How To: Proper hand and body position for every situation

Watch this video to find out when to be in your hoods, tops or drops

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Get in the drops when you’re going downhill fast and want maximum control.

If you’ve been riding your bike for any length of time, you’ve figured out there are three places to hold your bars: the hoods, drops and tops. But when is the best time to be in which position and why? And when should you be out of the saddle? Our friends at the Global Cycling Network put together this insightful video to help you better understand hand and body positioning. Have a look to see which position is most aero, best for descending, and gives you the most control of your bike.

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Proper Hand Positioning

Out of the saddle and in the hoods is ideal for short burst efforts while climbing.
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Proper Hand Positioning

This is a good way to stretch out the back, but generally you'll be more efficient when seated.
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Proper Hand Positioning

Get in the drops during descents to maximize control and aero efficiency.
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Proper Hand Positioning

The tops are good for climbing, but lessen control and your ability to brake quickly.

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