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How often do you ride on the tops...?

Old 11-03-10, 01:34 PM
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How often do you ride on the tops...?

I'm curious.

I spend less than 10 % of my saddle time in the tops, and probably less than 5 %. It isn't wind resistance - I can do 20 mph this way - but the brakes feel a bit far. It's not like aeros, but, still, the bar tops don't seem that useful for urban riding. A stretch or change of back and shoulder position is nice every now and then, but only seems to happen going up moderate hills. What about you?
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Old 11-03-10, 01:38 PM
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I'm curious.
When wanting to be more vertical to drink or because I was silly enough to ride a back pack that's putting extra weight on my hands.
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Old 11-03-10, 01:40 PM
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When I've gone out of the city in seek of climbing mountains, like 800'+ climbs at 6-8%+ grades.

Pointless for urban, you're right.
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I hate the tops. I prefer drops over hoods also, for the most part.
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Originally Posted by Menel View Post
When I've gone out of the city in seek of climbing mountains, like 800'+ climbs at 6-8%+ grades.

Pointless for urban, you're right.
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Old 11-03-10, 01:44 PM
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During a regular ride, I only use the tops during climbs when I want to switch hand positions or be in a more upright position.

If I'm riding with some slower people or the pace is slow, I may ride on the tops just for comfort.
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Today I was on the hoods almost all morning, except when I was pulling.
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depends
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Far too much IMO but then again I have yet to find a bar that is actually comfortable in the drops.
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when slow paced or climbing
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I probably spend 75% or more on the tops/hoods. Of course I am fat and out of shape.
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I ride on the hoods 90%, which according to some research I have seen is the norm when not racing. If you watch one one of the big tours you will notice that the pros are riding on the hood the majority of the time.
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
I probably spend 75% or more on the tops/hoods. Of course I am fat and out of shape.
Me too
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For me tops would be riding on my aeorbar pads, which I do when I'm lazy and dicking around, and sometimes climbing, but fairly rare.
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50/50 on the hoods or corners. Rarely on the tops and drops.
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Quite a bit. I tend to warm up and cool off in the tops. I use them occasionally on hills, but rarely: We don't really have "climbs" here and the "climbs" we have are often accompanied by 15 and 20mph head winds (really the head wind is the climb).
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
50/50 on the hoods or corners. Rarely on the tops and drops.
The corners are my goto spot. Most comfortable on every bike I have, I think because of the way it rotates my wrists.
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probably not more than 5% (just a guess). most of the time on the hoods and the rest in the drops.

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I'm rarely on the tops on my road bike, it just feels weird, which is weird in itself since on my fixed gear the top, close to the stem, feels 'normal'.
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80% Hoods
10% Drops
10% Tops

I feel a tad squirrely in the drops and I don't like my control on the brakes (it feels like I have to reach up to get to them). I spent about an hour of my ride today in the drop position though. Goal = get comfortable in the drops. Tops are boring...about the only time I will use them is when I'm meandering on the MUP.
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I used to ride the tops about 75% of the time.
That dropped down to ~35% when I started doing yoga and became more flexible.
Then it dropped to ~15% when I got these comfy, comfy 3T Ergonova bars--they have a really shallow drop, and I've never felt this good in the drops.
It's great! I can select my back angle just by flexing my elbows (without crushing my junk), and I'm convinced it's more aerodynamic this way than I used to be with the deeper drops.
I'll be experimenting with the stem to lower them a little this winter.

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most time on hoods (50%), then tops (40%), then drops (10%).

I'm happy on both tops and hoods. I only use the drops when i tuck for descending.
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I understand what hoods, drops and tops are, but what are corners??

I spend 0% of the time on the tops. Doesn't feel right to me in any situation.
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The only place where the bar makes a 90 degree bend
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I understand what hoods, drops and tops are, but what are corners??
The change of angle where the tops curve around toward the drops?
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