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POLL: Flats bars or Drop bars on your fixie? (and why?)(8 posts)

POLL: Flats bars or Drop bars on your fixie? (and why?)ss-nyc
Sep 22, 2003 4:35 AM
I have drops on my geared road bike and like it for longer rides but I have flats on my single-speed country road bob sicne I usually never use it for more than 25 mile rides.

I have heard that fixed riding is a entirely different experience so I am not sure which way to go. I have borrowed bikes from people for short rides but nothing more than a few miles. Drops seem nice but I also like a more upright position with flat bars as well for short rides.

Would having flat bars be a problem in the early stages of my fixed learning curve or would they be an asset since they are usually wider than drops and can give you more balance/control?

Would having flat bars on a fixie be a problem as my rides become longer?

Drops on the fixie, straights on the singlespeed ...Humma Hah
Sep 22, 2003 6:01 AM
... The chopped "English Racer" bars (European commuter bike bars) on the cruiser are fine for its intended use at modest speeds, and very comfortable at century-plus distances. I consider them a historic part of the bike, probably the first solid bars ever installed on a MTB, and among the first straight bars used on a MTB.

The fixie is a Paramount. Paramounts were available with various bars, including straight and cruiser bars, but I think they just look WRONG if equipped with anything but drops. This particular bike is the first roadbike on which I've ever felt comfortable "in the drops." But the bike would be fine with straight or flat bars, at the modest pace I usually ride.
re: POLL: Flats bars or Drop bars on your fixie? (and why?)Steve_0
Sep 22, 2003 8:00 AM
sometimes ride Moustaches - can get very aero and yet very upright, but usually ride, and prefer, flipped-&-clipped 40cm bars.

They allow for multiple hand posistions. Easily simulates flats and hoods. Nice and narrow for squuueeezing through traffic.

My personal feeling is "I never use the drops, so why keep 'em around?"

I dont think flats in the 'learning process' are necessarly a benefit or a hinderence; you should select the most comfortable bars for you.
Drops with clip on aero-barsdzrider
Sep 22, 2003 9:07 AM
They only time I dislike riding fixed is into the wind and so I try to minimize its effect.
Sep 22, 2003 12:54 PM
I prefer bullhorn bars--you get the flat position on top, plus an aero position forward.
My 2 cents...Trevo
Sep 24, 2003 1:47 PM
I liked my fixed when it had a flat bar. But drop bars give you more positions.

Same thing, but...ramboorider
Sep 24, 2003 5:37 PM
I like WIDE bars on my fixie for those times when you're wrestling the bike up a little too steep a hill. So I took an old set of 46 cm drop bars and sawed off the drops just past where they start to bend down, flipped 'em over, and have essentially the same thing as cowhorn bars but wider. I guess this is what folks are referring to as clipped and flipped.

Oct 8, 2003 10:17 AM
upside-down cruiser bars. Why? They were $6 at a LBS and fit into my cheapo fixie conversion nicely. The bars flare out at almost a 45 deg. angle, making for a comfy grip.