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Riding in the drops....(5 posts)

Riding in the drops....UOD
Apr 8, 2001 2:02 PM
I mostly ride the hood's of my Sti shifters when on flats, outta the saddle efforts and descents. I also ride the tops when im need of a new hand position or im climbing something steep.

But i cant ride in the drops for more than like, 30 seconds. It's too uncomfortable and i dont like the hand position. Im riding a medium Giant TCR frame. I have about a 2" drop from the seat to the tops of the bar. Im 5'8, 40 yrs and 180lbs. Does anyone have any tips on riding the drops. or does it matter? well back to "recycle" on OLN. Peace and Thanks...john
re: Riding in the drops....Lazy
Apr 8, 2001 3:20 PM
Try raising the bar's a little. It worked for me.
flexibility is lacking...dave
Apr 8, 2001 4:31 PM
Raising your bars isn't the answer. 2" isn't much of a drop. I have my bars about 3-1/2 inches below the saddle, and it doesn't keep me out of the drops, although I use them mainly for descending and cornering.

You should try stretching exercises. If you can't touch your toes easily, you've got room for improvement. I can put my palms flat on the floor (in bare feet). Strong abdominal and back muscles are also important, to keep weight off your hands, in all positions.

How about that gut? 180 is pretty hefty for 5'-8". I'm only an inch shorter, and weigh 135-140.
i find that short drop bars are realy nicejohn de
Apr 8, 2001 4:33 PM
cinelli make a shorter drop bar but ive had there shortest (nerve) and its not nearly as nice as salsa poco...i have a huge drop from seat to bars and i also ride the hoods most of the time, i also feel less in control in the drops besides finding it not as comfortable...i use them mostly while doing short quick climbs at a high cadence, other than then i sometimes try to go aero but end up kind of holding my weight on just the fingers and not fully wraping around the bar...i too dont really use them but im ok with that
Another option for barstommyb
Apr 8, 2001 5:36 PM
Consider trying the Scott Drop-In handlebars. The end of these bars continue to curve inward (toward the head tube) after the normal drop position. I only recently switched to them, and find the additional position to be comfortable. It allows the rider to get fairly aero, and not be as stretched out as a normal drop position. I wouldn't use them going through hard corners or anywhere braking is at a premium, but for straight line hammering, they work. Best thing, they're on sale at Nashbar for 8 bucks. If you don't like them, no big loss.