If it's a trainer/beater, why bother with the cutdown at all? Cutdowns aren't great - they don't have the straight flat section that a proper bullhorn does. Leaving them as drop bars, you get this position from the hoods. If you still feel the need to cut, you might be happier leaving them upright on the bike, and cutting off the bottom of the drops. Just an alternative to think about.psuambassador said:Yeah, I've been eyeing those up on chucksbikes, but this is a third bike that I'm buying just for tri training on rail trails so I want to keep everything budget. The bike is only costing 150 and i bought aero bars for it already, so I don't want to add another 12.50 plus shipping onto that. Otherwise, yeah, that would be a good way to go. Thanks for the advice.
Right, but IMO it's not a great solution. As you've noted there's not a lot of flat area as compared to proper bullhorns. And in my experience, the angles end up not working great for the reach to the brakes, as compared to the real thing. They tend to end up with either too far a reach, or too far back, especially considering the limited flat space for the palms. Leaving them upright can correct for both shortcomings, whether they are cut or not. If using STI's, a flipped cutoff is really funky.Mel Erickson said:The key to cutting down a regular pair of bars and using them as bullhorns is to flip the bar upside down after cutting them. They still aren't as good as regular bullhorns (the flat area tends to be shorter) but you get the upturn at the end of the bars that enables you to use the flats.