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Is there any shame in riding the top bar?

Old 06-16-24, 12:01 PM
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Is there any shame in riding the top bar?

Being new to drop bars I have been glancing at other riders to see their hand placement. While not scientific, I have noticed a trend of those riding the top bar to drop to the hoods if they catch my glance.

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No.

Maybe when they see you coming, theyíre dropping into a ready to brake position.

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Old 06-16-24, 12:08 PM
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What in God's name are you talking about?

I thought you were new to drop bars?

And the idea that anyone gives a damn what you think of their riding position is a weird form of ego-centrism.

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Edited. Meant coming from flat bars to drop bars

most common position I see is slightly down from hoods, then hoods

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my hands are on the top of the bars, above the hoods, lets say 80 + percent of the time

you do you

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I can barely reach the drops
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Yes, real cyclists donít even have handlebars.
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The only shame is sitting on the couch and not riding. As long at they're turning the pedals, that's all that matters.
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Originally Posted by MikeDeason
Being new to drop bars I have been glancing at other riders to see their hand placement. While not scientific, I have noticed a trend of those riding the top bar to drop to the hoods if they catch my glance.
How does one 'drop to the hoods'? The hoods are on the top of the bar.
Do you just mean they are riding the tops and then shift their hands to the hoods?



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Thatís gonna be a ďNoĒ from me, dawg.

Mostly on the hoods, cause thatís where the controls are; Ramps for easing up or stretching out; Hooks or drops if itís really time to start getting after it in a climb or headwind.

I rarely use tops anymore since I donít really ride either 70s style almost-too-long ďFrench FitĒ bikes anymore, or climb in a sit-up-and-spin granny gear.

Just this bike, because thatís where the aero bar is:
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Old 06-16-24, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
I haven't figured out what your old screen name was, but am convinced you've posted here for years.
I almost posted sock puppet a couple of days ago.
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Well they move forward to hoods if you prefer. The body drops lower.
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No shame. You might perhaps get numb hands quicker on the ride. That hand position for me was notorious about letting my wrist become bent back all the way. Straight wrist helps keep numbness at bay. Though there are other things that contribute. You take care of all of them and you'll be good for that Century ride.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
What in God's name are you talking about?

I thought you were new to drop bars?

And the idea that anyone gives a damn what you think of their riding position is a weird form of ego-centrism.

There is no award for the person who starts the most threads on bf, in case you are wondering.
This seems astonishingly hard to grasp. I'm curious to see how he'll turn this lame thread into a fight.
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Originally Posted by MikeDeason
Well they move forward to hoods if you prefer. The body drops lower.
No they don't.
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Originally Posted by MikeDeason
Being new to drop bars I have been glancing at other riders to see their hand placement. While not scientific, I have noticed a trend of those riding the top bar to drop to the hoods if they catch my glance.
Perhaps you ride erratically and they're sensing they might need to brake?
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Why is no one ashamed to create threads like this?
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
Why is no one ashamed to create threads like this?
Most of us would be.
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Originally Posted by MikeDeason
I have noticed a trend of those riding the top bar to drop to the hoods if they catch my glance.
I always do that if I catch the glance of a young, attractive female cyclist. Are you a young, attractive female rider?
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I gave up caring what other people think many years ago.

If it works, if it's comfortable, if it doesn't harm you or anyone else...do it.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
No shame. You might perhaps get numb hands quicker on the ride. That hand position for me was notorious about letting my wrist become bent back all the way. Straight wrist helps keep numbness at bay. Though there are other things that contribute. You take care of all of them and you'll be good for that Century ride.
When I ride on the tops (which is rare), I put my thumbs over the top of the bar because it's more comfortable on my wrists. It has occurred to me that when I do this, I'm not really holding the bars, so an unexpected bump might dislodge my hands from the bars, resulting in a crash. Riding on the road, that's probably a small risk, but I've wondered if others also do this rather than grasping he bars with thumbs going under rather than on top. Unlike the OP, I haven't really noticed what others are doing.
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not riding in the drops offends aerodynamics principles
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They're thinking, "Why is that guy staring at me instead of scanning the road ahead? Better get into a more stable position in case they go down near me, even though my back is aching."
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Originally Posted by MikeDeason
Being new to drop bars I have been glancing at other riders to see their hand placement. While not scientific, I have noticed a trend of those riding the top bar to drop to the hoods if they catch my glance.
there is no shame in any riding position whatsoever. but if you want to go fast, you want to be lower. thus the other possible positions...

i rarely use the tops, sometimes for a few minutes on a slow climb, sometimes to just stretch out for a minute at an easy roll. i can't say i've ever felt shameful or anyone giving even a fraction of two cents about it, if i thought about it i'd think that people who saw me taking it easy on the tops would think "that guy is enjoying the ride and taking it easy" or maybe "he must have just hammered that last hill..."

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  • Hoods
    • most of the time
  • Drops
    • when I want to lower my frontal area and am hammering away in the zone
  • Tops
    • when I am taking a drink
    • eating
    • checking messages or changing the playlist
    • have been riding for a while and need to mix up the hand position
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