TejanoTrackie - thanks, and I'm sure you're correct. I'm a hobbyist, not a racer, and I'm sure that my technique is poor. Nonetheless I'd like to change my handlebar setup - I ride in the city, so I'm often out of the saddle. When I need to accelerate quickly from a standstill, or slow down by standing on the pedals, or to get a better view of traffic, I'm up forward out of the saddle with my arms straight - and with the condition of the roads in my neighborhood, I'm often rattling around, bumping my forearms. Because of the environment I ride in, I can't really avoid it.
I used to live in the country, where traffic was less of an issue, and so I wasn't out of the saddle for quick bursts of speed quite so often. I had no problem then, and I was able to concentrate on maintaining proper technique. Nowadays I'm mostly commuting/joyriding in the inner city, under heavy traffic, with intersections every 300ft, so maintaining good technique is not only impossible, but also largely beside the point. I'm also aware that in the city it would be more practical to ride more upright, on the flats, or with bullhorns or riser bars, but I really enjoy being down low in the drops and I ride a bicycle as much for pleasure as for any other reason.
Last edited by jcoulighan; 04-09-10 at 11:48 AM.