- not getting on with drop bars?
ac282 – Member
This will probably mean that your stem isn’t slammed.
Can I refer you to this ?
// Slam your stem.
A maximum stack height of 2cm is allowed below the stem and a single 5mm spacer must always – always – be stacked above. A “slammed down” stack height is preferable; meaning that the stem is positioned directly on the top race of the headset.Posted 4 years agoSTATOMember
The Nitto bars I-R posted are very good, reccomend them for touring, also they dont have a lot of reach so the brakes will not be as far out the front.
You really need to raise that bar tho, tops level with the saddle is a good place to start for touring, it might feel to high initially but it means the drops are accessible all the time giving you more hand placement options. It would also pull the bars towards you, reducing the uncomfortable feeling MTBers get when running narrow road bars.Posted 4 years agothe wandererMember
I’ve also been wondering about drops. My Croix der Fer is my first real bike with drops and I am always on the hoods – with the disc brakes I never lack in braking power. Every time I try the drops it feels too low and squashed.
Am I missing something by not using the drops?
Would something like the cowbells mean I get more use/advantage of the drops?Posted 4 years ago
i think of all the replies on this post, Bencooper has hit the nail on the head.Posted 4 years ago
most of the blokes on this forum will either never need or be able (paunch) to ride on the drops.
so why have them fitted to a bike at all. flats. risers, butterflys, marys, carnegies, jones loops, h bars, j bars are far more suitable for us blokes.benmanMember
Would something like the cowbells mean I get more use/advantage of the drops?
The Salsa Cowbells only have a smidge of a flare on the drops (12 degrees I think?). But they feel far more comfortable for me than vertical drops. Generally I only use them when descending on the CX bike.Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriberton wrote:
i think of all the replies on this post, Bencooper has hit the nail on the head.
most of the blokes on this forum will either never need or be able (paunch) to ride on the drops.
so why have them fitted to a bike at all. flats. risers, butterflys, marys, carnegies, jones loops, h bars, j bars are far more suitable for us blokes.
It’s an indication of the power of marketing, tradition and a desire to “conform”. The Rose Bikes catalogue dropped through the letterbox this morning and I couldn’t help but think of this thread whilst reading it. It paints a picture of a country where folk use bikes for all sort of practical reasons and fit all sorts of practical accessories. Over here the mags and forums have mostly missed this out in favour of DH gnar and lycra-bound road racers.Posted 4 years agomr_averageMember
I built my Croix de Fer up with Cowbells and would recommend them. The angle of the hoods feels natural (try standing up with your arms hanging lose by your side – then look at how your hands are pointing). True that the drops aren’t used much but they are still useful and offer a third position to share the load between different muscles. Bar hight on the OP looks too low to me.
It doesn’t seem right to me that some setups – eg butterfly bars – put your hands in front of the brake levers. I’d have thought that was asking for trouble.Posted 4 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
I like drops, I think it helps me when I want to get down to avoid a headwind or to really press on for a mile or five. I did use a drop bar bike through most of my teens and twenties and came late to MTBs. Never had a drop from saddle to bar like in that pic though. On my current setup top of bars more or less level with saddle, bottom of drops three or four inches below. STI brake levers quite far up on the bends, plenty of power for braking while on the hoods, which are a slight stretch away from natural arm drop, which is more at the top bend, my fave spot. I use crosstop levers too, so have brakes in reach while sat up on the tops.
But, I’ve given up on SPDs, probably for good this time, and if drops aren’t for you, I wouldn’t worry about it. Get comfy and get on with it. Just fitted new saddle so here’s a gratuitous pic.
Posted 4 years agodufresneoramaMember
Maybe a flat bar wide enough for you with bar extenders? A bit crazy tourer looking though:Trekking extenders[img]http://www.on-one.co.uk/imgs/products/440x380_constWH/HBCISPINTR-26-SIL_P2.jpg[/img]
Since building my LHT I’ve tried a few different bar combinations started with
Trekking Butterfly bars – far too upright and a nightmare for cable routing and shifter positions.
Nitto Randos – in the widest they make 45cm, still too narrow on the hoods and too much reach made it not a nice position. Drops were pretty comfy though.
Midge – this:
while the width was (sort of) welcome the drop and brake position is awful if you have hands larger than a size medium. I found my hands scrunched up and aching (I use the drops a lot on normal bars) as the curve is very small and doesn’t leave space for a big hand. Your hands are then angled horribly on the hoods and reaching the brake levers is a pain. The levers are also about four yards from the bar in the drop position. And the top is very narrow, so when you want a comfy, upright, touring position you’ve only got 38cm to play with.
I found I couldn’t really use them on the hoods and the ends of the drops could do with being a be a few inches longer.
Nitto noodles – they come wide. but I liked the flare of the rando bars.
Velo randos – looked to have too much reach to make braking on the hoods comfortable.
Salsa Woodchipper flare looked too extreme, more similar to the midge.
I’ve recently got some Salsa cowbells…but not fitted them yet so can’t comment. 46cm wide measured center to centre rather than at the ends. Shorter reach and less flare than the others, and longer in the drops.
2 mates ride lht’s also. One with flat bars, ergo grips and bar ends. He finds it comfortable but a little sore after a long day.Posted 4 years ago
The other has butterfly bars and finds them very comfortable too.bent udderMember
If you have poor core stability (and most cyclist do) then a pro-roadie drop position will be uncomfortable, as you’ll be moving a lot of weight to your hands. If you’re supporting your torso with your hands, it’s going to hurt like crazy.
Look at modern road bikes for, uh, ‘enthusiasts’ – the head tube is pretty long. This makes it easier to use drop bars and get the benefit without being a yoga deity.
I went out on my Tricross for a ride for the first time in months on Sunday and suffered like crazy. Last November (the last time I rode it – excuses: house move, second nipper, work) I din’t have a problem on a 120 mile overnight ride using the drops. A 20 mile ride nearly killed me this weekend.
I’d look to try a more upright position, shallower drop bars (FSA makes some lovely bars in up to 44cm – try a pair, they’re better than every other FSA component I’ve ever used and thrown away put together) and proper advice from a roadie shop on bar and brake position before ditching drops and going for flat bars.
Why all this? Well, despite what’s been said above, drops are actually pretty damn amazing in a headwind. Aerodynamics matter a lot more when you’re riding on the road, and being able to hide from the wind a little makes an enormous difference. And yes, I know it matters most at 25mph and above, but even if you’re plodding at 12mph into a 15mph headwind, that’s still 27mph of apparent windspeed you have to contend with.
Hope this helps. Rather than dropping loads on a new bar and STI set up, tinker a little with what you have, and find a good road shop to go to. Pay for the bike fit if needs be. It’s worth it.
 Of course, this also applies to rando bars and similar – basically, if you can make your frontal profile nice and teeny, you’re winning.[/edit]Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
go for a more compact drop, or something with flared drops? – Midge bars etc.
+1. Well maybe not midge bars but certainly less drop. I found FSA do a 120mm drop 460mm wide bar to replace the monsters that came fitted on my bike. And I do use them, being on the drops makes an appreciable difference when riding into a head wind…Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’ve never been that comfy on drops, I’ve ended up fitting mine really high with what everyone else in the world says is too short a stem, and suddenly it all makes sense, all the positions work. In short- conventional wisdom is good but fannying around is better.
Bullhorns are ace though, I miss mine.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Don’t bolt on loads of crap. Experiment with all the variables first. There are far more variables in drops than flats or risers, so it pays to tweak. New bars with longer hoods or smaller curves or something.
I was going to say ‘there are drops, and there are drops’ but really there are drops and drops and drops and then some more drops. And each one has a myriad combinations. You have loads of leeway where to put the brakes. I found it impossible to use the brakes on the drops on my roadie, but I rotated the bars forward a lot so the flat bit is pointing down, then I moved the bars back around so that on the hoods my hands sit in a sort of saddle.
Post a pic of yourself on the bike.Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
jp-t853 – Member
I am the same so I go with riser bars with bar ends on my Kaffenback.
I don’t do more than about 70 miles in a day but always feel comfortable with this set up.
My average speed is not amazing but I always enjoy being out.
Same here – Old Rockhopper set up as a tourer – nice wide risers and soft bar ends.
Works a treat.
Deffo trying butterfly bars later this year – always wanted to give em a go.
Randonneur bars are ace as well – used nothing else for touring years ago but haven’t seen any for yonks – might order a set of the ones up there for the road bike.Posted 4 years agoRetrodirectMember
Gotta put in my two penceth.
Butterfly bars – NOOOOOOO! Don’t do it! I rode a 3,500mile tour on them and have vowed never to use them again. A flat bar with LONG bar ends works much better, atleast for me.
I set them up nearly flat so I could stretch into them.
The curves between the flat section where your brake levers are and the forward facing bar endy sections have a really large radius curve which is really uncomfortable and stop you hooking your thumbs off the edge. Takes quite a bit of usable area off the bars, both fore and aft aswell as side to side.
I also found the forward aero section was always just TOO far away to be useful. (and I was a fairly flexible 21 year old when I was using them)
I then tried moustache bars set slightly closer to me than the butterflies. They were super-comfy but the brake levers were always in the wrong place. The levers never followed the angle of my wrist during braking and you couldn’t set them up to without losing the hoods position.Posted 4 years ago
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