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Climbing and hand positionsDad Man Walking
Mar 2, 2003 7:54 PM
I don't recall a discussion on this yet, so here goes...

On a single brake bike (with regular drop bars), how are you supposed to climb (honk) up hills when standing? On my road bike, I am on the hoods. But on my fixed gear bike, I only have one hood (the left). Standing with both hands on the tops feels very squirrelly. Standing with both hands in the drops feels way too "butt up/head down" to be natural. Climbing with my left hand on the hood and my right hand on the outer bend of the bar of the bar does not feel secure, and is a carpel tunnel problem waiting to happen.

I know about dummy brake hoods, but I don't have one. So what's a fixer to do???
re: Climbing and hand positionscurlupanddie
Mar 2, 2003 8:45 PM
personally, I run no hoods (bmx lever), so this is only sorta applicable, but I tilt my bars back 5 degrees or so , so the top of the bar is flat(ish), then I grab the bar just aft of the "hood" position. I also run shallow drop non-ergo bars so I don't feel weird in the drops with my bars all tilty-like.
re: Climbing and hand positionsdesmo
Mar 2, 2003 9:10 PM
sounds like you need a dummy lever. I climb mostly seated holding the flats, or in the hooks for short sprint type hills. I'm also comfortable holding the bends where the hoods would be.

here's something I've not done but think it might work well. assuming you are using cork tape, double or triple up the wrap at the point your hood would be on the no-lever side. this well give you a little high spot to rest your hand on.
re: Climbing and hand positionsSqueg
Mar 3, 2003 5:51 AM
I run no hoods as well on one of my fixies and have no problems climbing w/ my hands on the sides of the drop bars...personal pref. The other fixie has a flat bar, althogh I haven't done much climbing with this one, what I have done seems to work OK.
in the dropsDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 7:30 AM
I climb in my fixed gear only in the drops. I think the tops or hoods are more for spinning up hills. On the fixed gear, I'm mashing hard, and seem to make more "mash power" in the drops, sort of like sprinting.

If the drops are too low to breathe while climbing, maybe raise the bars a bit so you can actually use the drops.

We run 2 brake levers and climb the same on all our bikes.MB1
Mar 5, 2003 7:00 AM
Of course we run the fixtes as SS's about half the time.

I have always felt that I want my riding position to be as close as I get to the same on all my bikes.
Do you evver forget what bike you're on? nmOverStuffed
Mar 5, 2003 7:59 PM