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Cowhorn bars? like riding with your hands on lever hoods? NM(4 posts)

Cowhorn bars? like riding with your hands on lever hoods? NMTrevo
Apr 18, 2003 10:07 PM
Basically, but better...timfire
Apr 19, 2003 7:34 PM
Bullhorns basically imitate the hoods position, but they do it better. First, you get a better grip, because you don't have to contend with the bottom part of the drop bar. Second, you get a better grip on the brake levers, because you can run the levers parallel to the bar (unlike in the traditional hoods position with the levers perpendicular). And third, if you get some bullhorns with a bit of drop, you can tilt the bars upward without having to sacrifice reach like you do with dropbars. This allows you to get a more comfortable wrist angle.

I've been riding bullhorns exclusively for the last 4 months. A couple days ago I thought I would change things up and put the drop bars back on my bike. I immediately was reminded how much better I like the bullhorns. Tomorrow I'll probably switch them back.

--TK
PS: I ride with syntace bars...timfire
Apr 19, 2003 7:36 PM
They are a bit more ergonmonic(sp?) than other bars, which adds to my overall comfort.

--TK
On BHs.Steve_0
Apr 22, 2003 3:47 AM
I agree bullhorns top drops if you ride EXCLUSIVELY on the hoods...but the drops are FAR more versatile.

Basically, with BH, you ride the tops, or the 'hoods'. With drops, you get the same positions PLUS the ramp, in the bends (with braking equal to the BH), or on the drops;