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Carrying Bike - TechniquePNW Rider
Jan 27, 2004 11:57 AM
Just checking out the last pics of the Super Prestige Race.

There is a couple shots of the leaders on a run up and they all are carrying their bikes with their right arm wrapped around the head tube holding on to left side of handlebar drop. The shots are on www.cyclingnews.com under the last Super Prestige Race Results and Photos.

Was curious how many use this technique vs. wrapping arm around down tube and holding on to leftside handlebar drop. Seems like the only advantage of the head tube wrap is that your arm would get less muddy. Otherwise it seems like there would be potential cable interference.

Thoughts?
re: Carrying Bike - Techniqueatpjunkie
Jan 27, 2004 12:56 PM
I think it is a preference mostly dictated by height. It seems most taller riders (myself included) go around the headtube which is quite easy with long arms. It seems to me as I experiment with position that in this grip it is easier to adjust bike fore/aft on your shoulder to compensate for the steepness of the run up. I run bar-cons and I've nevere had a cable tangle issue and I have far more exposed cable than the pros. My hand position varies from somewhere near the brake lever (either above or below) to sometimes down on the drop. Both styles work so I'd choose the one that suits you best.
re: Carrying Bike - Techniquedreww
Jan 27, 2004 12:57 PM
Depends on upper body physique Wellens, Berden, Van oppen etc all have fairly short stocky torsos and arms. Niys has longer arms so is able to place arm under down tube.
The latter method offers more security and takes some weight off your shoulder onto your forearm, a blessing for those not blessed with muscular shoulders. First method helps keep seat away from head/helmet (as the front end of bike is closer to yuor chest) annoying problem for some.

Try both see which works for you.
re: Carrying Bike - TechniqueJan Gerrit Klok
Jan 29, 2004 1:05 PM
The sequence of me getting off my bike going into a carry :

-hands on top levers
-click out right foot
-brake
-swing right foot over toptube
-point right heel forward ready to put onto the ground
-put right to the ground, click out left and start a run
-right hand on toptube, lift bike
-hang seat over right shoulder and right hand grabs stemclamp

This allows me to make up ground even on world top level pro's, I seem to be braking later (shorter dismount time), more in control, and my bike's centre of gravity stays low.

Re-mounting:
-left hand to top of handlebar
-right hand that's on stem, pulls bike back off shoulder
-right hand switches to under toptube
-gently puts bike to ground
-hop on (which I sukk at, and lose more time on than I ever won)

If I lift the bike on my shoulder, it's WAAAAY up, far away from where I need it. My tall legs and super-sloping race bike further enhance that effect.

O well, it works for me!

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