I have only been riding a rode bike for about a month now. Before that, I was on a comfort bike. I have a new Trek Pilot. Up until last week, my fastest speed was 28 mph on a flat stretch in the drops. This past week, I did something really stupid! I climbed a fairly large paved hill in my sub-division and then started back down. Instead of placing my hands on the hoods so that I could reach the brakes, I placed my hands on the top of my drop bars. Big Mistake! Before I knew it, I was doing 37 mph and the bike was getting very unstable. I had a very difficult time controlling the front end. It was shaking badly. I have been told that probably there is nothing loose in my fork/headset, but that by holding on at the tops, I had very little control of the bike. I was also told, that a very small movement on the top could translate to a large movement on the bike.
I am now afraid to go down steep hills. I know I will never go down hills w/o my hands on the hoods in case I need to break, but do you think if I hold on to the hoods next time, my bike will be much more stable at 35+ mph?