I am no doubt confused by many things – however the new wave of road bikes known under several names really confuses me. I’m referring to the so-called “relaxed geometry” or “plush” road bikes. They are characterized by a sloping top tube, and are said to promote a more upright position, etc., etc.
When I decided to get a bike – my first in many years – I was first put on a “comfort bike”. Right! Took me all of two weeks to know there was no comfort in comfort.
Long story short – I eventually wound up with a Trek carbon road bike. I can ride it for many, many miles with no aches or pains.
Because I ride every day and live in central Florida, I didn’t want to subject the “expensive” bike to all that abuse – so I picked up a Specialized Allez as a backup. Same size bike as the Trek but with sloping bar and all the rest. So where’s the comfort? The bike will serve it’s purpose, however 1 hour on it is like 5 hours on the Trek. What’s up with relaxed geometry?
As for riding position – when is the last time you saw someone sit on backless bleachers in a straight up position hour after hour. They eventually wind up bent forward with elbows resting on legs – the truly comfortable position.