How to grip the handlebars of a road bike. Part 3: Hands in low grip position
Remember that there can be three types of grips and they are as follows:
- with your hands on the brakes
- with your hands on the top of the handlebars
- with your hands in a low grip, on the curve of the handlebars themselves
So, let’s look at what the advantages and disadvantages of low-grip hands are, to really understand when to use it and address your critical issues.
1. Hands in low grip position
Let’s start by saying that it is the most aggressive grip and also the safest. Certainly less comfortable than the other two, it allows you to exert more force on the handlebars, improving aerodynamics and ensuring optimal control of the vehicle in every situation. And that’s no small thing, in this position you will always have the brakes at hand and the braking will be more powerful because you will use the entire brake lever.
Precisely for this reason it is the grip that is recommended in all the more hectic phases of the race or training:
- high speed sections
- downhill sections
In short, it is certainly the best position, were it not for the difficulty of maintaining it for a long time.
With this grip the rear end approaches the horizontal tube, almost to become parallel to the ground, and the pedalling angle of the hip closes: the result will be that your neck suffers more.
To overcome this problem, you need a good general athletic preparation, a certain flexibility and a perfect saddle.
It has to be said that modern bikes and components help a lot in this regard: both the handlebars and the newly designed frames make it easier to reach the grip.
If, on the other hand, perhaps because of your short fingers, you find it difficult to reach the brakes, it is possible to adjust the position of the brakes to bring them closer to the curve of the handlebars.
2. In summary
The position can be used with the hands in the lowered position:
- In all the exciting moments: demanding downhill, sprint, high speed.