Flat bar road bike as a winter trainer?
“Flat bar road bike” – you mean a hybrid?
Yeah – why not? Many folk argue that an upright position is better for riding in traffic anyway and if you’re not bothered about ultimate speed then a slightly less aerodynamic riding position isn’t going to bother you.Posted 4 years ago
for an hour post work blat when you don’t have time for the post ride tidy up operation, a road-specific bike is great. Flat bar/drop bar is just down to your preference really – and it’s not necessarily fact that flat bar bikes are more comfy. Boardman do some great HybridsPosted 4 years ago
I am put off road bikes because of the bars gears set up so thought a more familiar position via flat bar would be better? – See more at: http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/flat-bar-road-bike-as-a-winter-trainer#post-5535616
try them – you very quickly get use to them, and for road riding they make more sense – more weight over the front wheel makes handling better. You soon get used to the gear/brake units and how to brake/shift at the same time, it’s more seamless than mtb.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
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But seriously… Sometimes for a short ride it’s so much hassle for mountain biking, get dressed, go riding for an hour, then spend as much time washing, maybe maintaining, cleaning kit, etc etc. So yep agreed.
And personally I don’t like drop bars much, it’s worth trying as it really is better, but it’s not for everyone The difference between a hybrid and a mountain bike is actually very small so an old cheap mtb makes an ideal hybrid… Or, Halfords do a couple of nice flat road bikes/fast hybrids.
Buuut, it seems like this is an N+1, if it’s just occasional rides use your mtb?Posted 4 years ago
@Northwind….I did use my 29er hardtail last year for a short rural loop for rubbish weather days but I have a 29er full suss now with nobbly winter tyres on, I think it would be a proper drag……plus the stares from the large roadie contingent locally would just be tooo much to bare 😆Posted 4 years agowinston_dogMember
Have you tried a bike with compact drop bars?
I never used to like drop bars, I had a road bike but never rode “in the drops”, just didn’t feel comfortable.
Then I got a bike with compact drop bars and found them excellent, could comfortably use all the positions.Posted 4 years agodirtygirlonabikeMember
Go for a drop bar road bike. I have a flat bar one for commuting on so i can use studded tyres in winter and there’s no way it’d be as fun, fast or comfy for proper road miles.
Most winter bikes will be reasonably heavy anyway so less twichy than a full on race bike if you have worries about using the drops. But there’s nothing to worry about using the drops if the bike fits you properly – and compact bars are ace. 8)Posted 4 years ago
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