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    Correct Hand Placement

    I ride Nitto b123's. I find my hands are mostly on stem and shoulders, but regularly use the drops. It's the first time I've used non-flat/riser bars, so I'm really happy that I've made the conversion.

    I want to ask if people think there's correct hand placement whilst in the drops? I tend to have my hands near the front of the bar, on the curve - this feels good and stable. It feels great, so I'm assuming it's fine, but there's a hell of a lot of bar left towards the rear (the flat part). What's that bit for?

    Hope it makes sense.
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    If it works for you, then it is correct. The great virtue of drops is that they allow for a variety of hand positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barba
    If it works for you, then it is correct. The great virtue of drops is that they allow for a variety of hand positions.
    Another great virtue is that it's on 99% of peoples track bikes without hardly ever being used.
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    when i'm cruising and want to be low, i'm on the flatter part of my drops. when i'm exerting a bit more, i grab closer to the curve - feels more solid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetbike
    I tend to have my hands near the front of the bar, on the curve - this feels good and stable.
    that's exactly where a former olympic track cyclist told me to put my hands the first time I rode a track

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    Do you generally like the bars? Comfy when you're hand is on the outside top part where it starts to curve? Wide enough? I think I'm going to go B123 or B125 route, they are dead sexy and I'm used to having my hands on the curves of my flip n clip road bars.

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    127's i think i currently have on are like 123's except with a flat part on the curve where you describe putting your hands i find them mad cool for comfort. thats all that really is important to me
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    If I am just cruising around, I generally hold on to the tops of the bars, but I utilize the drops when I am going for speed, which is generally only in downtown settings, which i don't run into much in this town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andre nickatina
    Do you generally like the bars? Comfy when you're hand is on the outside top part where it starts to curve? Wide enough? I think I'm going to go B123 or B125 route, they are dead sexy and I'm used to having my hands on the curves of my flip n clip road bars.
    Love the bars. I got them because i wanted to try something new, but secretly suspected i'd go back to risers pretty soon, for comfort. That hasn't happened and I don't see it happening any-time soon. Although I'm curious about bull-horns.

    I really like the different hand positions and the shoulders are plenty big enough to ride on. The drops are great for quick starts. I have a long stem, so getting in the drops for climbing is great - really puts you on the front wheel.

    I'd give 'em a four cos I can dance to 'em.
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    Why are track bars made so curvy on the tops anyway? Besides looking sexy that is...

    I mean, obviously if you're on the track, you're going to be in the drops. But cruising around town, if you ride the tops but with your hands away from the stem, your wrists just curve outwards more.

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    because otherwise when you'd be riding on the track in the drops your monster arms would bump the tops all da time

    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
    Why are track bars made so curvy on the tops anyway? Besides looking sexy that is...

    I mean, obviously if you're on the track, you're going to be in the drops. But cruising around town, if you ride the tops but with your hands away from the stem, your wrists just curve outwards more.

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