Photo by Amsterdamize
Fully upright is the best position for cycling. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. They’re only trying to sell you a bike that’s less comfortable in exchange for maybe a tiny percentage of gain in leg-effort or some other power dynamic that you won’t ever consider while you’re actually riding a bike.
No, I wouldn’t want to tour fully loaded on an upright. Other riding positions have their usefulness, but nothing beats upright for every day cycling. I find myself wishing for a taller stem on my Raleigh to make it more like my bakfiets and here is one reason why: when I wear a suit on a bike I want it to fit like it does when I’m standing or sitting at a desk. When I ride in even the most moderately “aggressive” position, my clothes lay taut against my back instead of hanging on the frame of my body. That means my shirt is clinging to my sweat when I want it to be moving loosely around me like it would if I were off the bike. Or riding upright.
*Finding a fully upright Dutch-style bike in this country is not an easy thing, I know. Even the big name hybrids out there lately are closer to the positioning of my Raleigh 3-speed than to a Dutch bike.
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