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Caveat: This answer features rampant personal speculation and anecdotal evidence. I personally the current dominance of flat bars in mainstream cycling is the result of two main events: The flood of cheap 10 speed knock-offs entered the market in the 70's and 80's. The explosion of MTB bikes in the 80's and 90's (which featured flat bars). Event 1: ...


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Flat bars are easier to learn on than drop bars (unless the latter have interrupter brake levers). At this stage low speed manoeuvrability matters more than efficiency. Some people with small hands apparently have trouble braking firmly from the hoods and getting into the drops is tricky for a novice (I dismiss starting in the drops as I've never got on with ...


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OPINION Drop bars should never have been popular. There was a surge in popularity for the "ten-speed" in the 70s and 80s, and part of that look was drop bars. This artificially made drops seem like a common thing and a good idea. As the MTB arrives in the 90s, flat bars re-exert themselves for the added width and leverage, returning drop bars to their ...



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