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The Evolution of Professional Road Bike Positioning

Old 10-03-19, 06:35 AM
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The Evolution of Professional Road Bike Positioning

https://bikeretrogrouch.blogspot.com...positions.html

The author argues that handlebar position among pros these days, is typically much lower now than in times past, resulting in less time spent in the drops.





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https://ruedatropical.wordpress.com/...i-to-contador/

Makes sense, there's not as much reason to be in the drops if one has shifting and braking from the hoods. As well as more emphasis on being aero (flat forearms), frame design considerations, and other things we don't know if we're not professional racers.
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I have become a big fan lately of riding in the drops nearly all the time, unless I'm climbing. To do this, I've increased my ideal frame size from 55 cm to around 57 cm.

The drops are really the safest place to be, I always go into them immediately if I'm approaching a sketchy traffic situation (like someone deciding whether to pull out onto the roadway). I would hate to go over the bars while holding onto on the tops or hoods, because there's a much greater chance of injury if you throw your arms out, instead of staying in the drops and tucking, rolling and staying compact.
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This is very interesting how things have changed over time and what we perceive today as the best position for riding.
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