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    For long climbs out of saddle on the hood or drop?

    For longer climbs, I found climbing out of saddle on the hood to be a more comfortable and easier to catch my breath.

    A good practice? Put too much weight on the hood / front wheel?

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    It worked for Pantani.

    If it works for you, do it.

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    On the hoods allows your to open your chest better, but do what is most comfortable for you. You're not in le Tour, so comfort wins.
    Meh.

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    For long climbs I hold onto the flat part of the bars, lock my arms and rotate my pelvis back like I am doing leg presses. This technique saves me energy for other aspects of the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    It worked for Pantani.
    He climbed in the drops. So do I. It just feels better. I feel like I can put more power in the pedals, though it's all probably mental.
    Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all the heavenly glory. Do you understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number400 View Post
    For long climbs I hold onto the flat part of the bars, lock my arms and rotate my pelvis back like I am doing leg presses. This technique saves me energy for other aspects of the ride.
    That's while seated, right? I think OP's question is, on long climbs, when out of the saddle, do you prefer to use the hoods or the drops? Maybe I'm mistaken.

    For me, the hoods are much more comfortable, during standing climbs. I occasionally try the Pantani approach, but it is very uncomfortable. Perhaps it is because I'm tall-ish and have a large saddle-handlebar vertical drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickgm60 View Post
    I think OP's question is, on long climbs, when out of the saddle, do you prefer to use the hoods or the drops?
    That's what I thought too when I read the title, but then it seemed like a different question when I read the OP, so, I didn't answer at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
    He climbed in the drops. So do I. It just feels better. I feel like I can put more power in the pedals, though it's all probably mental.
    Probably depends on fit too.

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    Back killer. I made the mistake of doing a nine mile climb in the drops. It but me in a position that really messed up my back for a few days. Since climbing is such an aerobic thing, most riders find it nicer to be on the tops or hoods. Most people are not doing velodrome sprints up the hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
    Probably depends on fit too.
    Well my drops are 8 inches below my saddle. Nowadays, some riders tops are approaching that.
    Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all the heavenly glory. Do you understand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
    Probably depends on fit too.
    I was going to say - some bikes I ride in the drops more in general, and some have a deeper drop, so it makes more of a difference. I find my body tells me when it's a good idea or not.

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    In the climbs you're not going to be going that fast so unless you are opening up your jersey and creating more drag, there's no need to be concerned about drops or hoods or anything else, just ride what makes you most comfortable using.

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