Brucey wrote:I don't disagree with you entirely, far from it. But all you can do is set up for the 'steady state' , and
this is an upthrust centred somewhere near the pedal on the downstroke, not the BB spindle.
I'd argue steady state bimbling along the upthrust is near the spindle, and only
somebody like Wiggo going full tilt on a time trial will it be near the pedal axis.
But there is a test, similar to what I said before, but just take your rear foot
off the pedal, and balance on your front foot with the cranks level and no
force on the bars. I'd suggest this is apposite for a rider that can crank out
so much power they are barely if at all sat on the saddle most of the time.
(Sadly, that does not remotely apply to me.)
IMO the reality of limiting the static force on your hands lies between
the two extremes, and the point as you apply power you pull on the bars.
Ideally leaning on the bars and pulling on them oscillates around a neutral point.
The neutral point will vary for everyone, but nearly allways hand discomfort
is too much leaning on the bars, i.e. poor typical balance on the bike.
Its not a concern for racers, like all comfort issues, they don't matter.