Cruzbike, revisited

It seems as though my previous posts about the Cruzbike come up in searches on a regular basis, so I thought it would be good to write about them again, and see what kind of comments come out of it. It’s not so much that I’m totally opposed to their design – if it works for you, that’s great. But from reading their website, a less-sophisticated cyclist might get the impression that the millions and millions of cyclists riding traditional upright bikes today are putting themselves at risk of neck, back, and hand injuries, as well as possible ED. That’s a bit of a stretch, as far as I’m concerned.

The fact remains that a properly fitted and adjusted bicycle should not cause any of these issues. And there are so many much more affordable alternatives for the casual cyclist, it’s still hard for me to fathom the appeal of a non-traditional design that actually requires a learning curve. While Shimano’s Coasting hasn’t exactly set the world on its head, those bikes certainly seem like a more viable design.

So I’m softening my position on the Cruzbike. Before, I didn’t see the point at all. Now, I’ll give them this – if someone that can’t comfortably ride another design can get around on a Cruzbike, they can’t be all bad.

On a slightly related note, I’m offering this suggestion: If you aren’t comfortable on your current bike, seek out a good bike shop, or a friend/neighbor that rides and understands proper fit. And if you’re the rider that puts in the long hard miles without any issues, take a few minutes to lend a hand in getting someone fit. Because riding should be fun, and being uncomfortable is no fun at all.