I just got this bike, and put it in the classic "aggressive position". I also ran out and bought spandex. I was just wondering if there are periscope style mirrors I can fasten to the down tube so that I can actually see forward while I am trapeezing?
Because of the tilt of the seat tube, this setup does not make for efficient pedaling. The seat is sitting over the center of the rear wheel, which moves your entire center of gravity too far to the back. You want the center of gravity to be a bit ahead of the bottom bracket, where the downward force is applied to the pedals. That's one of the two main reasons for the aggressive position: that forward center of gravity. The other reason is aerodynamics, of course. I suggest creating a zig-zagged seat tube:
This is just to convey the basic idea. Any good pro shop can make the required ground shadow adjustment that must accompany this modification, and other necessary details.
Huge bonus: This seat post is guaranteed to absorb road vibrations better than even the nimblest vintage 1970's Italian road bike frames.
Race Across American ... about 30 years ago I saw a rider using one of these (home made). (I saw it on the commercial TV coverage of RAAM) For anyone that has spent 20 hours during a day riding a gravel road across the hills of North Dakota while covering 189 miles ... This would be a welcome addition. Many also scoff at having a rear view mirror. Same difference. Rear view has saved my life on at least 5 occasions.
Watch any bicyclist on a road cycle. Note how often they ride for short intervals with head down ... looking up to check road.
Then there was the time an oncoming motorist launched his drink cup at my head. Oncoming ice filled cup at 40+ mph while riding on 2' raised sidewalk across causeway.
Head tucked to let my helmet shield me. Would have been a good time for this device.
I tried a reverse mirror (rather than a prism) years ago. makes the brain do extra processing.
Also, as I age and muscles vanish ... even more desireable.
50 years cycling ...
hit by car once (survived because of mirror providing me warning)
fell once on RR track
Fell once at 1mph on a hill climb on sand road (chain came off)
Fell once (endo coming off steep down slope parking lot
had to hit brake to avoid car)
Fell once at age 12 with a passenger on the seat and me proving engine.
---- And I road OVER a 4'x4' A frame road hazard sign when I was
looking down and hammering on pedals. (no fall)
.... and I suppose a few skinned body parts when I started at age three.
Not a bad safety record ... although I am perhaps overly cautious
... but I live on.
I still expect to die like the raccoons and skunks I pass every ride.
Ahh. Life is joy. Totally worth it. Every now and again I feel the joy I felt when I lost the training wheels.
--- Climbers use something similar == 'belay glasses' to avoid 'belay neck' EXACTLY the same muscle pain. Except cyclists do it MORE.
As to the view: Better than the view from a car rear view mirror. Few think they are silly ... a mirror just to keep you from having to turn your head and look.