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Where are your hands?

Old 09-05-06, 03:20 PM
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Where are your hands?

I think I may have figured out why my reach feels so extended.

Going to my earlier post, I was wondering how short folks' stems were.

Again, the frame seems to fit me fine, but I was entertaining a 70mm stem down from the oem 100mm.

Anyway, how do you folks typically position your hands when you ride?

I've recently upgraded to STI (I know, I know, I'm old school) but up to then I had my shifters on my downtube. So when I rode, I normally had my hands on the cross bar of the handlebar or on the top sides of the handlebar. I would only reach forward to brake and didn't normally ride on the hoods.

Well, with the advent of STI (I upgraded my older bike to STI and bought a new one with '06 Ultegra) I now find I do all my riding up on the hoods. This makes logical sense since all my riding as of late is almost always in urban areas or paved forest preserves with other folks and cyclists, and this requires constant shifting and braking and shifting. So, now, my hand position is truly farther forward than normal.

Thus, if you normally ride on the cross bar or top sides of your bars (i.e. right behind but off the hoods) then your reach isn't as far forward as mine would necessitate. I developed a liking to always riding on the hoods. Also, over the years, frame sizing has remained traditional - either C-T or C-C. However, shifting hardware has changed such that we are now required to reach farther forward. Hence, that's why my modern day Litespeed w/ STI feels much larger than my 1990 era Trek 1400 with downtube shifters, even though they are basically the same size. EUREKA!!! So, how do you folks normally position your hands?

(I do apologize if this has been brought up a few times in the last decade, but I have just recently returned to the land of the living - i.e. I grew up a mountian biker.)
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Where are my hands? Usually in my pockets!
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When I had downtube shifters, I mostly rode with my hands on the brake hoods or on the drops. I only used the tops when climbing (seated). I use the same hand positions with STI shifters. Most of the people I see with their hands on the tops when riding around town have poorly fitting bikes and/or a bad riding position.
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Originally Posted by msheron
Where are my hands? Usually in my pockets!

^^ What he said!
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I switched to a shorter stem and now can ride comfortably on the hoods and in the drops for much longer. Hand numbness has gone bye bye.
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I was whining about my neck a few weeks back, then discovered if I reach for the hoods rather than rest my hands on the curve of the bars like I've always done, the neck pain goes away. weird.
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I alternate between the being partially on the hoods and fully on the hoods.
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attached to my wrists...
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On the ther hand, there were four fingers and a thumb.

I usually ride on the hoods.
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