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Whatever feels comfortable(3 posts)

Whatever feels comfortableFrictionless
Sep 5, 2003 12:13 PM
Hello all,

I'd like to enter the road biking world but seemed to be trapped at the initial stage: acquiring wheels.

After going to a number of shops I have heard the similar advice: get fit but ultimately ride what's comfortable.

My question to those experienced cyclists: hasn't the concept of comfortable changed for you during the course of your cycling careers?

I been kayaking for years and recall feeling very comfortable in a wide boat at first. Once I became more skilled, the wide boats lost appeal, being slower and less manevuerable. I would like to avoid purchasing a 'comfortable' bike only to realise that its bothersome in a year.

Should one wear well padded biking shorts during the assessment of a bike's comfort? Should one have the capacity to comfortably straighten out the lower back while riding?

Sep 5, 2003 12:30 PM
For most people, the first time getting on a road bike, the handlebars feel way too low and too far out in front. First time riders describe it as feeling like they're going to flip over the front of the bike. If a first-timer would be able to pick any seating position he/she likes, the bike would end up looking like a beach cruiser. The general road position feels a little awkward and uncomfortable if you're not familiar with it, but it becomes comfortable and necessary as you progress to longer rides. There's a need to have the body positioned with the right weight distribution between the front and back of the bike. If you work with a good shop, put some trust in their fitting guidelines. You can always have the steerer tube left long on the fork, add some spacers, change stems, etc. The reason for doing this is to start with a more forgiving position on the bike, then slowly change to a more traditional road-position as you do more and more riding. "Comfortable" will change.
re: Whatever feels comfortablerrjc5488
Sep 5, 2003 1:45 PM
Being an avid kayaker and cyclist, yes its the same concept... At first you feel fine on a sit-on-top or wide sit in boat, and then you feel like upgrading to a faster and thinner sit in boat, you get more comfortable with it. Its the same thing with cycling. Once you get comfortable on the bike, you will want to be leaning forward for the aero advantage and so on, but it takes a while to get used to. When they say "ride whats comfortable" I think they mean "ride the frame that you find most comfortable" because most of the positions on a road bike are very similar... good luck finding a good bike!