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What handlebar position when out of the saddle?(10 posts)

What handlebar position when out of the saddle?Fez
Nov 18, 2002 3:04 PM
1) When out of the saddle, are your hands on the drops for all-out sprints on flat terrain?

2) When out of the saddle, are your hands on the brake hoods when you are climbing a steep hill? Does the steepness and length of the hill matter in your decision?
re: What handlebar position when out of the saddle?Allez Rouge
Nov 18, 2002 3:08 PM
1. There's nothing I do on a bike that could ever be confused with a "sprint."

2. Yes. No.
I think that I saw this in Bicycling -- when climbing, hands inbill
Nov 18, 2002 3:15 PM
the drops only if you're Italian and very, very good.
Yep, that's Jeanie Longo's style of climbing... hands in the drops. -nmTig
Nov 18, 2002 5:33 PM
Nov 18, 2002 3:19 PM
Sprinting, always on drops.

Hoods for extending climbing out of saddle or when very winded; drops for short hard spurts.
It's like this53T
Nov 18, 2002 6:06 PM
Sprinting: In the hooks, not the drops, there is a difference.

Climbing: Don't ask me, I'm a specialist.
And what would that difference be? (nm)TFerguson
Nov 18, 2002 6:27 PM
I think he means...jtferraro
Nov 18, 2002 8:52 PM
hooks=ends of bars, closest to you and drops=where you put your hands when descending(usually), w/i reach of brake/shifter levers. Of course, correct me if I'm wrong anybody!

I believe you have it backwardsRay Sachs
Nov 19, 2002 5:04 AM
To me, hooks means the curved or hooked portion of the bar, in the front where the big bend is, farthest from you, etc. The drops is down on the flat part where the hook is finished and the bar has done dropped. I sprint (to the extent the words "I" and "sprint" can co-exist in a single sentence, paragraph, or even encylopedia) in the drops, descend in the hooks, and honk along into a headwind in the transition between the two.

Gotcha - thanks for clarifying. (nm)jtferraro
Nov 19, 2002 5:37 AM