Originally Posted by ThermionicScott
Why would you want to do that? The smart thing is to keep one foot on a pedal for stability when coming to a stop, fast or slow.
People talk as if suddenly having both feet on the ground, straddling the top tube is a desirable way to stop.
Never mind, you missed the bit of sarcasm in my response, then again if you still cannot stand on the ground without the top tube jamming up in a less than pleasant manner, the bike is too big. I understand this was thought to be appropriate years ( decades ago ) I'm old enough to recall bikes fitted by the 3 stooges, but if anyone seriously looks at the majority of recreational riders who are serious, Not the ones that hop on a bike once in a blue moon, you will see bikes properly fitted to their riders.
Times have changed, look at photo's of the Pro's, circa Anquetil and prior era and look at post Mercx ( never remember how to spell it ) modern era. Today the bikes of the Pro's are set up for efficiency and energy transfer, contrarily to the old days where it really was a crapshoot.
Unfortunately many people today still fit themselves to a bike that is uncomfortable, fixes you in anything but an optimal position and are therefor dangerous to ride.
Even a bike with straight bars ( not an MTB ) is designed with a relaxed yet performances oriented angled and sized frame. With the help of Cad and biomechanics, bike designers have been able to dial in design to fit a wide ranging body type, be it male or female.