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Where to Place Hands When Cycling

Where to Place Hands When Cycling

– How good a bike handler you are is a big determinant
in how fast you can go. This is where you want to
be for as much of the race as you can possibly be. Camping section maybe? Hi guys. Hi, Trainiacs. This wheel-less stallion will do. Alright, Trainiacs. Hand position. Hand position is a very big determinant of how good you’re a bike handler. How good you’re a bike, How good a good a bike handler you are. And how good a bike handler you are is a big determinant
in how fast you can go. If you’re a better bike handler, that means you’re more confident, that means you can take turns quicker, that mean you are putting more power into just going forward because you’re putting less
power into handling the bike. So having your hands in the right position depending on where you’re
riding, what you’re doing, whether you’re cornering, not cornering, going in a straight line, is very, very important as
far as getting the most speed you possibly can. So let’s talk tri bikes first, because this is a triathlon channel, not a swimming channel, despite what you might’ve thought from the past three months. Tri bikes are fairly
simple and straightforward. Because you’re going in a straight line as fast as you can go, there’s less need to have really specific bike handling
skills on a tri bike. 98% of the time, you’re gonna
be here, in the aero bars. This is where you wanna
be for as much of the race as you can possibly be. It’s gonna keep you aerodynamic, it’s gonna keep you out of the wind, and it’s gonna keep you fast. Even when you’re taking a drink, you wanna be just reaching
down with one hand, still looking forward, and you don’t wanna be
looking around very much because when you’ve got an aero helmet on and you’ve got that tail
in behind your aero helmet, as you look to the side
and the side and down, it’s gonna come up and create wind drag. So you wanna be, basically,
in this position, looking forward, as much as possible. The times that you wanna come out and go onto the hoods back here and have your hands by the brakes are A, when you’re braking, B, when you’re getting ready to stop, or C, when you’re cornering. And what you wanna do
when you’re cornering is you wanna put pressure on, let’s say we’re turning that way. You wanna put pressure on that inside hood and then use your foot on
the outside and push down. And pushing on the inside of the front and the outside of the back, that’s gonna allow you to keep your body, Not your body. (exhales) Keep your bike on the road
without skipping around a ton. And that’s about the only
time you need to be out here. Otherwise, as much time as
you can possibly stay steady in this aero position. What the hell? Oh yeah, I haven’t used this since I unpacked it from Campeche. Excellent props today, Taren. Now, road bikes are a
fair bit more finicky depending on a lot of things. Whether you’re cornering,
whether you’re climbing, whether you’re descending,
whether you’re sprinting makes a big difference. The three positions are up on the hoods, where you’ve got access to the brakes, down in the drops, where you’ve still got
access to the brakes and the shifters, or up in a climbing position. Let’s get this one out of the way. The times that you’ll use
this are when you’re climbing and aerodynamics is not a big issue because your body can be
a little bit more upright. So that’s about the only time
that you’d wanna do that, when you’re just riding to or from a ride and you’re not looking at being fast. You don’t wanna be in this
position when you’re in a group because you have no brakes,
you’ve got no shifters, you’ve got less control of the bike. So only stay in this position when you’re not in a big group or when you’re at the back of a group or you’re riding to and from a ride, or on an uphill. Pete, just settle down. You don’t have to protect
the house from the world. Next. This is your bread and butter. This is your safety position. This is your go-to. Because you’ve got access
to the brakes really easily. You’ve got access to the shifters. You’re not so low that
you’re really aggressive. And you’ve got a good amount of control. So when you’re riding, just typically, say 60, 70% of the time, you’ll wanna be in this position up here. It’s safe, it’s aggressive-ish, but not overly aggressive. This is your go-to. When you’d wanna get
down here in the drops, there’s a couple times
that you’d wanna do that. Number one, if it’s really
comfortable for you, if you’ve been fitted for it. A lot of people will have
a very deep dropped bar where they can’t actually
get down that far, but if you’ve done a proper bike fit, and your bike fitter
has set it up properly, you should be able to
ride down in these drops for an entire ride. Once Alter Ego Sports changed out my bars, I was able to ride in
the drops here for ages. Nice thing about this is that it’s still very well controlled. You got access to the shifters. You can actually grab
more brake from down here to stop quicker than you can from up here because if you think, you got a couple fingers coming at it from an angle at the top. Down here, you can grab
yourself a fistful of brake. Bam. Really easily. But, because you’re so low
and you’re so aggressive, you don’t wanna be in this
position quite all the time. I tend to reserve this for
when I’m doing two things. One, I’m at the front of a group and I’ve gotta stay nice
and low out of the wind. Or two, we’re sprinting, and
right at the end of a sprint, you wanna be as aerodynamic, and you wanna get here and
get as low as possible. Mark Cavendish calls it closing that hole, so you get in there and you get really low so you’re not scooping in a
bunch of air into your chest. You can go side to side
and push the bike down so that it stays on the road
really well from this position, but you wanna get into that position before things get hairy. Come into that sprint and
you’re redlining up here and all of a sudden you go, “Alright. “Now, I’m gonna step it up a notch, “and now I’m gonna go down there.” You’re gonna be redlining and then, probably gonna crash. So get into that position coming into a sprint or a hard section so that you can do it
when you’re controlled. And other than that,
them’s your positions. Wise words this morning. Wise words. Who wouldn’t be afraid of this face? Look at this face. It’s a good thing you’re here,
Pete, to guard the house. (kisses) Labs are so tough. Labs are so tough. I know, you’re so tough. Look. Off to work! (grunts) (sighs) You know how when you’re in
the middle of a taper process, you go back and forth between feeling fan-frickin’-tastic and feeling like garbage? Today is a feel like garbage kinda day. What happened to me? Go for a little bike ride today
and don’t really do anything and all of a sudden my
body goes into revolt. I’ll be fine. Oh, by the way, countdown
to the long swim is 63 hours away. We might be done by this
time three days from now. Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo. (upbeat soulful music) Now, for those of you
non-Canadian Trainiacs out there, Canadian Tire is like Lowes
for Canada, but awesomer. I don’t know if Lowes is awesome or not. It’s got the strongest duct tape, the warmest toques, the brushiest curling brushes, the slappiest hockey sticks. This is the good stuff here. (upbeat soulful music) Camping section, maybe? Seasonal. Seasonal, I should’ve known. Seasonal. Five gallon water drinking pump. That’s what I’m going for there. We’re gonna be going through so much water just by drinking a lot of water, and there’s gonna be people on the boat. They need water. So we’re gonna grab one
of the big glub-glub jugs that we’ve got in our office, we’re gonna put it on the boat, and we’re gonna grab this. Stick around me. The ideas that come out of this mouth, mostly verbal diarrhea, but there’s some gold in there. Some. See? Canadian Tire. Everything you could
possibly want under the sun. Thought that my bike got
stolen there for a second. Slowly but surely we’re getting
all the logistics together for the long swim on Sunday. Hours away. Besides picking up a little bit of gear, boat, letting all the support crew know about what the logistics are, times and boat launches and media stuff, we’re good. Picking away at the last few little bits. Let’s take this chariot home
and call it a day, Trainiacs. We’re swimming in three. Let’s get some rest.

13 comments on “Where to Place Hands When Cycling

  1. Taren, please, help me understand the Canadian/Winipeg lifestyle. You leave your swiming gear at the pool and take with you the rear light of your bike? Funny.

  2. if you actually ride with your forearms flat on the hoods it is actually faster than riding in the drops. this is why when you see pros attack the peloton, they are riding with thier elbows tuck in on the hoods rather than on the drops. This is due to that there are less of your arms showing for the wind to blow against but your back is practically at the same position as you are when you are in the drops with straight arms. The drops is more aerodynamics in a Sprint due to that your body is much more forward and you can get lower than in the saddle.

  3. Hi from France.
    Pete looks so serious!
    Last Thursday I went for a reccee ride of the upcoming 70.3 (Sunday 2nd July). Flat terrain but a hell of a side wind because of the proximity of the sea. Hence my wavering; TT bike or reg road bike?
    Did you use actual bucks in Canadian Tyre? (those familiar with the store we'll know what I mean 😆).
    Anyway good luck for tomorrow looooonnnng swim!😉

  4. Sorry, T.T., I'm sure you said very important things, but Pete owned the video. Please keep him in future vids.

  5. Pete really looked like he had something to say there for a while. If you run out of ideas, let Pete take the lead!

  6. I can see you are using bar tape on your tri bars by the brake levers. have you considered using grip tape on this part to save weight and have a slight marginal aero gain?

  7. I have only one bike, so added aero bars, but they are not as fancy as yours on the Tri- bike.
    but wanted to get the down position so can go faster. There is some pressure on forearms that I was not prepared for. The pads are pretty stiff so maybe they will soften with use?

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