Aerodynamics and flat back in drops

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by jackz9999, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. jackz9999

    jackz9999 New Member

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    When I try to flatten my back and make it parallel with the ground, I need to bend my elbows 90 degrees when in the drops. The pro's that I see on TV usually have a flat back when riding in the drops with their arms fully extended. Do their frames have longer top tubes, or do they have normal frames with a special component setup?

    I am 5'10'', feel relatively limber, and ride a 56 cm Felt.
     
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  2. frenchyge

    frenchyge New Member

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    They have a bigger vertical drop between their seat and handlebars.
     
  3. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    It's prolly a combination of things. First they tend to have a lot more drop (height difference between saddle and bar tops). They seem to use some pretty long stems, too....although this is a result of whatever frame they're on.
     
  4. Iron Man

    Iron Man New Member

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    all of whats been said so far is true, you may also need no be more flexable. I used to have tight back muscles, and hip flexors, as a result i could not get the same degree of bend at waist. Try streching or get some aero bars!:D
     
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