Langster - comfortable commuter?
After getting my first proper road bike I was kind of tempted to buy a langster. I like the simplicity. I liked the reviews. Many people use it as their favorite commuter. So I bought the bike. The shock was how uncomfortable the geometry is! Most reviews say the bike is basically a road geometry, not track, but that is not true at all. Thre bottom bracket is really much higher than with my allez. So I sit higher above the road and stopping at lights and getting your foot on the ground is tricky as well as getting up on your saddle. Another thing, the handle bar is much lower than my saddle, again, something I have no issue with allez. Allez, a road bike, is pretty comfortable, my langster feels like an aggressive race bike compared to allez. I flipped the stem and now the handle bar is a bit higher, but still lower than with allez. I got used to this aggressive geometry, and love the bike but I wonder why reviews don't mention that langster is definitely not a comfortable bike and I wonder how many commuters have no problem with its aggressive track geometry. I am pretty flexible, alghough I am 50, but if my body was more rigid, I coudn't ride this bike, it would be too uncomfortable. So in counclusion, I love the bike, I got used to it, but the reviews are very misleading, don't you think? This is not an allez without gears, it is a track bike, with a track geometry and not very comfortable for commuting, unless your body is in great shape.