kayakado said:You can put flat handlebars on any number of bikes, don't just buy a bike because that particular model has flat handlebars (how's that for muddying the waters?)
Right. It can be very expensive to switch from flat to drop bars, or vice versa. I agree with buying a bike with drop bars. Just use the tops if you choose. Flat bars offer you exactly 1 sopt in which to place your hands. This can get very, tiring after even a short time. Drop bars offer about 4 different positions, if you exclude ever using the drops. The variety will not only help your hands, but will also relieve stress on your shoulders, upper arms, neck, and your back.jtolleson said:I can't really agree. Swapping out bars means, at a minimum new bars and shifters. For a buyer who is already penny-pinched, buying a bike with the idea that bars can or should be changed out later is just buying into a future expense that can be avoided by buying the right bike (straight or drop bars, depending on preference) in the first place.