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Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 5:02pm
by hondated
Ok learned ones, todays question is " is there less strain on your stomach using straight bars rather than drops. "
There is a good reason for asking but I will not bore you with the details.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 5:09pm
by reohn2
No.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 5:23pm
by Mick F
Yes, no is the answer. :lol:
I reckon that a correctly set up bike, drops or straights should make no difference to the riding position.

I use drops, but I can hold on the bottom of the drops, or the hoods, or the tops, and my body position doesn't change much at all. I can crouch or tuck in any hand-hold. Best tuck is on the drops.

With straights, you gain and you lose.
Gain is wider 'bars for stability and control at low speed, and maybe more comfortable grips for your hands and wrists.
Loss is not having a variety of positions to hold. This is especially important when you've been in the saddle for hours.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 6:51pm
by ukdodger
Mick F wrote:Yes, no is the answer. :lol:
I reckon that a correctly set up bike, drops or straights should make no difference to the riding position.

I use drops, but I can hold on the bottom of the drops, or the hoods, or the tops, and my body position doesn't change much at all. I can crouch or tuck in any hand-hold. Best tuck is on the drops.

With straights, you gain and you lose.
Gain is wider 'bars for stability and control at low speed, and maybe more comfortable grips for your hands and wrists.
Loss is not having a variety of positions to hold. This is especially important when you've been in the saddle for hours.


Never been able to use drops. I get shoulder ache. Also with straights I can steer using one finger while I sit upright.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 7:08pm
by 531colin
hondated wrote:Ok learned ones, todays question is " is there less strain on your stomach using straight bars rather than drops. "
There is a good reason for asking but I will not bore you with the details.


If your hands are in the same place, then the shape of the bit of pipe makes no difference.
If your hands are in different places, then the question should have been....."does putting your hands {further away/lower/higher/nearer/etc} put more or less strain on your stomach".

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 8:28pm
by mercalia
depends on how much of a beer belly you have?

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 9:11pm
by reohn2
mercalia wrote:depends on how much of a beer belly you have?


It's not the shape of the rider but position of the handlebars.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 9:14pm
by Mick F
Mick F wrote:I reckon that a correctly set up bike, drops or straights should make no difference to the riding position.
reohn2 wrote:It's not the shape of the rider but position of the handlebars.
Like wot I said. :D

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 9:19pm
by hondated
Thanks everyone I think I will dig out the butterfly bars and have another go with them. When I tried them before at 57cm they felt wide but I definitely sat up straighter.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 9:42pm
by LowPlainsDrifter
I cant stand drops and thats what on my Sadar. I don't find them comfortable no matter what hight or position I have them (using the drops). So much so I started using my Falcon Hylander hybrid instead as its more comfy.
I going to put some sort of semi straights on my Sadar when I get round to it and decide which ones.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 9:59pm
by ukdodger
Another take on handlebar comfort is the diameter of the bars. I find the old alloy 25.2mm bars far more comfortable than today's 21mm. The big problem of course is that nothing fits (unless you grind them out like I do).

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 10:02pm
by gordonyoung
I use the old fashion trick - turn the drops upside down and cut the upper loop off. Great for touring!

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 18 Nov 2014, 10:29pm
by horizon
LowPlainsDrifter wrote:I cant stand drops and thats what on my Sadar. I don't find them comfortable no matter what hight or position I have them (using the drops).


You might mean, "no matter what height or position I can get them to". Drops take you further forward than straight bars and the low-cut steerer on the Sardar takes you lower. If you could get your hands in the same position as with straight bars, you might find the forward-facing curved bar very comfortable. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to do so.

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 19 Nov 2014, 12:18am
by LowPlainsDrifter
horizon wrote:
LowPlainsDrifter wrote:I cant stand drops and thats what on my Sadar. I don't find them comfortable no matter what hight or position I have them (using the drops).


You might mean, "no matter what height or position I can get them to". Drops take you further forward than straight bars and the low-cut steerer on the Sardar takes you lower. If you could get your hands in the same position as with straight bars, you might find the forward-facing curved bar very comfortable. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to do so.

Yes but I have an adjustable stem so I can get the bars to sit up higher (and closer to me) but still doesn't feel right. I tried everything and just find it uncomfortable on the drops for more than a few mins and anyway I prefer an upright ride. Maybe some moustache type bars will feel better?

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

Posted: 19 Nov 2014, 1:00am
by mercalia
reohn2 wrote:
mercalia wrote:depends on how much of a beer belly you have?


It's not the shape of the rider but position of the handlebars.


straight bars are in a different position to drops