QUESTION: Are flat bar road bikes good? I would like to start riding on the road for fitness, but I’m not comfortable with those 10-speed style curved handlebars. Can’t I just ride with flat bars? – Doug M
RBR REPLIES: If you want to start riding on the road more for fitness, then don’t let the style of handlebars stop you! There are plenty of hybrid road bikes to choose from that come with flat bars, and some of them are pretty lightweight and fast. In fact, we’ve rounded up our favorite flat bar road bikes here.
The truth is that drop style handlebars do provide a lot of advantages if you want to go on longer rides, or ride with a group of other roadies later. The bent shape of drop bars allows you to have multiple hand positions that will help you stay comfortable by allowing you to change them during a ride. And some of the positions are more aerodynamic, for times when you want to ride faster.
But it’s still perfectly ok to ride a road bike that has flat handlebars. You’ll get the advantages of a bar that gives you a steady grip like a mountain bike, which can help give beginner cyclists more confidence. But there are also plenty of riders who are not beginners who just prefer the typically more upright position of a flat bar road bike. More power to them!