last year watching the tdf I noticed that the riders seem to have their bars and consequently brake levers in a very high position....to the point that it looks positively unrideable to me.....here is an example with stuart o grady:http://i2-images.tv2.dk/i/33/12027333-0 ... d8841.jpeg
when i used to ride road everyone always had a much lower position....
what's the craic?
from my experience riding 'cross, higher levers give a bit better control and the shape of Shimano STIs suit it pretty well. The Stuart O'GRady pic looks like it might have been taken in a Cobble-y spring classic, where extra control is needed? However, I couldn't ride them on the road like that all the time, but you do see some massive differences in bar angle and brifter position with the pros. That Sean Yates pic is nuts - that's the lowest I have ever seen!