Flat Bar v Drop Bar

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by HLaB, 12 Aug 2018.

  1. I prefer a dropped bar but this video gives a good insight IMO :okay:
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  2. delb0y

    delb0y Guru

    Quedgeley, Glos
    Rode flat bar bikes up until I was about 15, then drops until I was 55. Now got another flat bar bike and there's no contest - flat bars every time now (although I still have the drop bar bike). But then, as the song goes, I'm built for comfort not speed. I enjoy tow paths and light off-road trails and I feel much more secure descending with the straight bars. I find climbing easier, too. That body position in the video for the drop bar bike looks likes a racing position to me - my neck aches just looking at that. But I get that I'm in the minority :-)
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  3. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I can't get on with flat bars at all, so it's drops for me every time.
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  4. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Got to have a few of each. I rides straights more than drops but I find drops more comfortable.
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  5. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    For pootling and utility trips I like the flat bar. For long rides drops all the way
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  6. simonali

    simonali Guru

    Really? I'd better make some more room in the garage!
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  7. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Just realized I have 3 with drops and 3 with straights, I had never thought of that before. Still got to get a fatbike, but jet ski may come first.
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  8. simonali

    simonali Guru

    I love the look of fatbikes but fail to see any point in them. What is it they can do that a MTB can't?
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  9. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Some of my bikes have flat bars, and some of them have drops. I like both.
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  10. tommaguzzi

    tommaguzzi Über Member

    south yorkshire
    horses for courses. my commuter has flat bars i find them more managable and the brakes are easer to operate while doing frequent stops in town, my road bikes all have drops. i find drops better for longer distances beause i can change my body, hand and arm position to ease my aching old back, they also help me to get down low when riding into the wind.
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  11. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Fun, that is what bikes are about. You can ride a fat bike in places you cannot others.
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  12. Hedgemonkey

    Hedgemonkey Upright and forwards, just.

    NE Derbyshire
    Flat bars with some of those weird shaped but very comfortable Giant Ergo bar ends for my commuter, drops on the others. Different bars different uses.
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  13. freiston

    freiston Senior Member

    Back in my youth, the general rule of thumb was for the tops of your bars to be level with your saddle. A lot of the road bikes sold nowadays have the bars a lot lower than the saddle and on a steerer/stem that cannot be raised like the old quill stems. Admittedly the drops are a lot shallower nowadays and might not be much different in vertical distance from the saddle as in the old days. Riding on the tops or the hoods nowadays is a lot lower than it used to be on a drop-handlebar bike (there might be exceptions amongst the racing fraternity) and that might contribute to the lack of comfort with drop bars.

    I have my bars quite high and with a deep drop. With fingertips on the tops and straight arms, I can ride in a very upright position. I find riding with hands "gripping" a bar parallel to the chest (rather than at right angles) too uncomfortable to maintain and cannot get on with straight bars. It's nice to go to the drops downhill or in a head wind too.
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  14. simonali

    simonali Guru

    Are any of them racing bikes?
  15. simonali

    simonali Guru

    Give me an example. Do they float on water, for example? Can you ride across quicksand without sinking? Do they stick to the ceiling?
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