Getting on it right away

This is the time of year when you either are getting on your bike occasionally or not at all. So for most folks the idea to clean and inspect the bike is the furthest from their mind.  But hey take a weekend and do your bike a big favor and check er out.

Some of the best deals are at your local bike shop right now. Feeling like you want to ride but needing a fix for your habit. Check er out.

I did some window shopping in St Paul a couple weeks ago. There was a shop that displayed full retail pricing on all their brands. I knew I could get 40% off a particular brand in Minneapolis so I went there. Buyer be informed!

Get your head around biking once and for all this year. There is plenty of information about riding posture in this blog and here is more coming at you. Riding posture and fit has caused many comfort issues and is so mis-understood that a lot of hand grip gimmicks are marketed on  so called “fast” commuters. But don’t be fooled. The static hand position with flat or riser handlebars is now in dealer showrooms sporting a whopping two positions rather than boring you with one.

The myth behind this ergo design is with resting the butt of your hand which purports preventing hand numbness. The reality is the static hand position focuses nerve stress on your wrist and shoulders. The perception of the ergo hand grip is that this stress is relieved. Not so. With the ergo handgrip the open palm of small hands actually have less control of the steering because the small hand cannot grasp the handlebar. Any good set of hand grips give you more control than the ergo hand grip. In the photo example the bar end is revisited again but now as standard equipment on new bikes. This second hand position stresses your shoulder from widening the span of your arms.  As your grip has increased with width the forward posture increases your reach placing further stress on your wrist and shoulders. Gripping these ergo contrivances have two problems built right in. Lovely. The combination of some sort of bar end , check er out and the open handgrip will keep customers coming back again and again looking to fix their handlebar fit.

The confusion of possibilities that bar ends accessories present has been known by bicycle brands since these were developed. Mountain bikers gave up on these long ago when the bar end would snag on tree limbs or worse gore them in a fall. I asked a few bike shop employees what they thought of the bar end. Wouldn’t use them. So why do bike companies persist by installing them? Could it be because they have to have something new every year and rehashing old product for a business cycle once in a while will fool new customers? Buyers inform yourselves, take a long look at what you already ride. Does it first serve a purpose? A clean and functioning bike is light years ahead if fitted properly than a bike that can serves but one purpose and is gimmicky. So when thinking about your own comfort there are three contact points which are critical. The handlebars, the seat and your pedal position. Try as best as you can to get these three contact points right. It can be easier with a Rev 2 conversion. Check er out.


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