March 29, 2015 by

Once Upon A Time…

Imagine a time in cycling’s history when all road bike handlebars had an extra bend in them. It would only seem natural to design them for the way all 7+ billion people on the planet are designed. Oh, everyone would be riding around in such comfort. Climbs were made easier because of correct biomechanics and anatomical positions, headwinds were cut through like a hot knife through butter and descending was tight, controlled and comfortable. Shoulder and chest muscles were relaxed and not wasting energy trying to hold a potion that is not natural to us humans. Some would call it the utopian era of cycling. The handlebars would look something like the ones on the right. Oh, but that was just a fantasy. For whatever reason, that design was never created. The masses were doomed to ride the only design that everybody accepted as “normal”. The problem with normal is that it is that way because everyone accepts it that way. It is like the old story of the Emperor Has No Clothes. If nobody says anything, than it is status quo. But…the people knew something wasn’t quite right with what they were all riding. Numb hands, sore wrists and general discomfort were the order of the day. Moving ahead about a century, we find ourselves faced with the design that was always meant to be. This new design we see today scared the villagers. They did not know what to make of it. It looked “different.” What are we…

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