Just hit the Pinterest with keywords "Fixed Gear Handlebar" and you'll get all different awkward things, anything from deer horns to wooden broomsticks, leopard patterned risers to fluffy pink things. But which one is for you? Choosing the right handlebar can be a dilemma but we'll guide you through the basic workings of common designs.

The Good, the Bad and the Awkward

In general terms you should be probably looking at one of the three most common options - Bull Handlebar, Riser Bar or the Drop Handlebar.

Either of them would be considered "Good" but there are some considerable practical differences you might want to take into account.

Bull handlebar is basically a completely flat handlebar with forward extending and slightly raised "horns". The horizontal flat part will be a comfortable place to rest your hands for daily commuting and the brake levers will be usually placed alongside the connecting point with the stem (however some bikes also have special levers on the horns) and the extended horns will give you a good grip on acceleration or while cycling uphill.

Riser bar meanwhile will slightly change your position on the bike bringing your shoulders slightly higher giving you a bit better visibility around you and take some stress of your back by straightening it up.  It is my personal favourite purely for the practical reasons, but then I don't really have any climbs to do on my daily cycle route.

Drop handlebar, similarly to the bull handlebar, has a flat base with the ends hanging down resembling ram horns a little. This handlebar will have an undoubted benefit of speed. Bringing your hands down on the hanging sides makes your head come down quite a bit and improves your aerodynamics considerably. This type of handlebar is the first choice on track and often in road cycling. Surely you won't become a speed champion also without one.

Other types of handlebars are also often seen on the streets but have gained little popularity compared to the three above. Some of them admittedly do look very good but I would leave them to other types of bikes and would keep them off a fixed gear bike unless you really know what you are doing. It might be a bad idea for instance installing a handlebar not meant to take substantial amount of force as often skidding on fixed gear bike might create enough power to break one.

Besides all the practical implications of all handlebars the awkward thing is usually everyone will come to a choice judging the bike purely by it's looks. And you know what? I can't blame you. I would probably do the same. 

Now go and check out these amazing bikes with 3 popular handlebar choices:

 

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