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Did you change from Hybrid to Drop Bar Bike

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by doyler78, 10 Jun 2008.

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  1. Use hybrid/flat bar only

    441 vote(s)
    43.9%
  2. Use both a hybrid/flat bar and drop bar bike

    404 vote(s)
    40.2%
  3. Use drop bar bike only

    158 vote(s)
    15.7%
  4. Don't/Can't ride anymore

    4 vote(s)
    0.4%
  1. Hopey

    Hopey Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Had a flatbar roadbike, moved to drop bars last year. Apart from Mountain Biking, I would never go back.
     
  2. Low Gear Guy

    Low Gear Guy Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I've got both an MTB and a road bike. I don't have any issues in using either.

    For longer and faster rides the drop bars are best. There is a choice of hand positions to use whilst riding. You can also get through narrower gaps if necessary.

    I find the flat bars give a bit more control at low speed - handy for rough tracks.

    Your own preference probably depends on what your are used to.
     
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  3. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Swansea, Wales UK
    4 Years back cycling.
    About 8500 miles.
    All on a selection of hybrids.
    Zero back pain.
    Lovely comfy view of the world and much more fun than staring at an inch of tyre, scared you are going to be hit up the arse by some white van man simultaneously texting and vaping whilst you are trying to get KOM from Tesco Express to the kebab shop.
     
  4. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    Hybrid or drop bar - makes no difference. Does it?
     
  5. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Swansea, Wales UK
    Cycle paths my friend.
    I can cycle around 33 miles from my front door without touching a road.
    And still roadies take their life into their own hands on the second busiest in Wales narrow Mumbles road in Swansea missing out on some amazing seaside views on the adjacent, excellently maintained wide cycle path.
     
  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Vintage/retro road bikes take 32mm tyres, so can use the cycle tracks as well as any hybrid.
     
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  7. KnackeredBike

    KnackeredBike I do my own stunts

    I would love in many ways to have a hybrid bike and a pleasant pootle along a towpath or off-road cycle route to work. Unfortunately although NCR5 runs right past my house it is so circuitous that it is much more practical to cycle along the busy roads instead, even though there are a number of unpleasant junctions requiring a bit of pushiness/luck to negotiate.

    Seeing as I want to spend as little time as possible on the roads a road bike is the fastest, and therefore best option.
     
  8. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    When I was wanting a CX/Tourer and was deciding about the drop bar V flat bar issue everyone I spoke to said get the drops and I'd not had a drop bar bike since I was 15. Anyway they were right, a drop bar bike is better for longer rides as you have more hand positions.
    I also think a tourer is much better for general riding about than a mountain bike and I've had loads of mountain bikes.I've never had a flat bar hybrid.
    Your not bent double on a road bike either if you get the right fit.
     
    Last edited: 26 Feb 2017
  9. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Swansea, Wales UK
    But bizarrely they choose not to.
     
  10. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Swansea, Wales UK
    I have plenty of hand positions with my ergon grips.
    Also, I prefer bars that have a rise as opposed to the dead flat ones you see on a Boardman hybrid for example.
    On balance I think I still prefer comfort, safety and looking at the world compared to a razor sharp saddle and a load of knobheads up your arse every two seconds in big metal death machines.
     
  11. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    You'd have a problem where I live - the nearest cycle path is at least 10 miles away, and you'd have trouble if you wanted to ride anywhere else. As for comments about comfort, razor sharp saddles etc etc etc.... BIG yawn. Have you ever ridden a bike with drop bars?
     
  12. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    :laugh: Dangerous tactic! More hybrid riders also ride drop bar bikes than road bike riders ride hybrids, don't they? After all, hybrids are a fairly recent thing, largely replacing roadsters.
     
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  13. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    I rode a 'hybrid' once - a Raleigh Trent, got it around 1958, I changed to dropped bars after 3 or 4 years and have used them ever since - and 'razor sharp' saddles, without any detrimental effects on my health whatsoever - and, incredibly, I've managed to ride on cycle tracks, towpaths and all sorts of surfaces, and be comfortable and see where I'm going too. :excl:
     
  14. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Swansea, Wales UK
    Good job I don't live where you live then. Not that I don't ride on roads, I do but generally ones down the Gower that are pretty safe and only when my 17 stone heft carries me further than the cycle paths last.
    I tried a road bike around 6 or 7 years ago...really really didn't get on with the riding position or bars or brake lever positions or gears or anything really.
    Love the sit up and beg position and as much as it hurts roadies, road bikes ARE NOT for everyone.
    Not everyone transitions from a hybrid to a road bike.
    In fact, I have just transitioned to better and better hybrids since returning to cycling 4 years ago.
     
  15. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    It's a personal thing. In fact one of my regular riding partners rides a flat bar bike - a £2K full carbon Ultegra equipped Trek. She seems to get on with it quite well!