Saturday was a challenging ride from West Hollywood to Long Beach, and one of the challenges was constantly mounting or dismounting the bike with the whip pole. Even with the top part disconnected, the lower part still was several inches above my saddle and I was having to contort my leg to avoid hitting it. This was especially difficult when I had shaking legs.
Well, I want to leave the whip pole connected to the bike, at least the lower part, but I don't want to have to fight with it all the time, so I have cut off about 15" of the lower part so that it is no longer above the height of my saddle. I still have plenty of room for the upper part to be flapping noticeably in the breeze behind me.