Bullhorns with fixies?

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Alan O, 13 Sep 2017.

  1. OP
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

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    Liverpool
    That does not seem at all obvious to me - would you be kind enough to explain why not? (I've never seen drops as a "need" anyway, just as a preference)
     
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

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    Liverpool
    I get that, but I'll have two.

    That I don't get, because I don't see drops as being only for speed - I use them frequently when cruising as just a change of hand position, and when climbing.
     
  3. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Veteran

    I'd gear a singlespeed for 18 mph, not as high as a fixie (spinning out on downhills not being a concern) so aerodynamics don't come into it as much.
     
  4. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    That's probably it then - rather than get into an argument here, have a Google around for what need drops are designed to meet, and look at the kind of riding you do on a fixed gear bike. The two don't match, and that's all there is to it.
    :smile:
     
  5. OP
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Oh no, I wasn't wanting an argument, just explanation and understanding - after having used drops for more than 20 years and being very familiar with them, Googling the needs they are designed to meet will not enlighten me. If you don't want to explain what you mean further and you're sure "that's all there is to it", that's fine - and I thank for your unhelpful cryptic comments anyway :smile:
     
  6. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    And still finds a way to argue. Whatever.
     
  7. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    You've baffled me with that one as well, my current fixed has drops, my previous fixed had bullhorns, I like both types of handlebars, but the drops have more hand positions available.
     
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  8. T4tomo

    T4tomo Über Member

    or have 2 brakes on a fixie
     
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    Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

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    Liverpool
    Yes, two is the number of the brakes I will have :smile:
     
  10. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    I've always run two brakes on my fixed, it gets used as a winter bike and is often ridden when it's slippery, the back brake allows me to stay away from the front brake.
     
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  11. Afnug

    Afnug Everything you can imagine is real

    Your more aerodynamic on the hoods with your elbows tucked in than you are on the drops.
     
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  12. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    As long as your forearms are parallel to the ground.
     
  13. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Location:
    Warwick
    I am another one lost by this - I use the drops on my fixed gear pretty much every ride.
     
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  14. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    I didn't say that you couldn't?

    This is one of those topics where the engineering is clear, but everyone else gets very upset for non-engineering reasons. Do what though wilst, but there is no need for drops on a fixie. I like French cuffs on my shirts, but I'm not going to tell anyone they're needed.
     
  15. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    Yes, we know what you think, but you haven't explained why? And whats this engineering? I haven't seen it.
     
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