Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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I don't know if this counts as a position change, but I've been riding since I got out of the Army in 1968, went back to college and found out that bikes got cool while I was gone. Main thing I've noticed is that a lot of people are on bikes that would have been considered too small then. Of course there's the old "smaller is lighter and stiffer" argument, which probably has some validity. Still, it looks weird to me to see a foot of seatpost sticking out of the tube. I followed the fad until about five years ago, when I bought an Atlantis and followed Rivendell's size guide. It put me on a bike 3-4cm bigger than I'd been riding, but it's much more comfortable.
Other changes here and there: Lots of people went to bars much lower than the saddle about the time Lemond was winning Tours. Now, maybe because a lot of us are getting older, I'm seeing bars moving up. Mine are level with the saddle, with no loss in speed (might not apply if you're fast enough to generate drag, though...). KOPS used to be a hard rule, but now I think it's often considered a starting point. My knees are about 2cm behind the spindle.
I ride with a lot of guys in their 50s and 60s, some of them still pretty strong. As we age, many of them are relaxing some of the old racer-fit rules, making small adjustments in position to accommodate their changing abilities. I laughed at one friend who put old-style three-speed bars (Rivendell's Priest bars) on his custom touring bike. Then he rode from Reno, Nev., to Lee Vining, the eastern entrance to Yosemite, about 140 miles, in 10 hours. At age 61.