FLAT HANDLEBARS OR DROPPED HANDLEBARS?

Handlebars on road bikes are flat or dropped? What are the tradeoffs between the two styles?

Your decision may be based on your perceived comfort on the bike. But comfort can come not only from your position on the bike, but your ability to vary that position.

If you can’t make up your mind which is best for you, this quick animated video may give you food for thought.

3 comments on “FLAT HANDLEBARS OR DROPPED HANDLEBARS?
  1. Trish Payne says:

    awesome! Thanks.

  2. Saunterre Irish says:

    Very helpful. First time I’ve seen a more detailed explanation as to the different ways dropped handlebars can be adjusted to accommodate a rider who prefers a more upright position.

  3. Gail says:

    This is interesting. I ride a Terry with a flat bar and bar ends so I have an adequate number of hand positions but I have often wondered whether I’d get more power and/or efficiency out of a bike with drop bars. For example, might the tighter angle cause your core to engage better? Might it reduce inefficient upper body movement? Do you have any thoughts on this?

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