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You roadies are weird. You'll sacrifice comfort to be more aero. You'll be faster, longer, if you are healthy and comfortable. I ride this. Look at the headtube. Inches above the top tube. Comfortable enough for a triple century on gravel. Big tires(40-42). Double wrapped handlebar. 

2012 Casseroll

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7 minutes ago, dennis said:

You roadies are weird. You'll sacrifice comfort to be more aero. You'll be faster, longer, if you are healthy and comfortable. I ride this. Look at the headtube. Inches above the top tube. Comfortable enough for a triple century on gravel. Big tires(40-42). Double wrapped handlebar. 

2012 Casseroll

If only we could make a really comfortable seat.   :(

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2 minutes ago, Road Runner said:

I'm going to have to do this.  A more upright position will suit me better, I think.

Unless you get a free massage after each ride, flip it high. Ride with your head in the clouds. After mile 50, you'll be the one with the strong legs and drop everyone else. 

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23 hours ago, Wilbur said:

A buddy of mine gives me free BG fits.  Last year he flipped the stem.  I protested a little but my back is a lot more tolerant of the new position.  He did confiscate my roadie man card though. :(  

I have no choice if I want to raise the bars because I cut the steerer tube 10 years ago. Flipped stems are ugly but back pain is worse. I'd rather get a bike with a taller head tube and a 6 degree stem, but I'll use what I've got before having the new bike discussion with my wife.

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23 hours ago, dennis said:

You roadies are weird. You'll sacrifice comfort to be more aero. You'll be faster, longer, if you are healthy and comfortable. I ride this. Look at the headtube. Inches above the top tube. Comfortable enough for a triple century on gravel. Big tires(40-42). Double wrapped handlebar. 

2012 Casseroll

It depends on the type of riding you do. The aerodynamic factor doesn't matter if speed is irrelevant to the type of riding you do, but if you race or like to ride fast then you want the right tool for the job. I don't see why this should be a point of contention for cyclists. If I want to ride single track I guarantee you I won't be taking my road bike. 

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21 minutes ago, roadiejorge said:

It depends on the type of riding you do. The aerodynamic factor doesn't matter if speed is irrelevant to the type of riding you do, but if you race or like to ride fast then you want the right tool for the job. I don't see why this should be a point of contention for cyclists. If I want to ride single track I guarantee you I won't be taking my road bike. 

;)

Not trying to be contentious, but you say you have back pain. There is a simple solution. I can't imagine purposefully riding in pain just to be more aero. For a short ride, that might work, but over a long distance, I believe you'll be faster if you are not in pain. 

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2 minutes ago, dennis said:

Not trying to be contentious, but you say you have back pain. There is a simple solution. I can't imagine purposefully riding in pain just to be more aero. For a short ride, that might work, but over a long distance, I believe you'll be faster if you are not in pain. 

No, I didn't mean you. I was referring to roadies who often criticize other riders who aren't focused on speed and/or racing. I never appreciated the snobbery in this particular type of riding. On group rides there'd always be someone criticizing someone else's fit or bike choice to which I'd always reply: "just ride your bike and keep the tires rubber side down".

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Gotcha, I get a bit of ribbing on group rides for that. Mostly because my bike has a rack. I tell them it's for carrying my beer. Then they get jealous. I'm half the rider most of these guys are, so I figure I'm there for entertainment purposes.

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