Transition from Mtb to Road bike

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Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:19 pm

I bought my first road bike yesterday and seem to be struggling a lot.
As I'm used to riding in a upright where my breathing is spot on.. Now with the change in position my breathing is out of wack.
So has anyone got some tips?
I had the bike fitted for "touring" so roughly sitting at a 45 degree angle


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Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby Kenzo » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:24 pm

What width handlebars are fitted and would you consider yourself to be broad shouldered?
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Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:44 pm

I have broad shoulders, weigh 125 ish kg. handle bar that came with my trek 3.1 are about 47cm
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Re: Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby foo on patrol » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:41 am

It will take a few ride to accustom your body to the new position. :idea:

Do you ride with your arms locked in straight or slightly bent out?

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Re: Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby jamesn184 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:37 am

I bend my elbows pointing down a little
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Re: Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby Kenzo » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:18 am

jamesn184 wrote:I have broad shoulders, weigh 125 ish kg. handle bar that came with my trek 3.1 are about 47cm

Thanks James - I was checking to see if your handlebar width was restricting your chest.
It does not sound like this is the case.

Other than 'getting used to it'... are you riding with a backpack/camelbak? If so, can you loosen the shoulder and chest straps?
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Re: Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby jamesn184 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:17 pm

I was back in the bike shop today to get my cassette tightened and it turns out my hands were in the wrong position which may not of helped.
Ill try to loosen the chest strap on my bag to see if that helps
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Re: Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby Mrfenejeans » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:27 am

jamesn184 wrote:...it turns out my hands were in the wrong position which may not of helped.



What position were your hands in to be in the wrong position???.

Over my rides ill change my hand positions frequently over about 4-5 different places on the bars and I've never felt that anyone position causes me pain(other than being in the drops too long) or changes my breathing to anything noticeably different. In my limited experience I've found altering hand position dependent on what you are doing, especially climbing a great aid in performance. Its also good to always try and keep your arms and hands relaxed.
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Re: Transition from Mtb to Road bike

Postby jamesn184 » Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:04 pm

Mrfenejeans wrote:
jamesn184 wrote:...it turns out my hands were in the wrong position which may not of helped.



What position were your hands in to be in the wrong position???.

Over my rides ill change my hand positions frequently over about 4-5 different places on the bars and I've never felt that anyone position causes me pain(other than being in the drops too long) or changes my breathing to anything noticeably different. In my limited experience I've found altering hand position dependent on what you are doing, especially climbing a great aid in performance. Its also good to always try and keep your arms and hands relaxed.


I had my hands were in the drop position
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