all other considerations aside, the Hylex is a well thought of system and should have a decent resale value complete. This adds to your budget for replacements.
while a shimano lever-only might work, you will get the best performance from system-matched parts.
plus it's usually possible to install new pre-bled brakes without having to bleed them even when ...
I have an MTB w/60cm flat bars, Ortlieb handlebar bag, and a mudguard that clips to the bottom of suspension fork’s the steerer tube. I kept unsuccessfully trying to mount the headlight high or low along the centerline of the bike, but finally figured out that if I used multiple shims between the light clamp and narrow outboard part of the handlebar, I ...
"On the hoods" positions has slightly reduced braking from "on the drops" position for two reasons.
Firstly, you cannot grip the brake levers as low as you can from "on the drops" position. Thus, your leverage suffers and the braking force is reduced.
However, this is not the only problem. Even if you could grip the levers as ...
Most of the answers are correct, but I want to dispute some relatively minor points made some answers and comments.
Riding on the Hoods
Writers here are correct that most people are on the hoods much of the time, perhaps even most of the time.
@Mac and @juhist are technically correct that the hoods don't offer as much leverage on the brake levers as the ...
There are four positions on drop handlebars worth mentioning. Most of the time,
I'm varying between "on the hoods" position and "on the corners" position, with
using "on the drops" position whenever needed. The fourth position, "on the
tops" I use seldom, if ever.
1. On the drops
You use this position for four reasons. ...
For completeness we should mention the Time Trial position - forearms on the flat part of the handlebars (tops). It is rather useless on a dropbar but can convert a mountain bike into an aerodynamic road machine.
This position is very dangerous as it worsens bike handling. Use it only on open stretches of road with almost no traffic.