (a wind up i'm sure) i told him drops were racing bars as well so he'd have to disqualify everyone!;)


All a matter of taste... though I find there's not much point having drop bars unless they are high enough that you actually use the drops now and then.

The great thing about chopping and changing bars is that it's nearly as good as getting a new bike! And a great deal cheaper ;)


I've converted my bike to drops, and i must say i'm loving it :sad:
takes quite a bit of getting used to, am a bit wobbly sometimes but for just head-down eating up the miles i'm sure i'm going faster (albeit only 1 or 2mph faster but that's worth having) and feel more secure and comfy.
Took a bit of getting right, initially i had the shifters way too far up the bar which was the most 'natural' position for riding on the hoods but was a bit dangerous for the drops as I couldn't reach the brakes quite as well, but now i've moved them down, but this is quite good as i'm still getting some aerodynamic gain just by using the hoods, as they're further forward (and slightly further inward) than bar ends. With them in that position it feels a bit unnatural riding through traffic, but i just tend to use the 'corners' just in front of the hoods and stand up onto the hoods when coming to a junction which seems to work ok. I must say the combination of the sti shifters and drop bars definitely make my bike more fun to ride. don't think i'd go back to flats.
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