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    Bike with curly wurly bars

    My new one that is - apparently it's on it's way, and I should be wobbling home on it on Thursday. How long does it take to get used to drop bars??

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    I find I use the drops very little.

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    Same here - I'm on the hoods 90% of the time I reckon.

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    I'm trying to convince myself that increased front end grip is a good payoff for shitting myself whilst going downhill in the drops.

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    I don't anticipate any need to be on the drops, but on a test ride last weekend, i did feel very wobbly - I presume cos they're narrower than my normal flat bars?
    And will I cope with them off-road?

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    With enough skill and bravery you should be ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alx View Post
    With enough skill and bravery you should be ok
    Yup, that'll be me that will

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    What everyone else said you're only only the drops when you're going downhill, riding into a headwind (less surface area) or giving it the serious all out beans.

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    I've found them wobbly on the hoods too, but I guess that's cos they are narrower than flat bars. Oh, well, I'll just have to learn to ride with 'em. Roll on Thursday

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    Road bars should be approx the same width as your shoulders. May help.

    I'm still getting used to riding a road bike after 4 months. I probably need to ride more frequently.

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    The bars are 44cm, so not too narrow. Just experimented with shutting my eyes and putting hands at what felt a comfortable width - that measured 52cm! I'm used to flat bars at 58cm wide, so it's a big change.

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    Just imagine what Tri-bars are like to ride...I've got mine with my elbows about 18cm apart and my hands touch about 10cm apart out front :-)

    But seriously 44cm shouldn't cause a problem in control or steering, apart from feeling a little funny perhaps just ride it and you'll be fine.

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    So, rode the new bike home today, not too wobbly and managed to steer through a lot of the barriers on the cycle path. I just need to get the right stem on it now, a bit shorter and a bit higher is needed. Oh, and my hands hurt
    I think I like my new bike though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen J View Post
    So, rode the new bike home today, not too wobbly and managed to steer through a lot of the barriers on the cycle path. I just need to get the right stem on it now, a bit shorter and a bit higher is needed. Oh, and my hands hurt
    I think I like my new bike though


    Just a point that shortening the stem will theoretically make it more wobbly.

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    Yes, I thought about that, BHB, so for now I've turned the existing stem over so it's angled up a bit, will see how that is tomorrow.
    Pics tomorrow, it was dark by the time I got home tonight!

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    If you'd have told me, five years ago, that I'd be the owner of two road bikes, never mind that they're both Crackenfails, I'd have thrown you out of a window.
    Love road riding, now, me.

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    Have been looking at road bikes and Cx Bikes recently - Cannondale SuperSix (ultegra) or Vitus vitesse are likely choices at the mo'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen J View Post
    Yes, I thought about that, BHB, so for now I've turned the existing stem over so it's angled up a bit, will see how that is tomorrow.
    Pics tomorrow, it was dark by the time I got home tonight!
    Assuming you've done the whole plumb line over the pedal malarkey and there is the possibility of playing with the saddle position it would perhaps make a little more sense to shift that backwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demonix View Post
    Have been looking at road bikes and Cx Bikes recently - Cannondale SuperSix (ultegra) or Vitus vitesse are likely choices at the mo'
    I tested the SuperSix (105), it's a great bike but I finished up with a CAAD10 which is extremely similar in terms of performance and comfort.

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