Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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Is there a difference in the way the muscles are used when you standup riding on the pedals or are in the drops or hoods on the road? Yes
When you get up on the saddle and do not hold on to the handle bars I find I can drive the pedals more then with sitting in the areo position. Also my HR goes up a few beats per minute and my cadence tends to get faster.
It all depends on what you are doing, for fitness, cardio only it should not matter. For base miles, patricular training, etc yes it does because you train particular muscles a particular way.
Why use a bike on a trainer if you want to sit up and ride... just get a stationary bike...
(Of course all this is just MY opinion... others may vary)
Just your average club rider... :)