Nov 11  |  No one really cares about spacers.. I know I don’t

Posted by , November 11th, 2011 at 5:09PM    

because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you think about how your weight is distributed on the bike and that you think about the constant ever changing dynamics between you, the road and where you are on the thing (as well as the surround). The real point is that biking is thinking. Likely that it starts out as a conscious cognitive process until it becomes a kind of body thinking. No matter your fitness level.. think of your position on a bike as an open conversation and an evolution that speaks to function. Find the comfort in the function. How long and low can you sit on a bike and still feel comfortable and neutral. Can you find your center of gravity and use it in different ways on the bike? Can you change your body to make the dialogue with the bike work better?
Cycling can be an endless conversation between the mind, the body, and the road. There is this hysterical reaction I see evoked when you tell someone that their position to too high up front… when instead there’s a possiblity of this wonderful adaptation between the body and the bike. Bikes are about balance, they teach us about balance. Where you put your hands has everything to do with where you find your balance. Play with this…. because there are consequences to being out of balance. I feel best on a bike when I’m in balance and connected to it. It’s on me to find that. A stem isn’t about your manliness (it’ s just a stem/a part)… but how you sit on a bike can say alot about the nature of the conversation and the context of riding that works best for you. It’s a dynamic. Provoking this conversation about the front of the bike and your body somehow becomes a kind of hysteria. Balance is a conversation.. it’s the conversation. The one thing my bike is always teaching me.. is about balance.


  1. Before you tell someone how to ride a bike you need to ask them why they ride a bike? Even if you are sharing the same road or part of the same group ride, don’t assume the purpose is the same. Not everyone wants to be you.

    Comment by James — November 12, 2011 @ 6:47 am    

  2. a truism for life in general I feel………

    Comment by nige — November 12, 2011 @ 6:58 am    

  3. Good point James. I dont think it’s about me…. I think the point is that there’s a certain range of positions for which a bike is designed to ask of the rider (the idea that it’s a discipline of sorts)… and that as great as it is to make bikes to adapt to those that can’t assume the position… maybe sometimes it’s ok to put it back on the rider to work on their body enough just so that they can without it becoming a call to those that feel wounded by the idea. I see Georg out here regularly on his Colnago.. he’s in his 80’s.. his back is flat, he spins a smooth gear, the bike is stock. It can be done.
    I take it for granted that we all love anyone on any bike (because I do)… and that we can say it out loud when things about racing style bikes get lost in translation.
    All of this meant to provoke you to think about how you feel about it rather than to demand that you agree. The thing you come to is what works. You see, I see,…. we see. I think one of the best things about a road bike is that it ask so much of the person on it and mirrors back to the rider so directly whether or not they’re there. I think that’s a joy. Horses do that too don’t they?

    Comment by Noel — January 24, 2012 @ 3:35 pm    

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