Agree that having multiple hand positions -- including an upright one -- is
the key to comfort across a range of riding conditions. That said -- higher
handlebars ARE more comfortable ... IF ones power output isn't very great,
or must be moderated to suit conditions like riding in stop and go city
On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 1:15:24 PM UTC-5, George Schick wrote:
> Amen. These are some the main reasons why I always have had drop bars on
> my road bikes. The body position while pedaling seems to let you put you
> back into the pedal stroke as well as the legs. Plus, as you say, there is
> the versatility of having multiple hand positions on the bars.
> On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12:02:42 PM UTC-6, Patrick Moore wrote:
>> The effect of the hip-to-torso angle on power or ability to produce
>> torque is one very big reason I prefer drop bars, with their variety of
>> hand positions which in turn allow a variety of torso angles. It's also why
>> I like my Flites (original model) with their long body that gives a
>> comfortable platform (for my ass, anyway), from waaay back while grinding
>> up a hill to "on the rivet" for trying to keep up with a tailwind.
>> I really noticed the effect of bending over on power when I started
>> riding fixed pretty exclusively; turn into a headwind or come to a long
>> rise, and you can't (obviously) gear down; you have to increase power. And
>> "falling" into the hooks naturally gives you that little bit of additional
>> power, as does shoving back in the saddle and bending your elbows if you
>> are riding on the ramps. I daresay that the Albastache allows you to do the
>> My own personal favorite bar for this sort of variety is the Maes
>> Parallel -- shallowish drop but long ramps.
>> "Tuck until you stand." That fits my experience.
>> On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 10:04 AM, Deacon Patrick <lamon...@mac.com>
>>> Jan’s exploration of cycling myth #5, higher handlebars are more
>>> comfortable, sure matches my experience single speeding (free or fixed),
>>> where changing positions relates to only one thing because there is only
>>> one gear: power output. On steep climbs, I tuck until I stand. Otherwise,
>>> upright is fine.
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