|My daughter's SWOBO bars were intended for my PAKE but they never made it.|
She loves them, so that ship has sailed.
I am foremost and first a bicycle commuter so I should be attempting to maximize comfort. And yet, I do not.
Here's how I pay for it because I use a straight bar, which does not seem to perfectly suit me...
- I have too much weight forward and not enough on the saddle. This is dangerous when you hit potholes and such because if you lose your grip, over you go!
- My hands tingle.
- Sometimes my back get really stiff. Not as much with the Pake I built, but its still there on longer rides.
- Stiff neck.
- Safety among cars and within traffic is marginalized due to my position (i.e. having to look up)
Flat bar benefits...
- I arrive home 60 seconds faster than I would using a more upright position (this is sarcasm).
- I am ready for my one/two races a year without needing to swap out the bars for a more aggressive position.
- Easy to tape.
- I don't look too geeky.
I think my issue is primarily with this last one. How important, really, is it that I impress some other bicycling tribe?
Here is my daughter's SWOBO set-up.
I have now turned my attention to the SOMA Clarence Bar. Having done a bit of research they read like a good fit.
Anyone have any experience with this bar?