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Old 03-01-21, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post

From the drops, you fingers will be lower on the levers, which means that you need much less force/effort for the same braking power. You'd also have your thumbs hooked in a position where it'd be much more difficult for a bump to jolt your hand(s) upwards and make you completely lose your grip, unlike on the hoods. In groups, riding in the drops will also decrease the likelihood of your bars getting hooked by another rider (though I guess if you don't have drops, they can't get hooked).
I agree on all counts. Drops is safer but with the type of riding I do and the worst I could possibly encounter in group rides, the hoods is more than safe enough for me and I see most riders in groups spend most of their time in the hoods anyway.

Not to emulate bad riding habits but at least to know how much I'm going to be tolerated in groups.
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