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Old 03-16-15, 04:26 PM
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Where do you ride on the (drop) bars**********

Do you ride on the top, hoods or the drops???
What is your favorite positions????
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Rarely the 'top', never on the hoods, and 50/50 at the forward bend (between traditional 'top' and 'hood' positions) or on the drops.

Even the drops can be further split between forward or at the rear since I use bar-end shifters.
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I like the hoods, but some of the old hoods aren't very comfortable
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I spend 50% on the tops and 50% on the hoods. I only go to the drops when I am seriously trying to get some speed.
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Peugeot -- mostly hoods, because of the long top tube.
Bianchi and Capo -- about equally distributed among hoods, forward bend under brake handles, and bottom horizontals.
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I've been playing with my bar positioning a bit lately. My latest setup is to have the flats of the drop almost parallel to the ground. For me this makes the drop seem shallower and more comfortable. I tend to stick to the drops, but if I'm not going very fast I move to the tops or hoods. When in the drops I like have my hands positioned so that I can reach with my fingers and brake if needed. When climbing my hands go right to the tops, I usually don't need to brake when climbing.
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90-95% in the drops, the rest spread between tops, just behind the hoods, and on the hoods.

Whoops, forgot to add enough frantic punctuation to match the OP -- !!!!!!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott
90-95% in the drops, the rest spread between tops, just behind the hoods, and on the hoods.

Whoops, forgot to add enough frantic punctuation to match the OP -- !!!!!!
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Used to be drops, 95% of the time.
Now, it's more like 85%, because I need to lose weight.

What is my favorite position?
I'm 56, so just about anything I can recover from.
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Usually on the top somewhere or the hoods. Where ever you ride always make sure your thumbs wrap around the bar that is why they are opposable, well that and holding a fork
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Mostly on the hoods or more likely just behind them in these older stiffer days. Tops when climbing steep hills, drops in a stiff headwind or during the fun of a long fast downhill.
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About 50% hoods, 25% tops or ramps, 25% drops (hooks actually).

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Depends on the time of year. Later in the spring conditioning when rides get faster, I'll be in the drops almost all the time except when "coming up for air" to stretch.
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Cruising = Behind the hoods
Climbing = Hoods
Descending / Headwind = Drops
Blown = Flats
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Usually down on the drops or somewhere in the middle of the curve. Up on top when I'm just cruising
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Mostly on the hoods. On the tops riding with my wife. Drops riding into the wind.
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Originally Posted by BluesDaddy
Cruising = Behind the hoods
Climbing = Hoods
Descending / Headwind = Drops
Blown = Flats
Yep. That's about it right there, except I'd add Random, Purposeless Sprints in the "drops" section.
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Depends on the wind.
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90% on the hoods, 8% on the corners or ramps, that last 2% is headwinds. I have a bad back so riding in the drops is a last resort.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Used to be drops, 95% of the time.
Now, it's more like 85%, because I need to lose weight.

What is my favorite position?
I'm 56, so just about anything I can recover from.
But you just LOST weight.
I ride mostly in the hoods, but go to the drops quite often for a change of pace, wind or no wind. I use the tops only if I'm really tired.
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Center of the "tops" when climbing, getting upright to use the glutes to power up a slow paced climb. Outside (round part) of the tops when standing on a climb. In the drops when in a tough or sustained upwind or on a fast long downhill/downwind. On the hoods when in a mild climb where the wind isn't a factor, or in a group where I'm not off the front. Also I get on the hoods when I need control, such as on steep descents or heading into corners. Mix it up whenever the mood strikes me.
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75% Drops
20% tops
5% hoods

Until last week when I accidentally bought my first brifterized bike, since then its 80% hoods. But the bike is so small the drops are just too low for me. I'll probably parting it out tomorrow and sticking the brifters in the parts bin for a future project.
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Originally Posted by Chuckk
Used to ride on the tops 90% of the time and hoods 10%.
Since I started using brifters, it's more like 80% on the hoods, and 20% on the tops.
Only time I go to the drops is into a serious headwind.
Same here.

Although any sketchy wind will cause me to go to the drops. And... last season I got another new bike and [when riding it] am kind of comfortable in the drops. And have went to the drops on occasion just to get speed.
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I've got bar-end shifters and I have my seat position dialed in for comfort in the drops, so I do 90% drops and 8% tops, 2% upright without holding the bars at all.
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I was surprised so many are climbing on the tops, which I do myself much of the time.

I divide my time between all four positions, maybe less on the hoods though.
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