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I ride a flat bar with straight handlebar and a road bike with drop bar. I experience far less pain and numbness in my wrists with the drop bar where my hand position is similar to a handshake.


The brake will only suck in air if air is already present in the reservoir. With some brakes this may not be a problem. With brakes where this is a problem, you could take the rather extreme step of closing the reservoir while immersed in brake fluid (after carefully turning and vibrating to release air bubbles). No, I haven't tried, and yes it would be a ...


I can't speak for every hydraulic brake ever, but when I've done this I didn't worry about it, I just bought sealed brakes and put them on. I'm currently running cheap Shimano ones on my touring bike and have not had any issues, and in the past I used Hayes with similar lack of problems. This bike I switched from cable to hydraulic after cooking the ...


Additional point in favour of drop bars on the road - they take up less width and will fit through tight spaces in traffic better. I put some new grips on my MTB, which added 10mm to the end of the bars. Next ride I clipped a car wing mirror. Drop bars are about as wide as your knees/hips/shoulders while riding, so a narrower profile.


The main advantage is more hand positions. With a regular flat bar, you hold your hands at the grips (with possibly about one more hand position available if you have bar ends). With drop bars, you can hold at: The brake hoods (on top of the brake levers) The drops (the bottom part of the bar) The tops (on the left and right of the stem) That place ...

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