Did you change from Hybrid to Drop Bar Bike

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

  1. Use hybrid/flat bar only

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

    409 vote(s)
  3. Use drop bar bike only

    161 vote(s)
  4. Don't/Can't ride anymore

    4 vote(s)
  1. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    I am happy to see anyone out cycling.
    Although it has been nice and quiet around here in the winter months.
    Would say I have enjoyed night cycling more than daytime since the clocks went back.
  2. Roadhump

    Roadhump Time you enjoyed wasting was not wasted

    I have gone from a drop bar bike to a hybrid, to an MTB, back to a hybrid and back to a drop bar road bike.

    Many years ago (1985), I bought a Raleigh 10 speed drop bar bike for commuting, which I used for 11 years until I gave it to a mate and made the mistake of buying a cheap hybrid purporting to be an MTB. A couple of years later I threw that away and bought a Specialized Rockhopper which I used off road and for commuting, but 4 years ago, I decided to go for something more suited to road use and bought a Specialized Sirrus Pro - I still have the Rockhopper and use it occasionally on a local off road trail.

    I love my Sirrus, and have been out on it about 3 or 4 times a week on average since buying it. But, I started fancying a drop bar bike a while ago and last month bought a Giant Defy, which is fantastic to ride. There is some talk on this thread talk of a less comfortable riding position on a road bike, but the Defy is designed to give a more relaxed position than other road bikes, and whilst it is somewhat faster than the Sirrus, I can still enjoy a relaxing countryside ride. I have had little trouble adjusting to dropped bars and braking from the hoods soon became quite natural to me; my next adjustment will be to get clipless pedals for the road bike, but not for the other 2.

    I think each bike has its own place, and pros and cons. I will ride each for different reasons and in different places, depending on how the mood takes me. Whilst owning my 3 bikes, I wouldn't go for one over the others all the time, but mostly I will cycle on the road so it will usually be between the hybrid and road bike.

    I can be a bit more adventurous on the hybrid and use the canal towpath or the occasional gravel track as well as the road, and the fact that it has a rack and large saddle bag / panniers makes it better if I want to stop for a bit of shopping or call in for a pint somewhere, but the road bike is lighter and faster so I can cover greater distances and enjoy a zippier ride when I feel like it. I just love getting out on a bike and variety is the spice of life.
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  3. hepburn

    hepburn Well-Known Member

    I got a mountain bike for my 40th and thought I would just use it to do a couple of miles a week while my daughter was learning to ride her bike. However I got completely hooked on the cycling buzz and found I was regularly completing 30 mile rides with no bother. So a year later I bought a flat bar (Specialized Vita) and a year after that (thanks largely to a healthy PPI refund) bought my first road bike (Merida Ride 94) which I absolutely love. I switched to clipless while I had the Specialized and took to them really easily although I have had some clipless moments but on the whole I much prefer them. I'm not so good on the drops - I always feel unbalanced and hate downhill more than uphill! I really love the challenge of a good long bike ride, most I have done is a really guelling 100km which was relentlessly hilly but the elation of completing it outweighed all the other feelings. Hoping to get out a couple of times this weekend.
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  4. Timtrain

    Timtrain Active Member

    I start out years ago on a drop bar, as the years go on and the back isn't a flexible, I moved to flat bars. Recently I've gone back to drop bar, mainly because of the frame geometry changing, to give a more relaxed riding position.
  5. DCBassman

    DCBassman Über Member

    Me too. Up until now, a slicked-up mtb. Have avoided drops, possibly erroneously, due to lots of lower back surgery over the years. But have recently said 'sod it' and grabbed the opportunity to have a much lighter road bike. Not even ridden it yet - let's see what happens!
    Alan O likes this.
  6. DCBassman

    DCBassman Über Member

    Fun happened!
  7. Part time cyclist

    Part time cyclist Über Member

    my first bike purchase as an adult was back in 2010 an i bought a specialized sirrus that i rode for 4 years i slowly upgraded parts as the failed and converted it to a drop bar bike. i then purchased a giant tcr 2 drop bar bike in 2014 which i did many miles on and have just bought a more relaxed geometry road bike the giant defy
    so its now dropped bar bike all the way for me and i am a 50 year old MAMIL
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  8. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    I'm picking up the new dropbar bike tomorrow.
    Ideally I would do a few miles round the local parks , but I need to get it home first.
    Shortest route to the canal path will have to do.
  9. pjd57

    pjd57 Über Member

    First impressions , after a couple of runs today.

    Great . Much faster on the flat. Still getting used to the gears for climbing. Feels a lot better , even if it's not a lot quicker.
  10. jbw57

    jbw57 Member

    Started out with a hybrid flat bar and just recently added a drop bar.....I enjoy both
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  11. Tazmanian Devil

    Tazmanian Devil Regular

    I have always had flat bar cycles as a child growing up. My first drop bar road bike was a 1976 chrome coloured "Silver Streak", which had 10 speed for a number of years plus used it in the 1994 London to Brighton and 1995 Norwich 100 sportive. As I also wanted to have a bike that I could use off road so bought my first 1991 Trek 970 MTB with front fork suspension. Since then upgraded from 1976 drop bar bike to 2011 Trek Lexa SL, another drop bar bike, which I still use for winter and turbo training.
  12. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
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    I bought this Specialized AWOL here and somebody had fitted it with flat bars. I just yearned to get back to drops so with a bit of help from Evans in the UK and Decathlon here I converted it. Much happier now.
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  13. Goofball

    Goofball Active Member

    Had a racer when I was a kid, three speed which was a lot back then.
    After that was straight handlebars until tomorrow moning, when I will road test the racer I converted back to drop handlebars.
  14. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    Looks nicer now, I think drops are more comfortable than the flat bar.
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  15. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    I used to ride drop bar bikes until my early 20s when I gave up cycling. Started again at 63 but on flat bars as I thought I was too old, with a dodgy spine, for drops. I really enjoyed riding flats then after four years I made up an Equilibrium road bike to give it a try. After a few rides I got the fit right and now I ride the road bike 80% of the time.

    I have done quite a few hilly 50 mile rides this year, riding both flat and drop, and tbh I feel just as comfortable and no more tiredness riding one or the other.
    Last edited: 4 Oct 2017
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