Subtle changes to a bike can make it far calmer for the rider

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man hilding his bike aloft at the Bike Parade

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Rise above the rest

“I modified it to my needs. It was far more aggressive but I changed that. The handlebars are turned back and it is much better.”

Photographer’s notes: It is an odd aspect to a bike, how some basic changes can alter the style of ride. This rider chose to turn his handlebars back and gain a more upright position – far calmer. My bike has the reverse. The handlebars allow me to stretch out and get a far more aggressive position. That and the super-high seat and low handlebars.

This way, an aggressive bike can be calmed – and a lesser bike can be made far more able to assert authority over the other riders.

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