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hand position out of saddle...(8 posts)

hand position out of saddle...wtm
Aug 14, 2001 12:43 PM
where does everyone place their hands when they ride out of the saddle? where am I suppose to put them? I just got a road bike and the handling is super sketchy out of the saddle. Is this something you just learn? Thanks in advance.

-wtm
re: hand position out of saddle...Lone Gunman
Aug 14, 2001 12:52 PM
Sprinting, they belong in the drops. Climbing they can be on the hoods or the top of the bar right next to the hoods. Practice and get comfortable. The trick is to sway the bike back and forth and hold a straight line. I like using the white line for practice on this technique when climbing.
how do you shift while out of saddle?Mee
Aug 14, 2001 1:54 PM
I'm just learning how to sprint and my shifting is not smooth because I hardly can "ease the pressure on the pedals" when I'm standing. What do you do? Also, is your cadence lower when you sprint/accelerate?
Only two possibilitiesAgent86
Aug 14, 2001 1:01 PM
On the brake hoods - That's the best, most stable position. It's also the most natural position. Keep your hands just like you are riding on flats, but grip the whole hood as necessary for leverage.

On the drops - Supposedly you get more leverage, but it doesn't seem as stable to me. Marco Pantani and many other pros climb like this. You're not Marco Pantani.

Don't even try to use the tops while standing. It's highly unstable and it looks ridiculous.
re: hand position out of saddle...Dutchy
Aug 14, 2001 3:28 PM
In the tour de France most riders used the hoods while standing, occasionally they also use the drops, but that is mainly when they are attacking or sprinting. For most of the riders the hoods are the most common way to climb. I have always climbed on the hoods, I have tried to use the drops but I feel awkward doing this and it makes the bike "feel" too small. You can change gears while standing, but just slow your pedal slightly while the gears engage then continue at normal pace.
CHEERS.
It WILL get betterjtolleson
Aug 14, 2001 4:14 PM
That feeling of instability when out of the saddle will ease quickly. Its just one of the stages (after moving beyond weaving when you reach for a water bottle) on the roadie learning curve.

As far as rocking the bike, even that is a matter of personal style. Some racers (and us average tourists too) consider it an energy loss, others consider it part of finding a rythm on the bike. The white line is an excellent guide for self-evaluation (many beginners will also weave in steep climbs also).

Keep at it a few months and you'll be a natural.
re: hand position out of saddle...mackgoo
Aug 14, 2001 5:57 PM
Just a caution on the white line, it can be slipery.
Excellent point, Mackgoo!jtolleson
Aug 14, 2001 6:21 PM
It is a guide. Ride along it, not on it. That highway paint can be slick, especially when changing directions or if wet. It just helps you mentally track a straight line