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    Seek Comfort

    There was this old guy I think from Costa Mesa who used to post in a bike forum on AOL in the olden days back in the late 1980's or 1990's. We would visit that bike forum and he would offer his words of wisdom. He would often say "seek comfort". Do any one of you know who I am referring to?

    Well anyways, it seems to me that if a road bike rider wants to position a comfortable and long ride, it would be like a triathlete, aerobars. That way you prop yourself up by leaning on your upper arm and resting on the aerobars. Your wrists take no stress. Your back is extended so lower back pain seems to lessen. Only thing is that there must be some trade-offs. I mean comfort for a long ride, not speed or handling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    There was this old guy I think from Costa Mesa who used to post in a bike forum on AOL in the olden days back in the late 1980's or 1990's. We would visit that bike forum and he would offer his words of wisdom. He would often say "seek comfort". Do any one of you know who I am referring to?

    Well anyways, it seems to me that if a road bike rider wants to position a comfortable and long ride, it would be like a triathlete, aerobars. That way you prop yourself up by leaning on your upper arm and resting on the aerobars. Your wrists take no stress. Your back is extended so lower back pain seems to lessen. Only thing is that there must be some trade-offs. I mean comfort for a long ride, not speed or handling.
    Aero bars move the stress from the wrists and the back into the neck. Your torso is angled lower but you still need to see where you're going, so you have to tilt your head backwards. You can work on your wrists and your back in the gym, but I don't know what you can do with the neck.

    I did some long rides with aero bars, and, after 10 hrs in the saddle, I'm not in any mood to use them - it's strictly hoods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    Only thing is that there must be some trade-offs. I mean comfort for a long ride, not speed or handling.
    Trade-offs? Yeah, taint-pain is one trade off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hamster View Post
    Aero bars move the stress from the wrists and the back into the neck. Your torso is angled lower but you still need to see where you're going, so you have to tilt your head backwards. You can work on your wrists and your back in the gym, but I don't know what you can do with the neck.

    I did some long rides with aero bars, and, after 10 hrs in the saddle, I'm not in any mood to use them - it's strictly hoods.
    I once asked an eyewear guy about a new type of glasses for this. Something that will allow you to see enough yet stay in that aero position. Or has this been tried already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    I once asked an eyewear guy about a new type of glasses for this. Something that will allow you to see enough yet stay in that aero position. Or has this been tried already?
    Amazingly, yes, though you will not like the price:

    View-Speed Cyclops Glasses

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