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Hand position when climbing.....(4 posts)

Hand position when climbing.....mlester
Nov 19, 2002 5:56 AM
Where does everyone generally keep their hands when on an ascent? I usually keep them palms in, just above the hoods...that is where they are most comfortable. But is there another way where I may get better leverage for a tough climb?

Hoods, Flats near stem. All good, VI to be comfortable IMO NMSpunout
Nov 19, 2002 6:31 AM
Depends on whether I'm sitting or standingAllez Rouge
Nov 19, 2002 6:40 AM
Being a semi-Clyde (six feet even, 195lbs), I usually stay in the saddle and spin going up long climbs. In this case I drape my hands lightly over the tops, on each side of the stem, because I've found that if I put them anywhere else I tend to unconsciously tighten my grip and thus tense up my neck and shoulders.

When I stand, either to power up a short climb or to break up a long one, my hands are always on the hoods since no other position feels natural or comfortable.

Using either method, I'm a perfectly lousy climber.
Depends on whether I'm sitting or standingStevieP
Nov 19, 2002 8:23 AM
When seated, I find it most comfortable with my palms facing forwards on the top of the bar with my thumbs close to the end of the ribbon. Out of the saddle it has to be the hoods.

FWIW, I never seem to use the curve at the top of the bar just before the hoods. I guess you should just go with wahatever you are comforable with. After all, why are there so many different hand positions (curves) available if everyone cannot be conmforatble in the same position?!