Flat Bar Vs Drop Bar Road Bikes | Comfort, Speed & Ease

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As a beginner, it can be difficult to know which is the best bike for you. Should you choose drop or flat handlebars? James and Ollie are on hand to help you find the right bike for you.

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Buying a bike can be confusing when you are unsure of what you need. We put two bikes to the test, a flat bar and a drop bar. After taking a look at the visual differences, we put the bikes to the test. Firstly, we found out which is faster over a 2km section of road and secondly, we tested their agility and stability on two very sophisticated courses.

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1 year ago | [YT] | 219

Stephen Jones

Can't believe you didn't call it the Eggility Test.

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,130

Sabaku no Gaara

I prefer flat bar because:
-I go to school with my bike and carrying a backpack is easier
-I don't care much for aerodinamics
-I feel safer and the hand is always ready to brake

6 months ago | [YT] | 523

Beet Oven

You guys are young and fit, so I'll forgive your neglecting to mention that older cyclists naturally suffer more discomfort on the drop-bars. Backs and necks!

11 months ago | [YT] | 251

barry barnard

I got my first bike in 1959, with drop bars, I am now 70 and still have drop bars, once a roady always a roady :)

5 months ago | [YT] | 234

Man from Nantucket

Imagine going to your local dog park and seeing two grown men in full racing kit trying to ride their road bikes through the grass and over a log for seemingly no reason

Wild

1 month ago | [YT] | 54

Dr4g0nW00d

Flat bar with bullhorns on the side yeah i am a 90's xc rider :-p

1 year ago | [YT] | 457

Robin Seibel

FYI, while your tests look a lot like the flat bar vs. drop bar bike comparos we did in the lab at NASA, there is one big difference: we had lasers. We didn't use them in the bike tests, but nevertheless we had lasers.

1 year ago | [YT] | 172

alteragnostik

I miss Matt...

1 year ago | [YT] | 210

Gordon Moat

I exercise on a slammed road bike, but commute on a flat bar single speed. The main advantage I found with the flat bar is that I can see ahead better, due to sitting more upright.

1 year ago | [YT] | 90

barrie Williams

At 82 I now ride mainly flat bars (kinder on my arthritic neck lol) but I still ride my drop bar bike when I'm feeling good :) So the answer might be, have more than one bike.....

2 months ago | [YT] | 31

Charles Head

The spirit of Matt "clip-in" Stephens lives on!

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 159

Steve Burgoine

What I’m taking from this video is that GMBN presenters are better at bike handling.

1 year ago | [YT] | 128

顾凯文

I wonder who’s clicking that like button at GCN?😏

1 year ago | [YT] | 9

Gran Darf

I think safety would be another big point to address; flat bars seem safer; 1) you're sitting higher so have better vision. 2) hands always ready to brake. 3) I think even the position is safer for falls, abrupt swerves or having to quickly put a foot down; If you're dropped on drop bars, I think you're in a more vulnerable position!

1 year ago | [YT] | 231

Matheus Barbosa

Super fun video! As an xc racer I will add that flat bars have 2 extra positions if you get creative. The easy one is grabbing the bars as narrow as you can (close to the stem) which allows you to tuck a little bit and put your elbows at 90. The more adventurous one is to do the "phantom aero bars" by placing you elbows on the bars. I do these when there are long stretches of road in an xc race (:

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 230

Yuan Lu

8:46 "This is how NASA tests bikes."

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 48

KILLING MACHINE official

i don't care if a bike have drops or flat bars..
i just care when ur in the full speed that u can hear the wind that touching your ear...feels heaven

19 hours ago (edited) | [YT] | 1

baroti

I personally find that easier to maneuver in the city with a drop bar, especially between cars, since its narrower.
We do not have any cycling route :(

1 year ago | [YT] | 42

Lone Wolf

But you forgot bull horns!

1 year ago | [YT] | 99


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