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j-sworks

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I know that this is a bit of a personal preference thing, but how do you ride?

I keep the base (flat area) of the hoods level with the stem and gear wire that is under the bar tape, but I have seen some people with the hoods angled up and some with the hoods angled down.
 

zenbiker

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That's an easy one. Set your bars, then step back and take a look. If they look cool:cool: then they are OK!
If you are naturally an uncool person, get a friend to check for you.
 

Gunjira

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Personal preference, that might depend on hand position as well as stem length, eg shorter stem = hoods further down.

Another factor is straight or not. I tilt my levers slightly inside, because it gives me a rounder upper body position, with more force when sprinting.
 

eimaiosatanas

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I've been experimenting regarding this, and as a personal preference I enjoy a slightly upwards angle. Just a bit.

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Another factor is straight or not. I tilt my levers slightly inside, because it gives me a rounder upper body position, with more force when sprinting.

:eek: A bit surprised by this! My levers were tilted very slightly to the inside due to, ahem, an accident :eek: . But when I got on the bicycle it actually felt quite good! So it kind of stuck with me.

So there you go: slightly upwards angle regarding the hoods and slightly inwards regarding the levers. :D
 

Yamabushi

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Definitely certain configurations are more aethestically appealling than others, and we could have a whole discussion on that, but at that the end of the day you've got go with what fits, what's functional, and what's comfortable.
 

onm

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Definitely go with the 'high-heels' style option.

Even if it nearly cripples you, it needs to look cool :cool:
 

joewein

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My levers were tilted very slightly to the inside due to, ahem, an accident :eek:

Talking about hoods that have moved sideways, a couple of months ago I watched Tim crash at a HFC ride. He was riding on the hoods when one of them suddenly slipped, resulting in a sudden sideways motion of the handle bar and he went down :eek:

So you may want to check occasionally how firm they are in place!
 

FarEast

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Ergonomics sir!

You're wrist should not be bent when riding the hoods as seen here:



So depending on stem length, bar width, etc your hood position will differ.
 

FarEast

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No that's GREAT! you know when you have the bike perfectly dialed in as you can sit in the drops all day.
 

onm

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Yeah, that is good!

Like FarEast said.

I actually found it really weird to ride in the drops for a very long time after getting my bike.

Honestly, only really just getting used to it. Doesn't mean I have been slow, or anything like that, but that position is so very different from MTB and BMX.

Really getting to love it now though, and feel that I am almost there with it.
 

j-sworks

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I've been experimenting regarding this, and as a personal preference I enjoy a slightly upwards angle. Just a bit.



:eek: A bit surprised by this! My levers were tilted very slightly to the inside due to, ahem, an accident :eek: . But when I got on the bicycle it actually felt quite good! So it kind of stuck with me.

So there you go: slightly upwards angle regarding the hoods and slightly inwards regarding the levers. :D

Interesting for sure
 

j-sworks

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Definitely certain configurations are more aethestically appealling than others, and we could have a whole discussion on that, but at that the end of the day you've got go with what fits, what's functional, and what's comfortable.

Well said, I am adjusting - going for a good ride - adjust - do it all over again
 

j-sworks

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Talking about hoods that have moved sideways, a couple of months ago I watched Tim crash at a HFC ride. He was riding on the hoods when one of them suddenly slipped, resulting in a sudden sideways motion of the handle bar and he went down :eek:

So you may want to check occasionally how firm they are in place!

Brutal - I've always worried about that in the back of my mind
 

j-sworks

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Ergonomics sir!

You're wrist should not be bent when riding the hoods as seen here:



So depending on stem length, bar width, etc your hood position will differ.

Perfect, I'll ask the wife to take a pic like this and copy the advice
 
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