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"Road bike" handlebars. Aggressive forward crouch. Lots of of hand positions.

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MicroShift R9 derailleurs with Shimano Sora levers

I have been running a MicroShift R9 2x9 groupset (+ Shimano mechanical disc brakes, BR-M375 I believe) on my gravel bike, which is what it came with when I bought it. Now, I am fairly happy with it, ...
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Can I fit my normal brake levers to the curves of the dropbars?

I ride Firefox Rapide 21S, a hybrid bicycle. It has factory fitted flat-riser handlebars with Shimano EF500 levers for V-brakes with gear shifter integrated. I am an unprofessional rider, I always ...
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Is adjusting the angle of a drop handlebar a viable way to reduce wrist pain?

Those who spend a lot of time typing on a computer keyboard or playing on a music keyboard (piano, ..) learn that their wrists should remain as straight as possible. The idea is that the tendons that ...
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Shimano Drop Bar shift+brake lever for 12S Deore XT/SLX build?

Thinking of converting a flat bar hybrid bike (2023 Canyon Pathlite 6) to a drop bar. Looking for a Shimano drop bar shift / brake lever that will work with my current transmission and brakes. SLX 12S ...
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Why do men's bikes have high bars where you can hit your testicles while women's bikes have the bar much lower?

Why do men's bikes have high bars where you can hit your testicles while women's bikes have the bar much lower?
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Is it important to cover the brake lever apparatus with a protective hood?

This question may just be too basic, but was unable to find a direct answer. People seem to assume that a brake lever hood* is a given, but I'm wondering if it's necessary or really does all that much ...
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Hydraulic sub brake lever as primary lever

I can see answers for this question with cables but cannot find an answer for hydraulic brakes. I am looking for a 31.8mm clamp hydraulic disc brake lever for my fixed gear commuter, and have seen the ...
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Are all road bike drop handlebars compatible with all shifter/brake levers

I have a Trek Domane and I want to upgrade the generic basic handlebars with carbon aero handle bars. I want to make sure they would be compatible with the levers. I was thinking of Easton, Prime ...
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Significance of leg banging the bar ends of dropbars—even if it's a relatively rare occurrence

My leg, just above the knee, bangs the bar end of the dropbar. It doesn't happen often—once every 2000 km or so. Still, I'm wondering. I live in a country where we cycle (/drive) on the right side of ...
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Shimano Claris and Sora left brifters interchangeable?

Are the left brifters for Sora ST-R3000 and Claris ST-R2000 interchangeable, assuming they're both 2x? The pull ratio should be the same since they're made for x9 and x8 drivetrains, respectively, ...
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Converting flat bar to drop bar on Trek 7500 FX

I would like to change the flat bars on my Trek 7500 FX hybrid to drop bars but I have been unable to find 3x9 shifters that work with hydraulic disc brakes. Does such a thing exist? Are there other ...
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Where to mount a bell on drop bar handlebars to make it accessible while braking?

Since my commuter bike was stolen, I'm now forced to use my road bike as a stop gap commuter until I find a suitable replacement. The road bike is already equipped with a bell, but it's currently ...
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Can someone ID this brand of a drop bar?

Its a t6 alloy compact dropbar and the specs are engraved in the bar ends. It's the only logo available and its like laser etched so it could be that the old logos could have worn off before I got it.
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Can I upgrade my flat handlebars to drop handlebars [duplicate]

I have a Giant Escape 3 Disc https://www.martinsbike.com/product/giant-escape-3-disc-383035-1.htm I usually ride about 10 miles every day, and I really like the look and feel of drop handlebars. is it ...
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How and when should one use the "On the drops" position on drop handlebars?

This question may be addressed completely by this canonical answer, and I'm happy to remove the question if so. However it's only one answer, and I don't think it could hurt to have more here; I have ...
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Drop bar ends and brakes

I've been getting more into taking my bike out on longer rides and am finding that I would really benefit from having a drop bar. My bike is an old Giant Rapid 2, it's almost entirely stock (I ...
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Drop barends on cruiser handlebar

Suppose you take a cruiser handlebar: And attach drop bar-ends like these to the middle section: What are the problems that might arise? Assume this is for touring long distances.
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Magura rim caliper and Shimano hydraulic road lever compatibility

I have a trekking bike with a slightly short reach for me. On the other hand I wish to get a drop bar bicycle. I could check on this bike that the position is good with drop bars. On this bike I have ...
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How might I measure the proportion of a ride spent in various hand positions, or has it been studied?

This is something I've been pondering for a while, but a recent question How much faster when using drops and particularly Weiwen Ng's answer prompted me to give it more thought. It's often said that ...
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How much faster when using drops

How much faster would a person on a road bike go when using drop handlebars in drop position vs. using flat handlebars? Assume that the power output is the same in either case and that one is going on ...
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Another flatbar to dropbar conversion noob

I am thinking of changing my Boardman HYB to a drop bar setup. Trying to avoid having to change the entire group set if I being honest as I am on a tight budget. Currently, its Shimano Acera 2x9 and ...
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Long bar ends as drop-downs?

There's a pair of long bar ends that I came across on Decathlon (https://www.decathlon.in/p/4407859/cycle-handlebars-stems-and-grips/3-position-long-bar-ends). I was wondering if these could be ...
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MTB to Drop Bar Conversion [duplicate]

I currently have a cheap begginer’s MTB. A Toseek Brandon 27.5er 1x8 with hydraulic disc brakes and I came across a circular drop bar handlebar close to my original flatbar diameter. Is there a ...
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Rental bike for holiday: wise to change handlebar style?

For my next cycling vacation I am evaluating the possibility to locally renting a bike instead of taking mine along: the costs are equivalents and I would save the hassle of carrying the box around. ...
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Why does my front brake cable push out of my brake lever?

Why is my front brake cable getting pushed out of my brake lever? Is a component of the lever itself broken? Crashed into a pole the other day, busted the front brake. Brand new to both riding and ...
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Tektro HD-M290, change to a dropbar lever configuration. Which levers are compatible?

I want to change my cowboy flat handlebar to a drop bar. I have Tektro HD-M290 brakes and I'm searching for a compatible model of drop bar levers. The bicycle has automatic speeds, so I just need ...
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Braking on a vintage road bike

I recently bought a vintage Gitane road bike. I understand that in the 70s and 80s they sold a lot of these road bikes with drop handle bars. Sometimes they came with the extra lever for an easier ...
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How can I improve my cable routing

I need to re-cable* and rewrap my bars anyway. I'd like to take the chance to improve the cable routing for a couple of specific things: The gear cables catch on the dynamo light mounted on the fork ...
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How will swapping drop bars to butterfly bars affect bike fit?

I recently bought a Dawes Super Galaxy from the late 80s or early 90s. When I was researching bike fit beforehand I was told that swapping drop bars to flat bars can affect the bike fit since drop bar ...
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Finding dropbar's exact measurement

I have a GT Grade and I'm planning to swap out the drop bar for something with a smaller reach. It's really easy to find the specs of the replacement bars, but harder to find the drop, reach, and ...
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Options to reduce reach on a gravel bike

I bought a 2020 GT Grade shortly after the pandemic hit. Bought it online, no test drive. It was a bit of a risk, but it seems to fit well enough with one exception: the reach feels a bit long. When I ...
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Sit bone pain and drop handlebars

Looking for some advice. A little background: Admittedly, I am new and just taking up biking (or trying to). I am undecided on which type of bike to buy - a flat bar or a drop style. I realize ...
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Changing SRAM Rival brifters to flat bar - which hydraulic brake levers?

I've got a gravel bike, the Planet X London Road, with SRAM Rival 1x11 groupset. I'm thinking of converting it to a flat bar. From what I have read, any SRAM 11 speed shifter should work, as the ...
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Road bike shipped with one of the brake cable heads disconnected from the brake lever

Is there an easy fix for this? From what I can see, looks like I have to remove the handlebar tape, and route the cable from the handle bar through the casing etc like new. I got the bike from the "...
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What's this "spacer" lever on the front brake lever for?

I made this lamp for my son out of his old Miyata he used to ride all over on. It was too good a machine to just sit outside and ruin. We never noticed this "spacer" lever on the front brake lever. ...
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Flared drop bars making my wrists numb, so am I using them wrong?

I bought a Fuji Jari that comes with flared (25-degree) bars. When I ride, my hands go numb within two miles even though I've been to a fitter. I've found that to keep my wrists straight, I have to ...
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Convert urban/hybrid with hydraulic disk brakes from flat handlebars to drops [duplicate]

I have a urban style bike that I want to convert from flat bars to drops. Can anyone suggest brake levers that: will be compatible with the BR-M355 calipers that came with the bike will be ...
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How do I purchase a drop bar bike that will be converted to flat bar?

I really like the Kona Sutra from both a price and specification point of view. As I have only ridden flat bar bicycles I am not sure if I can used to the drop bar. In case I cannot, I would like to ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

I have gravel bike for around 3 months now with mechanical disc brakes and one thing I have problems with is braking. When I ride on drops (which I do rarely) I can brake well -- I pull the brake ...
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What to call bike brake levers with two gripping points?

I have a Schwinn Letour bike which has brake handles that can be gripped from two different points, but the whole brake handle is a singly body of metal, as can be seen here: I am wondering what this ...
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Why would someone put drop bars on a bike upside down, with the brake levers pointing backwards? [duplicate]

A couple of time recently I've seen a bike being ridden near work with drop bars, but upside down and with the brake levers facing towards the rider. By upside down, I mean as if the stem bolts ...
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Is Mustache bar for daily ride advisable?

I'm using an NJS approved frame for my fixed gear bike. Is it okay for me to use my new Mustache drop bar on my daily ride going to work and back home. a total of 25km per day.
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Fitting a vibration-proof bell for drop bars

I have a bike with drop bars which I need for commuting, but I live in a city which is not only full of idiots† both on foot and on bikes themselves (thus meaning going bellless is idiotic), ...
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Is it OK to ride in the drops almost the whole time?

I just bought my first road bike, 2 months and a thousand km ago, and into several 50 to 130 km rides I found myself riding mostly in the drops, like reeeaally in the tip of the bar. I even removed ...
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Modern long reach calipers on old bike, strong enough for safe braking from the hoods?

Currently I am debating with what to replace the handle bars and brakes on an old bike. One option are drop bars. However, a concern is that braking from the hoods was unsafe in old bikes. However, I ...