I have noticed there are a lot of bikes, especially in department stores that have u shaped handlebars that face the rear of bike and the grips are parallel to the frame. This looks to me like an extremely uncomfortable position to have your wrists in. It would also seem that these bikes would be difficult to control at higher speeds. I sat on one at a store and I noticed my entire torso twisting to turn the handlebars any more than slightly. Do a lot of people like this, or is it just a fad that will fade away?
I generally ride in a fairly upright position, but I rest my palms on the grips so that my torso is going 45 degrees forward and with my hands slightly forward of my shoulders with my palm on the grips and I find that to be very comfortable and easy on my back (which I have serious back problems). So the whole "beach bike" crazy handlebars just look so uncomfortable and foreign to me.
Does anyone here prefer them?