Hey all, so long story short I need recommendations for bulletproof bullhorns and a new stem to clamp it. I’ve managed to snap 2 in my 5 years of fixed gear riding and I’m really tired of getting fucked up because of my shit breaking.
I switched from a POS $300 ride to a surly steamroller and kept it fairly original till I felt the need for variable riding positions. I prefer bullhorns over all else because I love the time trial position, forward in my saddle, head low and arms extended to the horn tips. It’s a compromise because I also like having the option to ride out of the seat and hammer up hills. I can’t get that with drops sans hoods and when I mean “hammer” I mean hammer. I busted the original bottom bracket tackling the road up around manly just past the spit bridge and 2 days ago, I cranked a bit too much and the right side of my bull horns gave way and I rolled hip first onto the ground at 25km/h. It’s not been fun for me.
I’ve tried my best to watch the tightening torque on the stem clamp, but judging from the break, it looks to have been wear and tear that finally did it in. Without sounding conceded, I’m not a twig. I came from a background of powerlifting but fell in love riding fixed in urban environments for the acceleration and control. I only do short 30 minute rides to work and back during the week, so I like to maximise my gains and give it 120% every ride. I managed to crunch all the bearings in the bottom bracket for my first ride as well as break the handle bar, warp the crankset and disintegrate the free-wheel (that’s how I got into fixed gear…) all in 6 months.
The surly has been rock solid and I can’t fault it much but I’ve been compromising on aftermarket parts quality and I’ve suffered as a result. I need parts that can handle large amounts of power and daily abuse. Wiggle have some carbon fibre options and I don’t really care about cost. I just don’t want to go through another accident because I punched myself in the face with a broken piece of metal…
This was the first break (it was a terrible bike anyway)