November 25, 2013
The other day I was talking to a customer about the difference between race geometry and touring geometry. An important thing to understand when choosing a frame for a custom build as it will dramatically differ the riding style of the finished bike.
The analogy I used to describe the difference was however laughed at by both the customers and my colleague/friend. Cheers!. I took it on the chin but now I have a spare moment I just wanted to explain what I was jabbering on about.
This is the analogy...
I described the difference as if you were sitting on a stool. The top one is race geometry, the lower touring geometry.
Race geometry. Perching on a narrow stool.
The narrower the legs the more twitchy the balance point is. Great for blasting it around corners and feeling the road.
Touring geometry. Slouching on a wide stool.
The wider the legs, the more balance you have making it easier the sit up-right and more relaxed. Needed for long distance and carrying heavy panniers.
See, it makes perfect sense...
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