There is little attention being paid to symptomatic repurposing of racing handlebars. I found this prime work outside of Lees at the terminus to the Cedar Lake Trail. Biking should be comfortable and it apparently was not for this person and the standard racing handlebar set-up. No shit. I want to loosen my belt every time I climb aboard a racer. Well there are plenty of folks who may laugh at the above “fix” go ahead and laugh, it really is laughable, but someone was trying to hit the mark. The very least is that the bike industry will laugh with you and at you as long as you fall for their idea of comfort which is always a gimmick. In Minneapolis you see 10 speed bikes with original equipment everywhere in Uptown. The hipsters that are riding these bikes don’t know why they hurt so much because they have been told that biking is inherently painful. My ass. These bikes hurt 35 years ago because drop bars and skinny seats were never meant for short stop and go situations. What is a person to do? Well if you have seen some of the Rollo pictures and looked closely at the masthead picture you will observe the repurposed racing bars that I am modifying. My symptoms were no different than many of you, the Lees guy included. But over an entire lifetime of riding I can say now, that I have never felt closer to my biking than now with this Rev 2 modification. Bicycling is not why we ride, but how we roll.
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