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Old 03-22-13, 04:15 PM   #1
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Drops

When out on a regular ride by yourself(Im not sure what that means either) what percentage of the time do you use the drops?I noticed on my extended winter rides I'm not using them at all now.In the warm months I use them.
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Old 03-22-13, 04:22 PM   #2
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My Drop bar/Derailleur bikes stay in the house 3/4 of the year , since I got My Trekking Bar ,
IGH Bike..

the drops function, my bending overmore.. is the Far reach on the figure 8 bend, with a little elbow
bend.


the bikes that have drop bars, the gear shift lever is on the open end of it.
so I do hold onto the drop end while im shifting,
that is the whole point of having the levers down there on the widest part of the bars..

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Old 03-22-13, 05:04 PM   #3
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About 3%, warm or cold.
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Old 03-22-13, 05:14 PM   #4
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I use the drops about 20% of the time. I typically use them when I'm pulling, when I need a temporary change of position, and often going downhill. The percentage is a little more on flat terrain events, maybe a little less in the mountains. I don't think there is any hard and fast rule. But you should occasionally use the drops if for nothing more than a temporary change of position.

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Only if I'm riding into a significant headwind. I can ride about 1/2 gear faster in the drops.
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Old 03-22-13, 05:38 PM   #6
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There's better steering control and more braking power when I'm in the drops, along with (of course) better aerodynamics. I haven't used them a lot previously but I'm starting to use them more. On really rough surfaces and going fast into corners, riding in the drops feels more secure.

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Depends on conditions. I would hazard to guess about 20 to 30% of the time.
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Old 03-22-13, 06:24 PM   #8
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There's better steering control and more braking power when I'm in the drops, along with (of course) better aerodynamics. I haven't used them a lot previously but I'm starting to use them more. On really rough surfaces and going fast into corners, riding in the drops feels more secure.
I use mine on downhills and occasionally for a position change.

But I pull out of them pretty quickly and go back on the hoods when I see something coming up that may require some maneuvering -- I find it quite the opposite --- I feel I have better control and braking power when I'm on the hoods. Actually the drops feel far less stable to me.
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I use the drops 100%of the time. Some times I'm on the top of the drops, sometimes on the bottom, often in-between. That's the point of drops.
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Not that much.


When Pulling.
Going into the wind on longer flat sections.
On longer rides where I need a change in positions.
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I once went to a Women's Bike Night and the question of time spent in the drops arose. I said, "About 95% of my time riding is in the drops." There was a audible gasp from the group. The speaker said I needed to have my fit adjusted. I did. Now, I ride about 50% of my time there because I like being there.
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A mistake often made (especially here on BF) is people feeling the need to flip the stem and remove spacers because it looks more aggressive. A proper bike fit takes into account the flexibility of the rider and adjusts the bars so that the whole bar can be used effectively. Your physical limits shouldn't preclude using the drops.
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Old 03-22-13, 07:44 PM   #13
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Get an 80s vintage touring or road bike, with small hard rubber hoods, and you'll be in the drops 95% of the time.
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Old 03-22-13, 07:55 PM   #14
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Old 03-22-13, 08:02 PM   #15
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Zero. After my last accident even on my beater bike I've raised the handlebars about 3" and it still isn't enough. If I try to ride it more than to the hardware store I get terrible neck and upper back aches.

Fortunately, my recumbents still work for me.
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Old 03-22-13, 08:30 PM   #16
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What is this 'drops' thing spoken of here?


Apparently, in a previous lifetime, not all the time in the drops.
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1. In nasty headwinds.
2. Fast descents.
3. Sometimes when standing on steep, short climbs.
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Not all drop bars are the same. Some are short others are deep. Depends on how your bike is fit to you too.

Drops are great when going > 25mph or when headwinds are > 20mph.
Also good when there are low-hanging tree branches over the bike lane.
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Old 03-22-13, 09:05 PM   #19
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I'm fitted to the drops on all of my bikes - as everyone should be who has drop handlebars. If you're not using them, there is no reason to have them to begin with.
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I use the drops on my road bike on downhills, while pulling into headwinds and for an occasional change of position. Maybe 15-20% of my riding time. I'm probably a little less likely to use them in late winter and early spring when I ride less and am thus less limber. I use the drops a bit more often, maybe 30-35%, on the dirt road bike as the drops are more secure when going over rough sections. That bike also has the bars mounted a little higher to make the drop position more comfortable.
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A mistake often made (especially here on BF) is people feeling the need to flip the stem and remove spacers because it looks more aggressive. A proper bike fit takes into account the flexibility of the rider and adjusts the bars so that the whole bar can be used effectively. Your physical limits shouldn't preclude using the drops.
When I first got a road bike I could not even get into the drops after 16 years of MTB's. I followed the usual lines of raising the bars to ease the back but I had to train myself to get into the drops and it still was not comfortable. 2nd bike and the shop set it up with the bars way low but they could adjust after the first ride. Went back to the shop and "What Needs Adjusting?" Nothing was my reply- that low stretched out position worked for me and still does.

But the drops are rarely used by me and I ride on the hoods most of the time. Drop position is used going downhill-into a headwind and on the rare occasions when I wish to gain speed. Anywhere that the Aero position would be needed. Could be 10% of the ride on a bad day. Or 5% on a good one.
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A mistake often made (especially here on BF) is people feeling the need to flip the stem and remove spacers because it looks more aggressive. A proper bike fit takes into account the flexibility of the rider and adjusts the bars so that the whole bar can be used effectively. Your physical limits shouldn't preclude using the drops.
+1

My lbs regularly astonishes people new to road bikes and long time riders as to how comfortable you can be with drops - even if you have mobility issues - if you are riding a correctly sized and fitted bike with the appropriate bar.

If the fit's right then the vast majority of riders will have a full range of access to the drops.

Consider a compact road bar if you haven't already:

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I wish that I had the capability of putting my drops at the present level of my top bar. Then I could adjust things and get them as perfect as possible. I take yoga and I have developed enough flexibility that I can place both palms flat on the floor while standing with my knees straight. So I am pretty flexible. But when I go into the drops I feel extra pressure on my hands and the seat puts pressure in or on parts that I prefer not to have pressure on.

I am a weak rider and my thinking is that if I am pedaling that I need to be in the drops so that I can benefit from the decrease in wind resistance. I like changing position for comfort. If I am going slow I don't use the drops. If I am going fast I like the drops. I am a weak rider. I go slow much more than I go fast so I am not in the drops all that much. Maybe 5% of the time.

One day I will get my fit perfect and I will be a 50/50 rider.
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My fingers are short and can't reach the brakes when in the drops.
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Some brake levers have reach adjustment devices. Ask your lbs. If they don't know, then go to a better one.

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