Hoods, bars, drops?

by paulfg42   September 8, 2012  

I went out for the 1st time today on a road bike and my hands spent most of the time on the hoods. I got a bit of soreness on the base of my thumbs - is that normal to start or might my hands be positioned poorly?

It also got me to thinking about when you should use the drops, hoods or bars when out on a ride. Any comments?

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i use the hoods most of the time too but switching positions to the tops or drops every now and then definitely helps to prevent your hands getting sore/numb

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7863 posts]
8th September 2012 - 22:04

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I ride hoods most of the time. Tops for climbing seated and drops for descending.

posted by Psycling [52 posts]
8th September 2012 - 22:11


Hoods most of the time.

Tops for climbing as it opens your chest for breathing.

Drops for descending, fast cornering, sprinting, wind etc.

posted by ALIHISGREAT [119 posts]
8th September 2012 - 22:14


Hoods for normal riding and climbing and drops for descending or anything fast. Rarely use tops at all.

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posted by Gkam84 [9374 posts]
8th September 2012 - 22:18


Where's Raleigh? Has term started already? Is he in the library? I'll say it then:


Or wherever you feel most comfortable. Cycling mitts will help: they should have padding at the base of the thumb.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [311 posts]
9th September 2012 - 10:22


Here I am (lol) Big Grin

Tend to agree, never venture out of the drops.

The only exceptions? An alp. Or perhaps if you have sora (or other campagnolo imitates).

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
9th September 2012 - 14:49


You'll get used to it. Good mitts will help if you weren't wearing any. After a few rides you'll find the best position for your hands on the hoods and the hoods are where most people ride most of the time.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [346 posts]
10th September 2012 - 13:01


Hoods generally for me with tops when climbing. I use the drops if the road is flat and/or if there is a head or side wind and when descending; I'd use them more if I shed a bit of upholstery too.

As others have said, a decent pair of gloves should help. Are you leaning heavily on your arms/hands?

posted by Sadly Biggins [271 posts]
10th September 2012 - 16:10


Quite possibly. My mitts are quite worn too so maybe I'll try some with a bit more padding.

posted by paulfg42 [395 posts]
10th September 2012 - 19:28