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TT position on road bikenorm
Oct 29, 2001 11:59 AM
I've noticed during races that certain riders who are at the head of a paceline would lean on the tops of their bars w/their forearms and grab the STI deraileur cables for steering. This is done to mimic the TT aero position, but without the actual TT bars. I've seen this in pro races.

I've never done this during a race myself, but have done it on training rides. I guess this is the same effect as having TT bars,only you can only do this for shorter time before tiring. Some racers believe this practice to be quite dangerous, since you don't have stability. I've found this position to be no more dangerous than riding with no hands...maybe even more stable, since you have the benefit of grabbing the deraileur cables for more stablity/control. There are circumstances where I would NOT do this...rough roads, corners, big packs, but otherwise if you're in a break or trying to break away and you're single file....why not?
re: TT position on road bikeJB
Oct 29, 2001 12:28 PM
I've done something similar myself. I've never hear of holding the cables, but I'm going to try it the next time I go out.

The way I do it is to put my hands together (kind of like a praying posture) ahead of me and steer with my forearms. For me this is too unstable when in a pack, but on break aways I definitely would us it. The one advantage that aerobars do give you is the ability to pull up and stabilize yourself while pushing hard. The no-bars aero takes a lot more finesse. But its a great technique.

I've found that when at the front of a peleton, if you pull your hands in close to the stem, tuck your elbows near you body and hunker over a little bite, that its a little more aero than just sitting up normally. It gives a little more stability, but still little more saving on the wind.

Do you have anymore special riding techniques?
re: TT position on road bikebrider
Oct 29, 2001 1:24 PM
Scott marketed add-on drop position bars that were mounted inside the normal drops. This provided a very aero position (narrow and low), while having good stability and reaction, minus braking, of course. These were USCF legal, whereas the Spinaci's (which are available in several different brands now) were not legal (a "forward facing" bar add-on). Possibly some nationalistic snobbery at work here. Note that the USCF refs at any particular race can DQ you for riding with your forearms on the bar tops (depends on how far the stick is shoved up their rears). Although on most road race breakaways, the refs are going to be in the follow car behind the main pack. Consider yourself warned.