Well, this really isn't a matter of bike technology changing over the years (although there could be aspects of changing fashion sense). There were plenty of bikes 25 years ago that had saddles high enough that the cyclist couldn't put their feet flat on the ground. What has changed is the perception that all cyclists should be Lance Armstrong, and only "racing bikes" are worthy of being ridden by modern cyclists.karen3301 said:I have not ridden a bike per se for nearly 25 years. I am embarassed to admit that I cannot believe how technology has changed since then. I bought a modern style bike that does not allow one to place their feet flat on the ground, which is what I was used to doing "when I was young". I have been keeping the seat low enough to place my toes on the ground, but then I have slightly too much knee bend and some ache in my knees. I have had the modern bike a month now and cannot get used to the tippy toe feeling; I believe I cannot control the bike as well as I did back when I have both feet on the ground. I am afraid to take the bike in traffic unless I drastically lower the seat. Should I keep on trying to get "used" to the higher seated new bikes, or invest in a old "cruiser" style flat foot bike? I am serious, dont laugh!!!