Ok, I am up in the air about going to a drop bar or staying with a straight bar when I upgrade to another bike this spring. I am concerned about riding position and my visibility while riding along medium to high traffic roadways. It just seems to me that the drop bar might get me in trouble with motorists or other bikers. So, this is on my mind and then I visit Boston College during the holidays. As many of you know, a student lost his life in a horrific accident with a semi-tractor trailer rig on Commonwealth Avenue this fall and the White Bike is now locked to the light post as a memorial.
I know that you run a risk of injury just stepping into the shower every morning (just ask a friend of mine who slipped and broke her leg in the shower), but is there a reasonable way to approach the riding position issue? I realize the benefits of having drop bars, but do you find a more upright position ( I hate to use that term sometimes) helps you keep an eye on traffic? A local dealer told me he feels that his drop bar, single speed bike is best for traffic in the cities and commuter towns.
Anyway, I am just throwing this out for feedback. I'll probably feel better in the morning!
Happy New Year,