Sometimes, you just have to pull a rabbit out of the hat and write a post. Sometimes. But not all the time. I had planned to write something about 29"ers and then just today saw a post that pretty much summed up what I was going to write. Also today, my copy of "Bicycle Retailer and Industry News" showed up with a lead story on the same subject. I'll regroup and come up with something different but the same.
Instead, today, I'll pull a rabbit out of the hat. Basically, create something out of nothing. Heck Seinfeld did it for years and I'm not proud...or tired. I'm not usually one for posting something that isn't something I would want to read. Maybe this falls into that category, but it is interesting and it is helpful to the right person.
Here in Marin there are a lot of folks who have been riding their mountain bikes for many years. When they started riding, they may have been young. Now they're old. That position on the bike that felt good 20 years ago sometimes doesn't feel so good today. I feel lucky I'm still comfortable in my same position. But many people don't ride continuously for that many years so they bring their bikes to me and ask about a more comfortable (upright) position.
My number one, go-to, position refiner for these older mountain bikes is a new handlebar. The new bar is a riser bar with 40 degree of back sweep. It's not strong enough for serious off-road riding, but works just fine for light trail use and cruising to town. The shape puts the rider both up and back. Perfect. And every rider has dug the new position.
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