Learning To Ride In The Drops

ride 9-11-15

So today was an amazing day for a ride. I decided to push myself and headed north of town up the ridge. I did some great hills and had some great downhills.

I’m trying to get used to riding on the drop handle bars and not staying up on the hoods. It’s challenging as I know it’s good for me to be down on the drops, but I’m still unsteady on them. I talked to my biking friend Joe and he said I should aim to ride at least 15% of the ride in the drops. I’m getting there.

All for now.

Do you use the drops on your handlebars? How did you get used to using them?


What a Dream… Double Wrapped Handle Bars

Double wrapping handle bars helps with hand and arm fatigue

So I’ve been back in the saddle for a little over a week and I’m loving every minute of it. But with riding everyday I’m noticing things on my 2001 GT ZR 4.0 that need adjusting so that I’m not in pain. The latest was my handle bar tape.

BikeLineI went out for a ride today and half way through, my hands were getting numb. I stopped by Bike Line in Doylestown and talked with Jim. He felt my handle bars and said that with not enough padding your hands can get tingly and numb. The solution double wrapping the handle bars. So, I bit the bullet, paid $20 and had him add another layer of wrap on my bars.

OH MY GOD, it’s like night and day. The cushion on the bars makes riding somuch easier on my whole upper body. Thanks Jim!

What improvements have you found help you get the most out of cycling? Post your thoughts below in the comments.