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Poll--What percentage of time is spent in Drops/Hoods/Bars? nm(17 posts)

Poll--What percentage of time is spent in Drops/Hoods/Bars? nmreklar
May 14, 2003 8:49 PM
almost always on da'hoods. NMstik__boy
May 14, 2003 8:50 PM
85%:15% nmelviento
May 14, 2003 9:08 PM
re: Poll--What percentage of time is spent in Drops/Hoods/Bars? nmmackgoo
May 14, 2003 10:41 PM
90% in the drops. Isn't that why we have that style bar?
re: Poll--What percentage of time is spent in Drops/Hoods/Bars? nmLLSmith
May 15, 2003 1:38 AM
45% drops
45% hoods
10% tops
50/50 since I started racing...biknben
May 15, 2003 3:47 AM
I used to ride the hoods all the time. The drops were a waste for me. When I started racing I realized I needed to get more aero and get more power into the bars. I've adjusted and now use my drops as much as the hoods. The only time I ride the hoods is if I'm just cruising slow or climbing.
different on solo and group ridestarwheel
May 15, 2003 5:05 AM
When riding solo, I probably spend 75% of the time in the drops, 25% on the hoods. On group rides, I probably spend 90% of the time on the hoods and 10% in the drops. I generally don't ride in the drop on group rides unless I'm at the front of a paceline because it's harder reaching the brakes if necessary.
depends on which bike and which ride nmJS Haiku Shop
May 15, 2003 6:18 AM
Too much time on the hoodstorquer
May 15, 2003 6:57 AM
Or at least it seems that way, when I bother to think about it. Riding alone, over my moderately hilly usual routes, I estimate 20% drops/80% hoods.

I have been curious about something I noticed on hard group rides when I returned to riding a few years ago: even in fast pace lines, I would see riders stay on the hoods. Possible explanations: riders coming over from mountain biking; allure of STI/ergo shifting, so you never want to have to move your hands to shift; increase in age/reduction in flexiblity of typical roady.

Anyone else notice this trend?
What strain of masochism compels people to think that theybill
May 15, 2003 7:58 AM
should want to be in the drops so that they apologize for riding anywhere else?
To me, the drops are for getting more aero when I need to, when it really makes a difference. It is a change of position, it is a temporary position. It is not as comfortable for me. I can't breathe as well, and my muscles are not all that used to it (although, my current message notwithstanding, I have been forcing myself to spend more time in the drops to make it less uncomfortable).
If your bars are high enough so that you can ride all day in the drops, then they're pretty high, and you don't have a special-needs aero position. This to me makes little sense.
Look at the pro peloton. Those boys, even in a breakaway, ride the hoods a lot.
I'm in the drops maybe 15% of the time. With no (okay, few) apologies.
This strain:torquer
May 15, 2003 11:14 AM
(of masochism)
When I'm out training, if I find myself cruising along, hands on the tops, then I've lost focus and am doing junk miles. Remembering to get in the drops (when appropriate, obviously) reminds me to spin and put in more effort . That is not to say I want to hammer for the entire ride, but with limited time to ride, I want to get maximum training benefit out of those few miles I can get in.

Now for recovery, during warm ups/ cool downs or on the bike path, no one needs to worry about where their hands are (and they certainly don't need to apologize to anyone; between the stem police and fashion commentators we have enough to worry about); my comments concerned fast groups/race simulation, where I observed less than optimal positioning by many riders.
higher handlebarstarwheel
May 15, 2003 11:39 AM
My handlebars are fairly high, about a 1" drop from the saddle, so I can ride comfortably in the drops for extended periods. This is great for solo riding because it makes me more aero when there's nobody to draft behind. On group rides, I'm usually on the hoods, so there's less need to be aero and more need to have quick access to my brakes.
May 15, 2003 8:47 AM
I'm probably on the hoods 80% of the time, in the drops 15% and on the tops 5%. Of course, this all depends on the route -- more climbing means more time on the tops, while a flatter or downhill route will put me in the drops a bit more.
75% on the top flat, 24% on hoods, drops only in headwind.cory
May 15, 2003 9:00 AM
I almost never touch the drops. Until a few years ago, I used to cut them off and flop the bar over to make bullhorns. I've ridden 1,000 miles so far this spring, and I'd be surprised if I had a total of 2 miles on the drops.
it depends...velocity
May 15, 2003 9:01 AM
A rough overall breakdown would be 55% hoods, 30% tops, 15% drops. Like others have said, I've worked on increasing my comfort/percentage of time spent in the drops. When I first came back from mtn biking, I barely spent any time in the drops.
re: Poll--What percentage of time is spent in Drops/Hoods/Bars? nmMikeC
May 15, 2003 10:45 AM
Probably 70% hoods, 30% drops, but it depends on the ride and the company. I found myself using the drops a lot more when I switched to my Ritchey WCS anatomics. That radical bump helps a lot...and makes up for the bars being so darn ugly!
re: Poll--What percentage of time is spent in Drops/Hoods/Bars? nmcoonass
May 15, 2003 4:06 PM
50/50 on hoods and top of bars...I generally only ride in the drops in a head-wind or the lead-pull.....