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I see a lot of cyclists riding around Tucson, but I almost never see anyone using their drop handlebars. Is there a reason for this? I don't have aerobars on my bike, so when I'm out for a ride, I oftentimes ride down in the drops. Does everyone else know something I don't?<br><br>
Hope you're all having a good weekend! I did my first brick today, and actually enjoyed it- is that weird?
 

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Duno about the drops......<br>
BUT, I loved my first brick. I felt like I flew!
 

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You'll often see cyclists on their drops on the downhills, but on the hoods going up. I think it's harder to get full lung capacity in the drops (just my experience, though).<br><br>
And then it also depends why/where they're riding. If they're just out for a ride-around-town with a friend that they're talking to, vs a race situation.
 

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In my very few group rides I noticed cyclists ride relaxed on the hoods, unless they do a workout, like an interval, sprint, hard pull...
 

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I ride in the drops when going downhill fast (you can get to the brakes better, and you have better control), or when I'm trying to get going fast. Early on in my rides most days, I'll race a car off the line at a traffic light - then I'm in the drops. Otherwise, riding on the hoods is a lot more comfortable.
 

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I only ride in the drops when riding into a killer headwind. Not sure if it actually helps, but mentally I think it does!
 

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I had aero on mikey...but I didn't like the drops...not comfortable for me...I would once in a while for fun.<br><br>
I had a pink huffy for my b-day in 4th grade...I rode in those drops a lot...<br><br>
Anyhoo...no good answer for you!
 

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Riding in the drops requires you to rotate the pelvis and support the weight of the upper body with bent arms, which takes some strength. It's faster too. If you see people going hard in a race many are on the drops but not all...<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/jroden99/pelv1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/jroden99/pelv2.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/jroden99/pelv3.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Plus, one of me losing a sprint in the drops:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/jroden99/twiligt07_1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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I have a little trouble breathing down in the drops. Does anyone else have that problem? I'm essentially folded in half.<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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Riding on the drops requires good core and arm strength and is less comfortable. It also helps you go faster.<br><br>
Most people will chose comfort over speed.<br><br>
And yes Kimber it does feel like my chest is compressed both in the drops and on the aerobars.
 

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Yes, if you look at the pictures the ribcage is often touching the upper leg, it's a very closed hip angle
 

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Neither position sounds comfy to me.<br><br>
I'm way to slow and chubby to be hunched over like that. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I did my race last weekend in the drops. But then, ive been working on the guns lately. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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