Discussion in 'Beginners' started by doyler78, 10 Jun 2008.
Sweet same as dads one then just different colour I do find his comfier to ride it is a sweet bike
Decided to take the plunge after 3 months in the saddle. Starting to get a bit obsessed with this cycling thingy... My back injury is holding up so I am going to convert my Merida Speeder 200 - Flat Bar Road to drop bars. Parts on order and LBS is going to assist at the weekend. Very excited !
I've now decided to go the other way, and flat-bar my Scott road bike.
After reading this comment I am having second thought of buying a road bike.
Hope i have not made a mistake of going for a drop bar road bike as a complete first timer to cycling. I only needed a bike to ride to uni and around town.
I am expecting delivery for the bike today. Can some advise me if I should send it back or stick to it? It's the btwin 500se.
No, I went the other way.
You'll be alright, just give yourself some time to get used to it, I've ridden drop bars and flats and all are o.k. You will not be staring at the tyre, unless the bike is too big.Most people ride on the tops and hoods anyway which is similar to a flat bar. Dont be put off by negative comments.
Thanks. I will take it out for a spin tomorrow when I receive it.
Why did you go for it? Only you can decide if it's the right bike. Drop bar road bikes tend to be easier to get moving at speed and so on, but not as good for looking around, not quite as comfortable (but I'm talking about 100s of miles there, not rides around town) and often not able to carry/tow as much luggage on the bike, but those are only tendencies and specific bikes of each type can be different - there are drop bar road bikes which can lug great loads and there are some spectacularly uncomfortable flat bar bikes.
If most people ride on the tops/hoods, why don't they just get a hybrid?
Dont know, maybe more hand positions still and more choices.
Drop bars are cool. Swept North Roads and porters aren't, despite offering similar hand positions to tops and hoods. Risers and straight bars aren't cool and don't have the hand positions. Then there's that most drop bars are narrower, helping the aerodynamics, often about 40cm compared with about 50 for swepts (I've a set of 42cm swepts but they are rare) and 60 sometimes even 70 now for uncut straight bars.
You see to me, they look almost 'wrong' on a bike. Lovely lines etc etc then those stupid antlers at the front, bloody horrendous!
Also, most people don't care about all the other things you mentioned.
Take a look outside any train station, university halls etc...90% of bikes are one form of hybrid or another.
As hard as it is for roadies to admit it, they are the 'niche' section of cyclists.
And regarding hand positions? I have Ergon grips and am all set there, thanks. And I can reach the brakes in a microsecond.
More hand positions. That old line trotted out again.
Ergon grips and brakes within easy reach. Sorted, ta.
That is particularly true when you look at how many road cyclists will turn their noses up at anything that costs under £500, and casually dismiss all budget bikes, good or bad, as being just BSO's. They're the "untouchables" of the elitist cycling world; and are treated as though they probably carry some horrible infectious disease. The vast majority of bikes being ridden in this country as station hacks, pub bikes, commuter bikes, going down to the shops bikes etc, fall within that low-end budget/BSO category and almost all of them have flat bars.
There's definitely an element out there that think that "proper" cyclists just don't ride with flat bars, but must have drops, and furthermore that unless you ride around with your arse sticking up in the air and your nose right down on the front tyre in an extreme racing position, you still aren't a "proper" cyclist, even if you have got drops but choose not to cripple yourself. It's all about appearances.
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