|Back to drop bars you go!|
I put the drop bars that came with my single speed back on in support of continued fixed-gear operations. I was going to shop around and go find some new ones, but then I spent a couple hours playing with different positions on the ones I already had, since I figured I already had enough crap, and found a setup I liked. The main thing I didn't like about them before was the low position of the hoods, so I mounted them higher and back this time, and then went for a test ride at sunset. My quads are crying right now so I guess the test ride was successful. And if anyone asks, I wrapped the bars asymmetrically on purpose, to make room on the top bar for my new headlight. I found that riding the hoods in this position was quite comfortable and natural for me. That's a more aero position than I could comfortably get with the flat bars, of course, and there's always the drops if I want more I guess. It may appear to some that those levers are too high with respect to the bottom of the bars, to which I reply: while elite racers may all fall within a certain narrow physical size and shape range, the rest of us come in different shapes, sizes, and levels of flexibility, and I feel pretty confident in saying that I may need different stuff, set up differently for my meditative spins than they do for their races. For one thing, I like my stuff to last longer than one race. But I do appreciate all the cool stuff they try out that eventually trickles down.
|Some flatter topped bars like Nitto Noodles will eventually be procured|
I'm looking at these as my transition bars. I rode the flat bars long enough on this bike to get a feel for what I liked and didn't like about them, and will do the same with these. The drop bars do offer several additional hand positions, and I mentioned I found riding on the hoods very comfortable when they are set up like this. It's a similar configuration to the brifters on my road bike, although those bars are quite different in being a more compact and ergo type. I was spinning to beat the sunset tonight, and while I didn't quite make it, I did pretty well. Oh, and I did leave the rear brake on the bike through this reconfiguration, because the freewheel is still flipped on the non-drive side and could be employed in case of need or desire some day. But man this fixed-gear bicycle is so quiet, I love it. Next up are some slightly quieter tires I think. I bought these slightly knobby tires for canal gravel path running, but I'm getting confident enough that I could go with some durable 28mm tires I think, and run in near silence. After the noise of the week, the hubub of the day, that silence is so very welcome. Get up. Go ride.