Bike Handlebars Explained #ad

Bike Handlebars Explained #ad

Choosing the right handlebars for your bike and your riding style is key to enjoy riding to the fullest. Your handlebars, brake lever type, and bar tape shape the most important things for your bike: your riding positions, your potential speed, and your comfort. Watch to find out which handlebars setups are best for you.

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Intro – 0:00
Wabi Cycles (Sponsor) – 0:27
Drop Bars Explained – 0:38
Riser Bars Explained – 6:17
Bullhorns Explained – 8:19
Important Considerations – 9:44
How to Choose Bar Tape/Grips – 11:10
Cockpit Setups – 13:36
How to Choose the Right Handlebars – 14:01

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50 Comments

  1. toegunn on June 7, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Honestly I just bought bullhorns because I thought they looked cool. I do use use the horns though and hate riding dropped so I guess it also fits me better.



  2. Entheo72 on June 7, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Excellent video, sir. Thank you!



  3. Explore JP on June 7, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Awesome review 👍.



  4. keisreeman on June 7, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I have 2" risers on my SS. Sometimes I wish I had cruiser bars. I don’t ride for speed.



  5. Raghul Sridharan on June 7, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    crazy helpful man. thanks a lot.



  6. Jack Carpenters on June 7, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    drop bars are overrated, if you just lean down you actually are more aerodynamic on the top, cause your arms are horizontal. dropbars are for sprinting and hilly terrain, you are usually better off without them.



  7. Filip Skoták on June 7, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    awesome, thank you



  8. Wake Awaken on June 7, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Best video for bars on yt
    I was ready to change from risers to pursuit bullhorn on my single
    Today i rode a bullhorn that was installed downwards by 20 degrees, 40cm wide, and on the horns the ride was, non uncomfortable, but without control (brakes on flat also, which i like more aesthetically), on flat was better but the is no reason to change from risers and ride on the same position

    I thing that i will go for classic shape drop bars
    The old race look bars has better looks but i thing i will not able to ride on flats (which don’t have actually)



  9. takeflight on June 7, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Or monkey bars!



  10. The Corner on June 7, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    What about ape hangers



  11. Jarrett leake on June 7, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I’m looking for those top mount brake levers for the drop bars but keep finding secondary levers. Can you use those secondary levers as the primary top mount levers?



  12. Shan on June 7, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    I found your channel a few days ago and am eagerly watching the content. I was into fixed gear bikes in 2014 and forgot how fun they are. I even dug up my old frame and am setting it up to ride. You rock!



  13. Daniel Bandalan on June 7, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    What do you call those top mounted break levers?



  14. Wake Awaken on June 7, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I like the drop bars but i realized that in the city you don’t have a lot of control, and with the brakes on hoods, uncomfortable

    I changed to narrow risers and control returned



  15. Money Grip on June 7, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    The answer is bullhorns



  16. daniel reyes on June 7, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I came for the bikes, I stayed because of the guitars. More details about the guitars? 🙂



  17. Wake Awaken on June 7, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Tried drop bars, tried bullhorns, tried 44cm risers, i think that i will move to 56-60cm wide risers, the leverage give me more confidence and it’s fun to ride as i see on my MTB (69cm)



  18. Fight2 Liv on June 7, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    As soon as I can afford a trek madone SLR I’m abandoning fixed gear.



  19. Louis Romero jr on June 7, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I hate dropbars idk maybe they weren’t the right one on the bike I was riding but I couldn’t control the damn bike for shit I fell bout 17 times



  20. Stoney3K on June 7, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Don’t forget the 90-degree-swept riser bars you will find on almost *every* upright "Dutch style" town bicycle, which is very comfortable if you are doing a lot of city riding. They look a lot like track bars flipped upside down.



  21. themadscientest on June 7, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Drops just scream "old school cool" and the position it gets you in just feels fast and fast is fun.



  22. Doc Ouchï on June 7, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    The drop bars are the best for the climbs …



  23. I want My Freedom Back on June 7, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    What about suicide bar ?



  24. TheExecutiveDJ on June 7, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Extremely informative! Thank you..



  25. Willie Duitt on June 7, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    This cat didn’t mention the type of handlebars I have on my bikes….I feel bad now.



  26. Jed Sblz on June 7, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    13:53 straight bars supremacy!!!



  27. Mozez Cen-Valley on June 7, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I was wondering do you know the name for the brake levers that you don’t have to remove your grips for like let’s say a BMX bike is it called a hinge lever or something I can’t seem to find the name we’re geared no need to remove the grips you can just install them because they kind of come apart



  28. Max Krug on June 7, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Where is the video where he talks about his wide drop bars, can’t find it, does anybody know?



  29. Charles Owens on June 7, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Nice guitars



  30. Ben Williams on June 7, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    u forgot the top and hooded brakes that are connected, u can find them on old Schwinn road bikes



  31. Benjamin Brand on June 7, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I just got a used cycle cross bike and it’s my first bike with drop bars. I’m enjoying them but I don’t like the break handles on the hoods because my hands are a little too small to reach them easily. I have enjoyed the new hand positions (I’m used to riser bars) and I like how much more streamlined it makes me when I’m in traffic. Always a trade off. Thanks for sharing man! There was some awesome insight!



  32. Andrew Mattern on June 7, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Bull horns are my jam



  33. FantaFuture92 on June 7, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Going from my road bike drop bars to a fixie with track drop bars is really not my thing. Will change them to road drops for sure.



  34. JC Ro on June 7, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Dude, my bike just showed today, and I’m a novice when it comes to riding, im a street car guy, but due to medical conditions when it comes to fitness I can’t run so hence the bike. This video gave me ideal and key information about handlebars and it helped me understand the importance and differences, so thank you brotha for this 🙏. Much love man peace.



  35. Neptvne on June 7, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve been a fan of drop bars. Bullhorns are my go to when buy a bike.



  36. PDX Hills on June 7, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I’m over here with my 4 inch rise mix of BMX and fixed bars. Love em



  37. MCV on June 7, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Pinoy ka po ba



  38. Endakol on June 7, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    beach bars are the best



  39. Tim Taylor on June 7, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    drop bars also have length angle, drop dimension too



  40. A Nother on June 7, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    It’s also a good idea to consider whether changing your stem is likely to help, as well as or instead of changing your bars. A longer, shorter, steeper or flatter stem can make a huge difference to a bike, both in terms of comfort and the way the bike handles. Also remember that changing to a more upright or reclined position also affects your position on the saddle, so you may need to alter or replace that too.



  41. asamusicdude on June 7, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    I got carbon 3T ergosums from china through DHGate and they’re still going strong. Rode them on my fixed gear for years now they’re on my chervelo S3



  42. Luis Bara on June 7, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    You have the same voice as Barack Obama.



  43. Loud on June 7, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    The term we were taught as kids when riding flatbar touring was "you cant weave if your arse is wider than your elbows" that was how my education started lol



  44. EK X on June 7, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Very thorough and to-the-point. Thank you for the video. I’m looking into getting a bullhorn handlebar, to modify and very straight and ordinary riser bar.



  45. David John on June 7, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    I run risers because I like their looks the most but real talk: bullhorns are really the best in terms of variety of comfortable hand positions. When going for drops, definitely make them compact unless you’re actually riding on a track.



  46. king xvii on June 7, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    All attention goes to that black spot❣️



  47. kronos77 on June 7, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    One of the best bike videos ever made i think. The content is quite comprehesive and informative. Thank you.



  48. cali818 xxx on June 7, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    im now 53..but even when i was younger, i never liked drop bars…ive had a lot of road bikes given by friends or bought from thrift stores..i converted them all to straight bars 😀



  49. Chris Lukes on June 7, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Glad you quickly mentioned the "corners" position at 2:22 after it initially seemed like it might be left out as you gave your listing of the "major positions" on drop bars. It’s a go-to for me, and I’d say it’s distinct enough from the hoods position to be considered a 4th major position rather than a variation — you are grabbing the actual bars (not the brakes) after all. Even brakeless, grabbing a forward section of the "ramps" that lead to the "hooks" of the drops (i.e., approximating the "hoods" position with no hoods), is quite different from being back on the corners, in terms of the contact points and wrist position. Of course you are correct that there are infinite variations between any "defined" positions.



  50. omar godinez on June 7, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Found your channel not that long ago. Love the vast amount of info and detail you give, in the most direct and simple way. That’s the beauty of fixed gear/single speed bikes. And though i appreciate the info, i just want to know, what kind of shorts are you wearing 😁