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How much do lower pegs actually affect riding position?

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Hey all - I just put new riser clip-ons on my TLR to improve the riding position and put a little less strain on my nearly-50-year-old wrists. I also got some buell-style dropped footpegs that lower my feet about in inch. But while I'm quickly getting used to the new clip-ons, I'm finding the pegs a bit of a pain - mainly because with the old ones, my feet actually rested in part on the mounts that the pegs attach to, so they were close in to the bike and straight in line with the pedals. With the dropped ones, my feet have to be an inch or two further out because of the drop, with my toes angled in slightly to get to the pedals. I could probably get used to it, but overall I just don't like it as much. So I'm wondering, how much benefit does lowering footpegs an inch actually give me? Is it worth giving it some time and trying to adjust - or is the difference really so minor that I'm probably best off just sticking with the original pegs that I like much better?
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Its a case of comfort more than anything. Anything that detracts from the business of riding (in this case worrying about foot position) is going to have a detrimental effect. If you like the original pegs and therefore have to think about them less while you are riding then I'd say stick with them.

At the risk of sounding all moralistic and sermonising, you might find adjusting yourself is a better course of action. I'm way the wrong side of 40, I've got an arthritic wrist, screws in my knee, torn shoulder ligaments and a knackered ankle. The best thing I did to fix the strain I was getting whilst riding was to lose a load of weight. I could stand to lose some more and just to cap the insanity I've even considered trying out yoga or something. Improving general flexibility has a lot to be said for it in riding terms. I'm about as bendy as a fork stanchion (the rugby didn't help) and it is quite literally a pain. However, something as simple as stretching out ham strings and calves has an amazing effect.

Knowing me though I'll probably end up doing the stupid thing like going off to play vet's rugby - just to get fit. After all, I still have two working elbows that I haven't ****ed up yet. :)

You mght find with the riser bars and your stock pegs that it ends up putting a bit more stress on your lower back. If this turns out to be the case then you may have to drop the pegs.

Otherwise I see only two alternatives: a good osteopath or you take up top fuel drag racing. If you are going to ride then just as well do it lying down. :laugh
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for Itsmesteve we widened the levers by welding on them

you could also warm them up and reprofile them outwards
for Itsmesteve we widened the levers by welding on them

you could also warm them up and reprofile them outwards
As above, or get Woodcraft levers, (which is what I did) as the you can bend them with a little muscle and they won't break. Also quite reasonable for spare parts down the road, if you need a new toe piece etc...
Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to go back to the original pegs for a while, see how they feel with the new bars. Part of the problem is that my brake pedal is a little bent inwards, from a slow-speed drop a few years back - it's never been a problem till now, but I'm afraid with my feet pushed further out I could miss the rear brake altogether in an emergency, which wouldn't be a good thing. Once I replace the brake pedal (maybe I'll go with the Woodcraft ones), then maybe I'll revisit the peg issue.
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