By Greg Conderacci
Recently, RBR launched this new series to enlighten our ultra-cool readers about the benefits of dorkiness. In Part I, we explored the benefits of covering your $250 helmet with plastic screening material you can buy from a hardware store for a few cents.
Today, we’re going to do dorky things with handlebars, namely, layer in some gel padding and then triple wrap the bars so that they look fat and disgusting. After that, we’re going to tip them up at about a 30-degree angle. There is absolutely no reason for anybody to do this, except that it’s pretty darn comfortable.
Try this experiment. Swing your arms forward, in a relaxed way, to about where they’d be on a handlebar. You’ll notice two things: (1) your wrists are not bent forward, like they’d be on the tops of level handlebars and (2) your hands are not clenched as they would be on thin bars. You’re trying to duplicate this relaxed form on your bike. Also, (3) the extra padding absorbs a lot of road shock that would go to arms, shoulders, and neck.
Here’s the nice thing. It doesn’t cost much to give this a try. If you don’t like it, put it back to the way it was before.
Do you have a dorky tip to share? Don’t be shy. We’ll withhold your name upon request. Remember a dorky tip has one or more of these characteristics:
- Pro riders do not do it (nor does just about anybody else)
- It’s cheap or maybe even free
- It usually adds weight
- It will NEVER be featured in fancy bike catalogs, because, well, there’s no money in it.
Greg Conderacci is a marketing consultant and a former Wall Street Journal reporter, non-profit entrepreneur, and investment bank chief marketing officer. In Getting UP!, he brings you the same skills he teaches at a top graduate school and Fortune 500 companies. Lots of people promise better performance … Greg proves it. Using his energy techniques, in 2015 he rode a bicycle across America in just 18 days — averaging 150 miles a day.