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    Default Michael Barry says it all in one paragraph.

    http://velonews.com/article/84311/mi...-of-the-season

    i'm sick of seeing how so many folks set up their bikes. its an american thing to have the bars too high and the body rotated towards the back. its biking. it sure as hell ain't cycling. if that's you there with the flipped stem.. knock it off, you're bumming me out. it just aint right. its not your damn back or your beer gut... its your laziness.
    here's the barry bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swoop View Post
    http://velonews.com/article/84311/mi...-of-the-season

    i'm sick of seeing how so many folks set up their bikes. its an american thing to have the bars too high and the body rotated towards the back. its biking. it sure as hell ain't cycling. if that's you there with the flipped stem.. knock it off, you're bumming me out. it just aint right. its not your damn back or your beer gut... its your laziness.
    here's the barry bit.
    Gets it.
     

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    I'm sort of surprised he actually said that out loud.

    As a retailer, it's sort of the 'if you're happy, i'm happy' deal.
    But for sure, I'm personally much more impressed by a rider sitting nicely
    on a 10 year old bike than a new fancy bike novice with aero wheels,
    going 15 mph. But it's not a crime to buy bike gear, and hey, it could
    be worse...


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    coming from Europe and hitting the W & OD trail in VA to see the 'Fall', I was more impressed by how many older people were riding there bikes. I had this preconception that everyone only left their houses in SUV's to go get something to eat.

    I concur that of those riding... a lot had the inverse of 'arse high, head down' though.....

    Mountain bikes with bar ends set vertically ....WTF???
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Gets it.
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    Being well over 50 and a little fat is no excuse. Swoop please shoot me if you ever see me with my bars coming up at all let alone near level with my saddle.
     

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    Default My name says it all...

    I am old, fat and slow. People enjoying bikes is the basic building block of the whole industry. I say control your own happiness.

    If bars low with a long stem and a high seat makes you happy so be it.

    If bars stacked on inches of spacers and a short stem makes you happy so be it.

    Most shops will get people to where they are comfortable and the recent trend in bikes which lenghten the head tube and allow for a more upright position seems to indicate that there is a market for said steeds

    The simple goal is that I want people to enjoy and ride bikes.

    If they do that when they drive their cars they are more likely to see me when I'm riding and not run me off the road or throw a half-empty Busch tall boy at me.

    Not to be Rodney King but can't we all just get along?
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    Yeah, look at this old dude, bar & stem level, a bike rider,
    no way he is a cyclist. ahem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfatslow View Post
    I am old, fat and slow. People enjoying bikes is the basic building block of the whole industry. I say control your own happiness.

    If bars low with a long stem and a high seat makes you happy so be it.

    If bars stacked on inches of spacers and a short stem makes you happy so be it.

    Most shops will get people to where they are comfortable and the recent trend in bikes which lenghten the head tube and allow for a more upright position seems to indicate that there is a market for said steeds

    The simple goal is that I want people to enjoy and ride bikes.

    If they are do that when they drive their cars they are more likely to see me when I'm riding and not run me off the road or throw a half-empty Busch tall boy at me.

    Not to be the Rodney King but can't we all just get along?
    ...we are all getting along, we're just talking about people on bikes.
    everyone has the thoughts along the lines of "wouldn't it be nice if....."
    and I know that's where swoop is coming from.

    Some folks benefit from a little push. Others are anti-instructional,
    and backlash against some intended guidance. It's nice to see people
    grow their skills. It's not about long stems and slammed handlebars,
    it's about how you sit on your bike... it's great to have a goal of getting
    a little better. It's inspiring to see progress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by corko View Post
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    Mountain bikes with bar ends set vertically ....WTF???
    Oh, that is hilarious-but I've never seen in on a trial-just sidewalks and driveways and greenways and department stores.

    It's what I call "joystick" position. Reminds me of curb feelers or insect antennae. Never ever seen a person with their hands _on_ ends in that position--it must be painful...






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    Quote Originally Posted by WadePatton View Post
    Oh, that is hilarious-but I've never seen in on a trial-just sidewalks and driveways and greenways and department stores.

    It's what I call "joystick" position. Reminds me of curb feelers or insect antennae. Never ever seen a person with their hands _on_ ends in that position--it must be painful...
    I occasionally see a homeless guy on the local bike trail with not one, but 4-5+ bar ends stacked on top of each other/pointing straight up. Makes them almost ape hanger like.
    I know you'd all love a picture, but there's no way...
     

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    ride beautifully.
    no matter what body, age, or rig.
    shrink, terrorist, poet, president of concerned cyclists for the abolishment of bovine source bicycle parts and head of the disaffected commie dishwashers union.

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    the bikes w/ vertical bar ends are known in the industry as
    dwi specials.

    they are out there...
     

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    Default Thanks Swoop

    Today, I got one of those rare days to go out and just ride. Not commuting to work. Not towing the kids to swimming. Just me and the 'nilla fixed. Put on my favorite wool jersey and did 45 miles, concentrating all the way on looking beautiful. It works. I focussed on staying in my beautiful position and came to a huge realization. You put out more when you're beautiful (I'll let someone else run that ball). Seriously, a few times I found myself sitting up out of that beautiful drops tuck... I could feel the power seep from my legs.

    Thanks Swoop.

    Jon
     

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    I was browsing through the TT bikes on ebay and saw these 2 fine examples of fit:

    Nice seat tilt:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cervelo-P3-Carbo...QQcmdZViewItem

    Slightly raised aero bars:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cervelo-P3-55cm-...QQcmdZViewItem
     

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