I read a magazine article recently about the members of a cycling club who had all gone down the ‘classic route of make-do bike to hybrid, to drop handlebar road bike’. Funny how every picture showed them all riding on the tops, or hoods. In fact, in the whole magazine one could count on the fingers of one hand the number of riders actually on the drops – the numbers riding either on the tops, or hoods, must have been in the hundreds.
Most people do not find them comfortable, or they’d ride more on the drops – that much is self-evident. Perhaps they use them for the variety of positions they offer – a trekking bar is better for different hand positions though.
I am sure they use them because the bike came with them, and to change to anything else would lose huge amounts of credibility amongst their cycling brethren.
I reckon there is a direct parallel with the purchase of ‘sports’ motorcycles in the UK – they are painfully uncomfortable at low speeds, look ridiculous with any luggage equipment, have tiny petrol tanks, no accommodation for a pillion, etc., but still people buy them.
We are now seeing more serious bikes in shops with flat bars, and perhaps there will be a revival of people who do not mind ploughing their own furrow.
Rise up, and throw away those drop bars, and find salvation in flat bars. Sandals are not compulsory, by the way.