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Six Climbing Positions, Road Cycling

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Road Cycling

Six Climbing Positions (Introduction)


Riders and coaches have debated for years the pros and cons of sitting vs. standing when climbing on a road bike.


In fact, there are six basic possible positions: The hands may be on the tops, hoods, or drops of the handlebars while sitting or standing.


Riders may feel awkward and weak in any position different from that in which they commonly train. When positionally trained, riders are and feel more comfortable and powerful.


In this article I'll discuss the pros and cons of these six basic positions.


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