Deep or shallow drop for racing

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  1. koger

    koger New Member

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    Hello

    I'm pretty tall (195 cm = 6.4), should I get a handlebar with deep or shallow drop for racing?
    Logic seems to tell me that air resistance would be less with a deep drop, right?
    But then again, I might be able to stay in the drops for longer time then, and during the whole race, I might be better with a shallow drop?

    What's your thoughts?
     
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  2. Powerful Pete

    Powerful Pete New Member

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    Get what feels the most comfortable. That will make it easier to ride, and you will do better. If you road racing do not worry about the difference a shallow or deep drop will make in aerodynamic terms. Drafting someone will make a heck of a lot more difference anyway...
     
  3. BikingBrian

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    That's my take also, which is why I use a shallow drop bar. But....I'm not 195 cm tall :eek: Why don't you take out a spacer or two from under your stem first and see how it feels? That way you can approximate what it will feel like with the 2 different bars without actually buying them first.
     
  4. Eden

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    I had bars with a very shallow drop for a while (I'm small so it seemed like a good thing to do...) I found that in a sprint I was bashing my forearms against the ends of the bars! Ouch...
     
  5. BikingBrian

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    Yep, they're not for everyone. I like 'em cause they're nice and narrow as well (38 cm), and classically-shaped drops. So I like to think I'm using less energy than my competitors, and making a smaller hole in the wind. Could just be the placebo effect, but hey, whatever works :D
     
  6. Powerful Pete

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    That's a small size Brian. How tall are you and how wide are you at the shoulders?
     
  7. BikingBrian

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    I'm about 176 cm (and shrinking :eek: ), and about 39 cm or so shoulders, measured outside to outside. With the 40 cm bars, my arms seem to flare out a bit, but not so with the 38s. I race mostly crits, circuit races, and track (same width bars for the track)
     
  8. Powerful Pete

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    Aha. Sorry about the shrinking bit. Well, if your arms flare out a wee bit then the bar size is fine... tall and thin one, aren't you?

    I am 175cm and use 44cm bars, which, as you say, help my arms flare a bit... of course, I also enjoy my carbo loading (we call it pasta here ;)) so that does not really help... :eek:
     
  9. BikingBrian

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    Yeah, I'm pretty lean, usually between 63-65 kgs.
    I LOVE pasta though, eat it almost everyday (when I'm not eating rice here):D
    Actually, although I live in Japan, I'm Italian-American; my great-grandparents emigrated to America from Sicily! :)
     
  10. sogood

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    Then they should be called "noodles"... So there you go, carbo loading, pasta and noodles are all the same! :D
     
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