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Cyclists shave their legs for three reasons: 1. To avoid any insect clings in their feet hair 2. Get a better massage 3. For a cool feel during the ride
In addition to the previously mentioned benefits, recent wind tunnel testing performed by Specialized has shown that shaved legs will save about 50 to 82 seconds over a 40km TT...certainly not an inconsequential amount. Turns out the oft-cited study from 1987 that many use to say that leg hair doesn't affect aerodynamics ...
Yes, the arms should support some of a rider's weight. However, outside of a hard effort, the hands should be light on the bars and the arms should be relaxed. I'm reminded of a brief quote from Wheelmen, "[Eddie] Borysewicz adjusted the [American] riders' bikes, taught them proper positioning, and described how to use their abdominal muscles to keep ...
Your center of gravity doesn't change just because you let go of the bars. Usually when I am pedaling on a flat or a climb, I am also pulling up on the handlebars to get some extra downforce. I keep my butt in the saddle regardless.
Just an observation in my own experience. I used to stand a lot when riding competitively some 20 years ago. Over time (I'm now 60-years old), I've come to ride seated the vast majority of the time. I live in the mountains and a typical training day averages 100 feet of climbing per mile with 40 to 60 miles on any single day. What I've come to find these ...
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