Today was not a good day to ride. 25 mph winds with gusts to 40 mph. It was fun when I left my house with the wind to my back but the return trip was very rough. There were lots of sour faces on the trail today. I had just installed my new bars and Thumbies, so just like a kid with new toys I couldn't wait to try them out. I have never ridden a bike with anything but flat or drop bars so it took some time getting used to the Albatross bars. I forgot where my brake levers were a couple of times, I kept reaching towards the front of the bars where the brake hoods were on my drop bars but I eventually got comfortable with the new setup. I had to tilt up the nose of my saddle. While riding in this new upright position I began to feel like I was sliding off the front. I also set my shifters to friction mode. I think I may keep them this way for a while. The location of the mirror didn't work out for me. I'm not sure where to put it. I didn't want it interfereing with my hand positions so I placed it on the left bar end.
I left the end caps off in case I needed to adjust the brake levers.
Thumbies with shifters in friction mode.