When should I use road bike drops?

When should you ride in the drops?

At the business end of a race, being in the drops allows you to take bumps from other riders more securely as well. Another way the lower centre of gravity helps. Braking often feels better whilst using the drops. You can exert much great leverage on the lever compared to when your hands are on the hoods.

How long can you ride in the drops?

Recreational riders should be able to ‘assume the position’ for 10 minutes at a time and racers should be able to ride in the drops all day in a bent-elbow, aggressive position. For practice, ride in the drops for at least a few minutes on all your training rides, especially during group rides or when descending.

How much faster is riding on the drops?

With one test rider, they estimated a coefficient of drag area (CdA) of 0.277m2 on the hoods, versus 0.265m2 in the drops. They calculated that to maintain 45 km/h (27.96 mph, i.e. very fast for a solo rider on the flat), the drops position would save the rider 14.0W.

How do you drop handlebars?

How to Get Comfortable With Drop Handlebars

  1. Check Bike Fit. To ride effectively in the drops you need to roll your hips forward, keeping the hip angle (between torso and thigh) open. …
  2. Practice in Position. …
  3. Be Flexible. …
  4. Stretch Out.
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