Apologies if this has been previously addressed, but I recently watched a Vegan Cyclist video and noticed that his hoods/brakes were both tilted inward relative to the typical 90 degree orientation with respect to bar.
Not sure if this is an ergonomic or aerodynamic adjustment, but it does strike me that my wrists often feel like they’re in a non-anatomic configuration when resting in the hoods.
Anybody else using a non standard hood position with good effect?
It’s a pretty common setup these days. Main driver is that it enables a better aero hoods position - I.e. When your hands are on the hoods your arms are narrower, and when you drop your forearms to be horizontal they naturally rest on the bar tops which makes it a more comfortable and sustainable position.
I’ve wondered about doing this to some degree or other in my setup. One hesitation I have is it seems like it would encourage ‘chicken wing’ elbows, particularly when fatigued - I imagine on a long event that could creep in unnoticed and quickly negate all your aero-hoods gains.
I’d be shocked if anyone has quantitative data on this, but do any of you have anecdotal experience of it? Does it mean we should only do it for short-duration stuff? Is it just something to be aware of in training? Or does it not actually happen in the way I’m imagining?
They still make bar ends, and handlebars can be cut to preference. MTB is much easier to customize, actually. Those Tog things look interesting - I don’t ride long enough to warrant them at this point.
Only 2W faster than the aero hoods position with levers straight (I’m surprised, thought it would be more, and it may be for some people), but anecdotally I and lots of others I know find it to be more comfortable as you have more forearm support. Certainly not for short durations only, would be my preferred position for a road bike TT, or if in a solo break or bridging effort in a race.
Thanks - I wasn’t clear in my post. I meant I’d be shocked if anyone had data on whether people go ‘chicken winged’ when they get tired with hoods positioned like that and what effect that has on aerodynamics.
There is no good reason why someone would ever go into chicken wing position on a bike ever unless its a learned habit (or you are Chris Froome). Keeping your elbows tucked by your side causes the least amount of stress on your shoulders and core - regardless of the amount of inward tilting of the hoods.
Chicken winging is caused by flat bars based on the hand position - it should never happen on a road bike (theoretically)
Well, that’s pretty subjective. The industry pushes what sells. I’m confident you could find bars in the 600s if that’s really what you’re going for. I landed on 770 awhile back, but I’d be open to trying something narrower, I already know that anything wider doesn’t work for me.
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