Your analogy is spot on with what I was thinking, gears = leaning, ss = standing. Now go figure out how you could claim a custom frame as a medical expense covered by insurance :devil:DeeZee said:A quick summary:
I have been off of the bike for two months in order to treat a bulging disk issue in my back. :madmax: The physical therapy has gone well and this week I should get the ok to start slowly riding again.:thumbsup: From the doctors and other riders they suggest a bike with more of an upright position. In my mind that meant a cruiser bike that would not climb well.:skep: After receiving an education (from some custom builders) I found out that I could have a bike that climbed well and had all of the other qualities that I wanted out of a bike. I love SS'ing but wonder if a geared bike would be a better choice.
So is a SS easier on the back than a geared bike or vise versa? On a SS you (at least me) are out of the saddle more and not bent forward as much. However you are pushing harder and that may put additional strain on the lower back.
On a geared bike you are bent forward more however having a choice of gears to allow you (at least me) to spin vs. mash.
Ps. Please no over zealous responses about how great SS is vs. geared. I get enough of that type of gibberish on the 29'er board.