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Old 04-25-12, 02:34 PM   #76
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Quadrupeds they complain ever since standing up on their hind legs...
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Old 04-25-12, 02:43 PM   #77
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Most bikers I see are hunched over on those low-slung handlebars. Most of them say it's to reduce wind resistence. True, but I can't see riding bent over like that.

First, your back is bound to give you grief after awhile. Not exactly good posture.

Second, you have to lift your head up to see, which after awhile will probably result in a pain in the neck.

I like to right upright. Sure there's some wind resistence, but at least I'm riding in a natural style and not like some cro-magnum looking for loose change on the ground.

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Hi, Captain Troll. Glad to contribute to the madness.

You are 100% perfectly entitled to ride your bike however you please, upright, leaned forward, or belly on the saddle if that's what works for you. If someone else rides differently, they are 100% entitled to ride that way, too. What you find as "the way to ride" is:

JUST.
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YOU.

If you "can't see riding bent over like that", then DON'T.

You "like to ride upright"; good for you. Good. For. YOU. I ride leaning forward on my MTB, handlebar about level with my saddle, and yeah -- wind resistance is an issue. If I'm riding into a strong wind, I'll lean further forward, and see a benefit. When no longer necessary, I extend my arms again. So you ride however you like, and don't say SH** when the rest of us blow by you like you're an 8-year-old. If that doesn't matter to you either, then why are you here with your crap? OH YEAH -- Captain Troll, how quickly I forget. I guess all the perineal pressure over the years has given me short-term memory loss, too.
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Old 04-25-12, 03:10 PM   #78
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Stevebiker, your description of riding "hunched over" is precisely why I went 'bent. OTOH, riding upright puts all your upper body weight on the seat which also leads to issues. For some of us, it doesn't work well either way. bk
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Old 04-25-12, 04:27 PM   #79
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I have two bikes. My main commuter has quite an upright riding position, but with a sprung saddle you don't really feel the bumps. My other bike has drop handlebars set at a reasonable height- the tops are just above the saddle. I use them for their original purpose of providing alternative riding postures rather than to gain 0.5mph of extra speed.

If you're into racing, a head-first posture makes sense. Otherwise, a more upright position is far more sensible. If you really want to be more aerodynamic, get a lowracer recumbent.
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Old 04-25-12, 04:46 PM   #80
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If you're into racing, a head-first posture makes sense. Otherwise, a more upright position is far more sensible.
even if you're not racing, a more aggressive posture is far more sensible if you have to battle absolutely atrocious and savage headwinds screaming off of a large body of water on a routine basis along a commute route.




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If you really want to be more aerodynamic, get a lowracer recumbent.
the part of my daily commute that isn't along chicago's windy-a$$ lakefront is through the crowded urban streets of the big city. i want to be on a regular diamond frame in those conditions both to see and be seen. a lowracer recumbent would be super-aero, but it's too low in city traffic for my tastes.
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. I use them for their original purpose of providing alternative riding postures rather than to gain 0.5mph of extra speed.
I call malarkey on your made up, nonsense fact.
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I have two bikes. My main commuter has quite an upright riding position, but with a sprung saddle you don't really feel the bumps. My other bike has drop handlebars set at a reasonable height- the tops are just above the saddle. I use them for their original purpose of providing alternative riding postures rather than to gain 0.5mph of extra speed.

If you're into racing, a head-first posture makes sense. Otherwise, a more upright position is far more sensible. If you really want to be more aerodynamic, get a lowracer recumbent.
Maybe for you, but many feel differently.
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