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Rotating Hoods Inward(12 posts)

Rotating Hoods InwardMr Nick
Sep 21, 2003 5:46 PM
For fun this afternoon I tried rotating my hoods inward to put my wrists at a more natural angle. Similar to a hand shake. Feels pretty good. Does anyone else do this, or are you supposed to have the hoods point straight ahead?
re: Rotating Hoods InwardNJPhil
Sep 21, 2003 5:53 PM
Never seen that done before, what does that do to your reach to the levers while in the drops?
re: Rotating Hoods InwardMr Nick
Sep 21, 2003 5:55 PM
Actually makes them a little easier to get to because the lever is slightly projected outward.
That's fine for riding on the hoods. . .MisJG
Sep 21, 2003 5:53 PM
but what about braking? Having any difficulty reaching the levers from the drops?
Levers kick outward slightly so actually easier to grab (nm)Mr Nick
Sep 21, 2003 5:59 PM
re: Rotating Hoods InwardMVN
Sep 21, 2003 7:31 PM
I recently did that with my 5200, never tried it on my old bike though. Don't know what made me try it, but now I have no more numbness in my left hand (a problem before) and both "on hoods/in drops" positions are more comfortable. I think you can set them up in whatever position is comfortable. To he!! with anybody who criticizes it.

Creates a new aero positionbimini
Sep 22, 2003 5:08 AM
I have my Campy ergo levers tilled in slightly for the sole reason of getting yet another very good position on the bike.

I curl my little fingers under the lever and rest my palms on the tops of the hoods. I then rest my wrists on the top of the handlebars. I then get my body down level with the road. It creates a race legal aero position that is almost as good as aerobars. I can now hold this postion comfortably for 15-20 minutes.

By tilling the top of the hoods in it gets your arms in a possiton so they can rest on the handlebar comfortably.

I saw several riders doing this on the solo breakaways in the TDF.
Sure, I've done it ever sinceMel Erickson
Sep 22, 2003 5:44 AM
I started building my own bikes in 1972. Every bike I've owned since then has had the hoods angled inward. It gives me a more natural and comfortable position. When setting up a new bike I usually tighten the levers on the bar enough to grab but not so tight that I can't move them. I then ride around for 15-20 minutes and adjust them for the most comfortable position. Afterwards I tighten them down and wrap the bar. I have absolutely no problem braking from the drops (or shifting for that matter).
..and also jacking 'em upcyclopathic
Sep 22, 2003 8:27 AM
done it for long time. Keeping wrist straight fixed wrist pain on long rides. Comp to my set up you're too conservative :)
re: Rotating Hoods InwardTrux
Sep 22, 2003 10:13 AM
Started to releive wrist pain. Been riding with mine like that for years
i do it._rt_
Sep 22, 2003 12:56 PM
it's more comfortable & i find it easier reach the levers from the drops as well.

Crashed a few months back...rrjc5488
Sep 22, 2003 3:59 PM
and my right shifter bent inwards itself, I love it! It feels more natural. go for it!