Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
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Well, its been about 50 miles of practice and I haven't crashed or been hit by anyone else yet. What can I say...........wow.
The learning curve is steep, it feels like getting on a roadbike for the first time with that twitchy front end wobbling all over the place.
First impression. Don't worry so much about short bars, these may need to get longer. There are major saddle position changes involved as the saddle has gone aft, up and tilted forward to accomodat the more lay'd down position. Shifting is easy using either hand with one still near a brake lever or both hands on the aerobars. (I ride with my hands sort of wrapped around the shifters. The reversed brake position is almost unnoticable (front/right rear/left) as brake balance was good on this bike before. (Thankyou SRAM Rival)
The real surprise is that I am more comfortable going downhill even though my head feels much lower. The biggest problem has been the application of power withoug wobbling. Smooth level straights are ok but gradjal uphills get me wobbling again with the pedal strokes. (This setup will teach you a great deal about riding straight and keeping your line)
I don't think that this setup will be comfortable to me for another 2-300 miles. You wouldn't want to ride next to me and I cannot see getting into traffic situations with only about 6" to play with outside the white line. (one left bob and your a hood ornament)
The practice seems to be more about muscle memory, balance and confidence than anything else. (sound familiar dlipless pedal learners) I think that 61 years and some degridation of the inner ear makes this just a little bit harder than for kids.
..this is an E ticket ride. I may go looking for senior time trials next year.