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Old 07-15-11, 12:11 PM
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Since the beginning of time--or, at least, the Spanish--some people have known how, and some people haven't.

The funny thing is I thought about getting a motorcycle for a while (and am now, again), and I always figured I'd have to get a Kawasaki or other sports bike because... well, the upright position looked ridiculous, uncomfortable, and impossible to handle. Funny, there's a reason it's called a "sports bike" and not a "cruiser" ...

The bike I bought I figured would be more of an upright than a road bike, but I wanted something that was semi-suppline exactly because of my thoughts on motorcycles. I'm more inclined to that position at high speeds ... but unknown to me at the time, you can get more upright on road bikes, and I prefer that position for lower speed cruising. I thought you'd always have to be down and forward full, so I shied away from drop bars. Ah well, next bike is a Trek Portland.

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Old 07-15-11, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by bluefoxicy View Post
The bike I bought I figured would be more of an upright than a road bike, but I wanted something that was semi-suppline exactly because of my thoughts on motorcycles. I'm more inclined to that position at high speeds ... but unknown to me at the time, you can get more upright on road bikes, and I prefer that position for lower speed cruising. I thought you'd always have to be down and forward full, so I shied away from drop bars. Ah well, next bike is a Trek Portland.
FYI, you can get down and forward on comfort bikes and flat handle bar road bikes.
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Old 07-15-11, 01:53 PM
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I see a lot of riders who's hands appear to be welded into "the drops". They must think that's where they belong... As a result, you see a lot of uncomfortable-looking people on roadsters. I generally recommend that people watch just a few minutes of pro road racing. Cruising along in the peloton, most all the riders will have their hands on "the hoods", which are specifically designed for this purpose.
The "drops" are for cheating the wind or sprinting, and the top of the bar for severe hill-climbing.
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Old 07-15-11, 02:29 PM
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Yeah I didn't want a fully supline position because I didn't want to be there all the time; but I didn't realize drop bars are exactly for that: you get on top to stay more upright (which is the position I wanted anyway), and the supline position is at option (and better for high-speeds).

Upright all the time sucks so bad. It's harsh on my lower back; I'm going to move my seat back a bit to change the normal position. It was too far back before, now methinks it's too far forward because I want to slide back more. I sit on the right spot on the seat, but I'm seated too hard on it and I find handling in that position ridiculously bad.
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Old 07-15-11, 03:13 PM
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Recumbent is another , most comfy, riding posture..
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