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sprinting in the dropsishmael
Apr 21, 2002 8:20 AM
do you change gears while out of the saddle and in the drops or by the time youre in that position are you in the gear you want..i cant seem to change gears while out/saddle and in/drops...i can just get to the lever but the thumby button is too high and is dangerously awkward to get to, maybe its a campy thing...i can stand and change gears while on the hoods but otherwise i have to sit which messes up the rythem(sp)...anyone sprint from the bout telling me how you sprint, i imagine i skip up a couple gears(hard to control when in the moment) i do this while seated and then get out of the many gears do you go up for the sprint if you are pedaling at about 90rpms already and its flat....i dont have a computer and dont want one so im trying to get a consensis(sp)
re: sprinting in the dropsJohnG
Apr 21, 2002 6:13 PM
I'm sure there are other experienced folks here to answer but here's how a newbie does it with Ergo shifters.

When I'm just about spun-out while seated I'll flick the thumbie button to a higher gear and simultaneously stand for the "big" sprint. ;)

I agree, it is difficult to do a thumb shift while doing a standing sprint from the drops. If you do find yourself in a standing sprint (while on the drops) and need a larger gear, then just drop your torso down a bit so that you can get to the thumbie button. With a little practice this should be pretty fast.

I think it's generally considered very bad form (dangerous..... as in too easy to hit the brakes) to do a finish-line sprint from the hoods.

Apr 21, 2002 9:00 PM
I have Campy and small hands and I don't have a problem reaching the thumb lever while in the drops and out of the saddle. Maybe because I only do it when I'm desperate and we all do heroic things at times like that...
Apr 22, 2002 4:32 AM
I have Campy and *very* small hands. I don't like STI because I can't reach the outer lever to shift without braking. I think the Ergo upshift issue isn not so much a dexterity thing as a flexibility thing. I never have trouble reaching the thumb lever from the drops, which is where I permanently reside in any crit; climbing, sprinting or otherwise. But I also have many degrees of rotation in my thumb joints; I was one of those freaks in grade school who could partially dislocate them on demand to gross out all my friends.

One of my racing friends sticks with STI despite being on a Campy equipped squad. He likes the Campy brand and durability, but it's basically impossible for him to reach the Ergo thumb lever in any position except from the hoods. He doesn't have particularly small hands, but he has kind of "tight" webbing between the thumb and forefinger, so he doesn't have much flexibility.
re: sprinting in the dropsbrider
Apr 22, 2002 11:02 AM
Actually, I have STI and never had a problem shifting in the drops. The difference is that I use the 8-bend bars (you might want to switch to these or a "crit" bend), which allows me to put my hands closer to the shift levers without the dreaded forearm pinch on the tops. And, BTW, the only time you'd be sprinting on the hoods is going uphill. Also, you'll find that you'll be faster spinning up while seated.