Sunday, December 5, 2010
Drop or straight bars...
Are dropbars really necessary? Reckon that's a redundant question. My decision was made earlier when a pair of flattop levers were ordered from CRC.
With the spate of rising accidents involving cyclists in Singapore, it led me to dwell on the various factors involved. I was shunning from road riding for a while now. What's the underlying factors apart from the superficial "blame" pinning on rude funky colored clad lycra riders plus all their right of way demands. Been thinking of the dangers associated with the traditional road bike geometry and choice of componentry.
Back in the past when roads were emptier, it probably mattered less. Now, having to jostle with an increase of vehicles, people and whatever our beloved government care to stuff onto this little island is making it less and less desirable for cyclists on the road.
Shunned but on occasions I do miss the feeling of road riding. All the close calls my own and witnessing a few others in recent years led me to think... what is the sense of having drop bars when riding under such conditions. Drop bars are meant to pitch a rider's weight forward. The CG is low, hand position on the drops or the hood just aren't natural or conducive to sudden evasive action...everything is decidedly geared for one thing. Speed.
Short straight bars don't cut it either... maybe its my bias but Im definitely not into the fixie culture. All those weaving between vehicles with tiny bars and school girlish cheering when pals made a 2 cm side kerb hop just isnt my idea of riding.
So? Leftover from my singlespeed mtb days that saw duty on the ss commuter...looks like the Nitto Torsion 666 will be dusted soon... never thought it would see action on a "roadie" one day. Err..sort of roadie.
Posted by anvil_den at 4:01 PM