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anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?(11 posts)

anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?ishmael
Aug 26, 2002 6:29 PM
No matter how much I climb on the hoods, as soon as I'm in a race, I'm climbing in the drops. It just seems to work better. There is more leverage and better ability to spin and pull. And I feel (and am)in better control. Every bike I've owned, no matter what the geometry, it's the same. Now that Pantani is gone are there any pros who've had success using this technique. Are there any cons. Maybe it's a light person thing, needing more leverage since there isnt enough weight.
re: anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?jtolleson
Aug 26, 2002 6:47 PM
Can't speak to racing contexts, but I hill climb plenty. I can't stand the compressed feeling in my chest. I want it opened up, seated or standing. I find I can pull on the corners of the top of the bar, without grabbing the drops. But it is personal preference and also influenced by setup, including how much saddle-to-bar differential you have.
re: anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?Leisure
Aug 26, 2002 8:16 PM
Mostly I climb on the top of the bar; I'll switch to the hoods or drops here or there, but it's not my default position. It's just more like the positioning on my mtb which I'm more used to. On the descents however, I'm almost exclusively in the drops. I feel more settled behind the bar if I have to brake, and it's easier to keep my CG low and a bit rearward.
pro success?tao
Aug 26, 2002 9:29 PM
Can't say I've seen many pros use this technique as much as the Pirate, but many still do. LA uses it out of the saddle on climbs sometimes (in fact I believe he used this to catch Marco up Ventoux to bridge the last gap in 2000 if memory serves) and amazingly Ullrich will use it while seated on the steepest parts of the climb, i.e., taking an inside line on a switchback. A more raw display of power I can't recall.
No, but I drop in the climbs lately. ;) nmLeroy
Aug 27, 2002 4:38 AM
re: anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?King Henry
Aug 27, 2002 7:29 AM
On medium grade climbs I feel even more comfortable in the drops than on flat stretches. I haven't quite figured out why. But once I hit steep grades I can't stay in the drops.
Since I raised the bars, it feels pretty goodSilverback
Aug 27, 2002 7:40 AM
Couple of years ago I raised my handlebars a la Grant Petersen, so they're about level with the saddle. Makes a huge place I notice it is in a long, gradual climb, often into a 15-20mph headwind, on my way home from work. I can get in the drops to get semi-aero, but still have room to expand my lungs.
re: anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?rtyszko
Aug 27, 2002 7:56 AM
Yup, I started doing it for short bursts (1/2 mile or less, usually less) after I saw Il Pirata do it. I definietly think that it helps with the power thing. Funny though, I'm rarely in the drops on the flats or descents. If I have a long descent I will be. Bye-the-way, I'm light too. I saw Bortero doing it on that mountain stage he won in the TDF

re: anyone else climb in the drops, and why not?Peter E
Aug 27, 2002 10:52 AM
I usually do it if im doing sprint up small climbs, but if the climb is a little longer, i think it's quit unusual since you compress your body and especially stummac more.

In the pictures i have of Beloki from this Tour he is down in the drops, and loos a bit like the hunchback of notredam
yep, short climbslonefrontranger
Aug 27, 2002 2:51 PM
If I'm climbing in the drops, it usually means I'm sprinting up some short little booger in a crit or otherwise attacking / accelerating.

I find (for me) that climbing in the drops = anaerobic effort, where climbing on the hoods = LT / sustainable effort. Don't really have a good reason why.

I do feel better balanced and more coordinated climbing on the hoods for extended periods, though. Probably because it doesn't throw my weight so far forward.
big ring = drops and small ring = hoods. My 2 cents. (nm)yfoiler
Aug 27, 2002 4:53 PM