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riding with forearms on top of bars

Old 08-03-06, 09:51 AM
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riding with forearms on top of bars

anyone ride like this? i've been working on it, and although it's a bit strange at first, i think i like it. my cadence seems to pick up when i get into position and it feels pretty good although not exactly the most stable position. anyone have an tips on riding in this position.

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[edit] one big problem i have is sweat on my forearms making the contact area slick.
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Old 08-03-06, 09:55 AM
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I have tried it. Did not feel very comfortabe or have much control of the bike.
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Old 08-03-06, 09:58 AM
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I can't even flex that low....
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Old 08-03-06, 10:09 AM
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I do it all of the time and have found that at first it felt really weird, like I didn't have too much control. But as with most things in cycling just practice and it will become easier/more natural. I like to cup my hands together when I am doing it. I find that helps with stability.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:14 AM
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Its like aerobars without the aerobars. I found myself doing this before buying a real set of aerobars, the pads on the new bars are much more comfortable and I can control the bike now. The method you show looks good for open roads with no need to swerve or stop.
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Every now and then I do this, but I do not find it to be super comfortable. I think that it would be a lot easier if you have some handelbars that are flat in the area where you rest your forearms, I don't which is why it is not that comfortable
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Old 08-03-06, 10:16 AM
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Well, he should've picked his tri-bike...hah.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:16 AM
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I've tried it, and it's not too bad, but I keep sliding forward - especially if my arms are sweaty. It took a bit to not freak out going over bumps in the road.
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Originally Posted by ranger5oh
The method you show looks good for open roads with no need to swerve or stop.
definitely for an open road. i just wish i didn't feel like i was slipping off the bars. it's totally due to sweat. maybe i should either wear a couple of sweat bands (which might get really nasty) or attach them to the tops of the bars. just to get a little texture where my arms rest. what you do you guys think?
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Old 08-03-06, 10:19 AM
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I try this every now and then when my wrists or palms are feeling a little numb/tired.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:20 AM
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tried it once, about fell forward and into my wheel, thanks to all the sweat and slippery contact. Haven't tried it since
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Only when headwinds becomes unbearable.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
definitely for an open road. i just wish i didn't feel like i was slipping off the bars. it's totally due to sweat. maybe i should either wear a couple of sweat bands (which might get really nasty) or attach them to the tops of the bars. just to get a little texture where my arms rest. what you do you guys think?
How about some sleeves for your forearms made of the same kind of bumpy rubber that jar-openers are made from?
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Old 08-03-06, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Cromulent
How about some sleeves for your forearms made of the same kind of bumpy rubber that jar-openers are made from?
ewwwww!! imagine that in the summer heat. so gross.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:29 AM
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That position is great in a headwind.. I also do one where you put your wrists (or the very bottom of your palm) on top of the hoods, and kind of drop your forearms down to be parallel to the ground.. it adds a bit of control, but makes you a bit "wider" for the wind.
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i've tried it and didn't lie it - too uncomfortable. Tried it again, on sunday, out of curiousity, and it felt better, but like everyone else (and DZ in the pic) i was sitting on the nose of the saddle, and didn't tryy and go any faster than 33-34 kp/h due to lack of control.

if someone did that in the front of a field/paceline, i'd probably go apesheeyat on them

btw - after Flandis's stage 17 i saw tons of folk trying it out on my training rides. wonder how many crahsed. iirc somebody on BF.net did
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Old 08-03-06, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by botto

btw - after Flandis's stage 17 i saw tons of folk trying it out on my training rides. wonder how many crahsed. iirc somebody on BF.net did
haha. that's funny. i want to state for the record, that's not where i got the idea from. i started trying it out myself when i noticed this guy in races (locally) would always break away, get in this position, and maintain a huge gap. i figured it was worth experimenting with.
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Old 08-03-06, 10:56 AM
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I can get almost as low and narrow if you grab the bars right next to the stem. And you have a lot more control. Or you can rest your hands on the tops of the brifters with your forearms on the ramps. That's nice and low but not so narrow. It's all a tradeoff.

If you do try to do it like in the picture (and you have Shimano), be careful not to catch your watch on the cable when you sit up. Trust me on this one....
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Old 08-03-06, 11:08 AM
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Yah...it's called, buy clip-on aerobars!
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Originally Posted by Cypress
Only when headwinds becomes unbearable.
Same here. It's OK for awhile, but I wouldn't want to do it for long distances. If you use bar phat, it's significantly more comfortable.
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Old 08-03-06, 11:18 AM
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Yah...it's called, buy clip-on aerobars!
But since you can't have them in mass start races you don't.

I have used this and as Cypress says it is great into a head wind. My issue with this TT position is that I come forward and feel like I need my saddle to be higher. It really is much more aero than just being in the drops.
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Not for me. I subscribe to the thumb hooked around the bar method. I am too chicken to risk a loss of control because of a stone I don't see.
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Old 08-03-06, 11:21 AM
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I do it almost every time I ride. Like it has been stated it is like having aerobars, but aerobars are not legal in road racing. Sometimes I do it when at the front of the paceline which does not leave a lot of drafting advantages for the persons behind. It also helps when on a solo or in a headwind.
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Old 08-03-06, 11:37 AM
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I used to do this before I got my road bike... i liked the position and had gotten so used to it I got aero bars like 3 days after I got my bike. 'tis wonderful
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Originally Posted by DLH
Sometimes I do it when at the front of the paceline which does not leave a lot of drafting advantages for the persons behind.
One reason to avoid a group ride in Tallahassee
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