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Well, it was worth a try

June 22, 2012
by Erin B

I have found that when I am biking with the kid trailer, I end up leaning really  quite far forward.   So much so that I started thinking, well it was called a “sports” I should lower the bars.

Except, as previously mentioned, the handle bars don’t go up and they don’t seem to want to go down.

After reading about upside down north roads bars on Lovely Bicycle, I decided to give that a try.

Veloria said that it tends to be a Love It or Hate It experience.  Just to be contrary, I love it and I hate it.

When I took it out for a test ride it was amazing!  I just flew on that bike.  Me and the bike without the trailer and I could easily blow through all three gears and push it upto 30kms/hr.  It was lovely!  With the trailer, I pretty much top out at 25kms/hr.  It was so much fun to ride.  It made me remember why I bought Nicolas.  Fast on a bike is darn fun.

I was so please with how it turned out.

Then on Thursday, I hooked up the trailer and headed out.

That was not fun.  The extra zip was still nice, but I don’t like how the forward posture means I can’t just peek over my shoulder to check on Little Girl.

When it is just me, I didn’t even notice that my field of vision is smaller when I am leaning forward.  Biking with a trailer is different.  It bothered me enough that I have put them back.

In this picture, my front wheel is slightly off the ground, but the nose of my saddle is about level with the top of my handle bar stem.  From there the handle bars sweep up or down and have a difference of about 3ish inches (T says 4) from the top of the stem to the height of the grips.  That means that by changing the position, I dropped about six inches compared to the original set up.

Having your handle bars three inches lower than your seat isn’t a lot for a road bike, but it is on a commuter bike.  It really is when I am pulling a trailer.

When Little Girl is a Medium Girl and riding on her own ten speed, I would really like to try this again.  But for now, the handle bars are back as they where.

Speaking of her future 10 speed, it is SO cute!  It has teeny tiny little 24inch wheels!

It is shiny and red and will look amazing with white tires and white handle bar tape.  That retro rack is so cute!  But that is at least five years away.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2012 11:24 am

    My friend just lent me her back-up bike, which is one of those weird looking foldable ones. It looks WEIRD, but at least it’s a bike. I may take my first bike ride in 12 years today.

    • Erin B permalink*
      June 27, 2012 10:11 pm

      Yay! I have a weird looking folding bike too… It is ugly! I hope your first ride is less rusty than my weird folding bike.

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