Since the rain is confined to one season, usually from late autumn to spring, in our region it is very dry in the summer. This situation has worsened in recent years due to our drought. So I always look forward to seeing the hillsides green again after the first rains of the year. I was happy to see this on my ride today after the heavy rains we had a week ago (with more hopefully soon on the way).
Last Tuesday I did a group ride with a long stretch against a headwind. I liked giving some of the riders battling the wind the benefit of some air flow behind me on my e-bike. The problem was that I was leaning on the handlebars for a long time while riding in front. Usually I avoid this by taking frequent standing breaks, which makes me more upright, but it doesn’t give me as good a draft. So on yesterday’s solo ride I took the same bike and experimented. Turns out I have the ability to sit more upright with my handlebar setup. Normally this is not recommended as it is less aerodynamic (it is called the “sit and beg” position by runners who consider themselves “serious”). But that’s not a problem on an e-bike, you can simply overcome the increased wind resistance by increasing the level of assist. Tried this today, occasionally taking straight sitting breaks with no back pain. Problem solved!