Old Ned wrote:
Well, if that isn't a good reason for riding in a non-conventional manner then I don't know what is! Sorry if my original post seemed a bit 'confrontational', it wasn't meant to be in the slightest and I suppose I could have worded it slightly better
If nothing else you've hopefully made people aware of the potential problems associated with our sport. I reckon you should be commended for continuing to ride in such circumstances. Let's hope the situation improves for you both soon.
My comment was probably a reaction to some of the bike set-ups that can often be seen nowadays. Generally used by certain of the fashionable 'fixie' crowd where they use a 24" front wheel lo-pro frame and stick the saddle as high as possible and the 6" wide straight bars as low as possible and think it's clever. More often than not without a front brake too. Not only is the riding position unsafe and the handling diabolical but no brake = illegal. Not that they seem to care.
Are you going to race the bike next season? Is it any different/better/worse compared to your modern carbon machine?
I've tried so many different saddles and the best one I've come across is the Adamo that I have on my carbon TT machine, but at £140 it's a wee bit expensive to go buying one for every one of my bikes.
In the meantime I've found the Selle Italia anatomical cutout saddles at my 'impossible' angle to be very comfortable. I rode the Norwich 100 alongside my wife on the road bike banana without any undercarriage issues, or wrist and shoulder issues.
The Lo-Pro is actually going out racing next year, and its two mile test run does prove it to be quite a smooth ride. The power transfer is not as direct as the carbon frame, but once it's moving it's very nice. The riding position is going to take a wee bit of getting used to though.
And thanks for the IVF boost Terryhfs
To be honest I got told two years ago that cycling wasn't going to help our conception issues so I laid off the bike for a year, and got nothing but a stone heavier!
Went back to racing last year and my count was 40 million (and 75% swimming straight) whilst racing, so something was ok.
I will lay off the racing though before the IVF, but will still keep a bit of cycling going just to keep the fitness levels up which also helps.