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drop bars or bullhorns(4 posts)

drop bars or bullhornsctisevn
May 8, 2002 3:27 PM
I just built up a surly steamroller and am switching out the stem for a shorter one and am contemplating putting bullhorn bars on for a bit. What are the advantages of bullhorns over drops and what might I lose? I only need room for one lever as I only have the frt brake so thats not a factor. I am hoping to improve the handling with the shorter stem and perhaps the TT bars but dont want to lose alot of comfort as I use this as my primary ride.
re: drop bars or bullhornsfeathers mcgraw
May 8, 2002 6:20 PM
I have bullhorns on my fixie. If you primarily ride on the tops and the hoods, the bullhorns will give you both positions. If you're using just one lever drops won't give you those two positions.
re: drop bars or bullhornsThaddeus
May 9, 2002 8:36 AM
I have both for my Steamer, and switch them every two weeks or so...

I started out with the pursit (bullhorn) bars because many guys were riding track drops. However, the draw to have both proved too much.

You might find that after buying one, you want the other.

Anecdotally, I was cruising down a slight hill in DC on my way to a friends when a woman stepped into traffic right in front of me...We did the typical back-and-forth dance and although I took an inside line, she did not get it and one of her bag handles got caught on the pursuit bar. Sure enough, she refused to let go, yanked me down (in traffic) and pulled her on top of my bike. Beware.
re: drop bars or bullhornsctisevn
May 9, 2002 9:41 AM
thanks for the input. kinda makes me wish I would have gone with an open face stem. Doh!! It'll make for some good practice taping bars.