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bike handling question(3 posts)

bike handling questiongf99
Aug 4, 2003 9:04 AM
My bike seems more stable with my hands at the hoods rather than in the drops. Especially on fast descents. Is this normal, or is it an issue with bike fit, rider position, etc.?
re: bike handling questionorange_julius
Aug 4, 2003 9:23 AM
If you're new to road riding, then this is normal: you're
probably used to the upright position and find that your
new posture is a bit weird.

Of course, fit could be the source of the problem, but
I wouldn't worry about it too much, but if it persists
beyond say your 20-th ride, then it may be time to examine
other factors.

You can't worry about fit too much when you're not sure how
your body likes to get fitted to the bike yet :-).
whatever works for youmohair_chair
Aug 4, 2003 10:59 AM
Is it really more stable, or does it just seem that way? Either way, there is no correct answer. When it comes to descending, do what works and what feels right to you.

One of my friends is a natural born descender, faster and more skillful than you can even imagine, and she almost always rides the hoods. That's what works for her.

I almost always ride in the drops because I can get a lot more braking power with my hands in that position, and it's much harder for my hands to get bumped off the bar on rough pavement. That's what works for me.