Did you change from Hybrid to Drop Bar Bike

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

  1. Use hybrid/flat bar only

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

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

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

    4 vote(s)
  1. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    There’s also s number of people with the same attitude but who wouldn’t ride a road bike. Same rubbish attitude!!!

    Then there’s the rest of us that are in between and happy to let others enjoy whatever they choose! ;)
  2. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    It depends where you are. I posted a picture a while ago of a bike rack here. Maybe 70% were what people insult as "sit up and beg", either town bikes or roadsters. The rest were hybrids and I think one each of MTB and road bike or possibly gravel/adventure.
  3. snertos999

    snertos999 Well-Known Member

    Errmm, that is the exact point I made!
  4. youngoldbloke

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

    Haven't we been here so, so many times in the past? I use drop bars. I ride with a large road club. Lots of the members use drop bars. Some use flat bars. No one looks down on them. Some of them are very fit and fast. It makes no odds. We don't all ride 'arse in the air, nose to the tyre' on our 'razor blade' saddles. We are not trendy fashion victims, 'crippling' ourselves to get into 'aggressive, aero' positions. We simply prefer drops. I started with flat bars, I moved to drop bars, and stuck with them - for over 55 years now. Enough of these boring cliches.
  5. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Ohio, USA
    I think it is very much dependent on where you live. Here unfortunately most bikers in my area are recreational riders only and hardly anyone commutes, and the area is full of people who like money and like you to know that they have it (in their homes, cars, landscaping companies they hire, etc.) We have found the local club to seem very snobbish. I ride a hybrid for enjoyment and commuting and am not a racer, so I am not a member as all rides are (according to their website) 'training' type rides with aggressive speeds. I had always been more of a moderately-averaged-paced-but-long-to-tire kinda rider who enjoys nature trails or in town errands.

    My brother went on a group ride for his work (he works at our largest LBS) and it was including our county's club members, and he borrowed a 'proper' road bike from a friend since this was not on the towpath like the shop's usual rides. The fellas complimented his ride and he replied that he borrowed it from J, and his was the CrossRip over at the rack. They looked over and told him that if he got a real road bike maybe he could ride with them some day, and snubbed him after that. Apparently his rack and fenders with 35mm tires for practical commuting along streets or a towpath were a turn-off. Didn't matter that it was an expensive-to-him bike and great for his needs, or that he could ride just as fast and far as them. Here it is a status symbol. He wants to streamline his CrossRip this spring with slicks and take off the gear so that he can ride with them and I am wondering why he would want to.

    It makes me sad, cycling is a joy and no one should be made to feel that their bike is 'less than' or that they can't ride with someone because of their gear. (This group also requires club jerseys on all their club rides, purchased from the club website of course. Spandex is ok for some but I have a tumor that is less noticeable in loose clothing that i am self conscious about, and some people just aren't comfortable in it.) I think that anyone riding a bike that they enjoy is good!

    I do not prefer drops but do not think anything of those that like them. My handlebars are also a bit higher because I had back trouble in the past, so my bike is set up to be comfortable to me. Bikes are like shoes, it is definitely not one-size-fits-all and you should not be made fun of for your shoes OR your bike.
  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Not entirely: your area is mostly hybrids, whereas they're a minority here. It's more than likely there are MTB and road bike dominated areas around.
  7. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    Everyone has a different shape and different level of flexibility. I ride with the bars pretty low and saddle looks pretty high in comparison. I find it very comfortable that way. Others might look and judge me for being in what appears to be an aggressive aero position. I don’t see what business it is of theirs, even if they think I am trying to be fashionable and am following the Pro’s. It’s just my normal position and I like it. If they ride more upright, with flat bars, I don’t have an opinion or any judgement whatsoever.

    I find it interesting that some people accuse others of judging them, just by assuming so, based solely on the other persons ride or position. The print being that they are actually judging the other person whilst doing so! :smile:
  8. DCBassman

    DCBassman Über Member

    I've tried both now, and come to the realisation that drops are not for me. But the lovely light frame...so I'll turn it into a hybrid. There's no money tied up in it, so...
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  9. JhnBssll

    JhnBssll Senior Member

    How long does it take to adapt to drop bars? I ask because I've been using them for about 15 months now and I'm still having to move things around... I've been gradually lowering the bars over the months and rotating them forwards. I'm hoping I'm nearly there now, I tweaked things mid ride and spent the last 10 miles or so on the drops this afternoon and it felt super comfy. The thing is I'm worried im getting deja-vu as im sure i thought that last time i adjusted them :laugh:
  10. MrPorridge

    MrPorridge Regular

    North West England
    Really stupid question.... How much work is involved in converting a drop bar bike to a flat bar?

    I guess you'd have to change the brakes/gear-shifters and this might be a problem because of incompatible systems. So you might possibly have to change the brakes and "geary bits" (I think I'm showing how thick I am here) too.

    I'm only asking as I'm considering getting a "drop bar do-it-all" gravel-ish style bike, along the lines of the Px Kaffenback, Pinnacle Pyrolyte or Arkose, Genesis Croix De Fer etc.

    My last drop bar bike was a Puch Cavalier in about ...err.. 1980, so I've no way of guessing how I'll get along with "a racer" (our term for anything with drop bars) in my significantly older, less flexible and more knackered-out state, beyond putting time and miles on the bike.
    It would therefore be reassuring to know that if I didn't cope with drop bars, I could swap them for flat bars without having to buy a whole new push-iron.

    I've noticed that the Kaff comes in a flat bar version so I'm guessing there's nothing inherently incompatible in the frame design that would prevent this. Is this true of most "gravel bike" style frames? (I read somewhere that proper road frames don't make sense with flat bars but am assuming, if true, this is due to the more agressive geometry.)

    Sorry if the above is something I should know already.
  11. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Ohio, USA
    I am hanging out with my brother this evening (he works in our LBS) so I can ask him for you. His buddy just converted a flat bar fat bike (Surly) to drops and didn't act like it was super involved but I am not sure. He has a gravel bike, a Trek Crossrip, and enjoys it for its versatility.
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  12. DCBassman

    DCBassman Über Member

    @MrPorridge just about to start doing this very thing. I'll be posting endlessly about it, just you watch!
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  13. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    I've been riding them 30 years or more and I'm still moving things around. Bodies change.
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  14. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Less than going the other way, I think. Worst case, you can pad controls intended for 23.8mm diameter drop bars to grab 22.2mm flat bars more easily than forcing flat bar controls to grab a fatter drop bar, although STIs will look odd like that.
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  15. DavidS

    DavidS Well-Known Member

    Keighley, W. Yorks
    Thought to myself last June that I would buy a new bike because my old one - BSA WestCoast was heavy.
    Now I have a carbon fiber CX bike.

    Pics and back story on my blog below.
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