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Riding with hands on the stem?

Old 06-10-08, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ~Stuart~ View Post
Wasn't there a big issue in road time trials where people would be in a certain aero position (forgive me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was called the Preying Mantis?) which was really aero, but compressed your lungs (arms really close together), so every once and a while riders would bail hard due to blacking out from lack of oxygen? Someone told me this once (i think)... just remembered it... dunno.


but hands close together (not on aero bars) would equal a higher torso, meaning more wind resistance, where as on the drops your body out of the way creating less wind resistance?... That would be my guess considering road racers don't use 3" flat bars for racing (I guess they would if they were more aero )
could you be thinking of the superman position? graeme obree?
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Old 06-10-08, 09:34 PM
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Hahaha.... stem is soo yesterday! I ride holding the seatpost.
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Old 06-10-08, 09:40 PM
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I'm fairly sure that their hand placement is a direct correlation to you passing them. hands close to the stem = less mashing ability uphill.
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Old 06-10-08, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by chase. View Post
it's a nice upright position for cruising and keeps your head higher, so reading traffic is easier.
this is the answer.
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Old 06-11-08, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by dervish View Post
could you be thinking of the superman position? graeme obree?
No it's the Praying Mantis position as made famous by Floyd Landis in the timetrial of the TdF 06. Although it was banned for some archaic reason



What Landis is using is not new, he is leveraging his power by extending his position forward much like a triathlete. The advantages of a forward position vary by rider. As the position is moved forward different muscles are used. Triathletes often use the forward position so that they would feel fresher for the run. More emphasis is being placed on the quads rather than the hamstring muscles. Breathing is improved since there is much more room to expand the chest.
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Old 06-11-08, 01:28 AM
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why would you do this to nice deda bars? anyway, on a simliar note, saw a guy in the loop down in chicago with nothing but mtb bar-ends stuck on either side of the stem onto a 4 inch piece of pipe. ridiculous!

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Old 06-11-08, 01:47 AM
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I ride with my hands in the center for two reasons. The first being that I don't have grips on my handlebars, so I don't have a "set" location for my hands to be. Secondly, my stem drops my bullhorns pretty low, so it can get uncomfortable leaning over when my hands are spaced farther (not to say that I always ride with my hands in the center, otherwise I would have bars like the chopped ones above).
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