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ed_m




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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 9:47 am    Post subject: 'andlebars Reply with quote

having fallen off like a twat last weekend, my handlebar tape is ripped up and the brake lever has shifted a bit... this got me thinking about replacements etc.

i use this bike for racing & training so i can't go for anything too wacky.. that said however, i never use the drop position. So i'm really after something with 3 equivalent positions:
- on top (for when i'm knackered)
- hoods which is my usual lazy position
- aero on the tri bars

any ideas ? bearing in mind i still need to be able to brake & change gear!

option 1 Arrow retape, reposition and live with it
option 2 Arrow retape, reposition and hacksaw some of the superfluous drop section off
option 3 Arrow some kind of bull horn shape setup
option 4 Arrow <insert ideas here>

cheers.
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Daz




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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ed,

option 3

what did you think about the carbon 'bull horn' aero bars on sale by tri-uk?
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G




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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have a pair of bull horn type handlebars. The only problem that I would see with those is the positioning of the gear shifters. I had mine mounted on the end of my tribars, which made it unstable when I wasn't racing. Guess there wouldnt be a problem with sticking the combined brake and gear unit on the end would just be oriented at a weird angle.

If you don't use the drops then these are pretty good.

Cheers

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Daz




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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, my racing bike is set up this way too. Great racing on the flat, but for hilly races and general training I'd prefer the comfort of the standard drops. Cool
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Cougie




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2003 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about fast descents ? I definitely use the drops there. Which is prob the reason why all the peleton in the Tour have normal bars.
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ed_m




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2003 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

very occasionally on downhills i'll ride on the drops.... usually if its in traffic i'll stay on the hoods.. if it's not i'll be on the tri bars (fearless ? or stupid ?)
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Cougie




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hoods are fine for most things, but if you really need to brake hard, you need to be on the drops.
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ed_m




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2003 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm.. if you say so
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Cougie




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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in the Alps next week - and I'm not gonna be descending all those hairpin bends on the hoods - just waaaay too steep !
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2003 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might also have a problem with fitting the breaks on bull horns so they work fully. We recently tested Oval concepts aero bars which although very light etc had real problems fitting sti brakes so check with your local retailer first.
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