The handlebars are only one of three contact points between the rider and the bike. Central to how your bike handles, the handlebars of your bike are affected by design and geometry. There are different factors to consider when upgrading your handlebars, including shape, material and drop. First you must choose the correct discipline, and bike handlebars should also be the correct width to help you reach optimum performance. Affecting your riding position, it depends whether you would prefer to adopt a more upright position, or you need to be as aerodynamic as possible.