To add to that I can tell you I can ride faster and stronger with my hands on top of the hoods( think like a C) or the palms of my hands to the back and top of the hoods. That position leaves my chest open and makes it easier to breath and keeps my legs over center, if you will, of the pedals.
I'm spoiled! I ride a MUP on a daily basis that I practically have to myself on weekday mornings. I actually ride almost the entire 30 miles of my ride on aero bars. I don't have the built-in-to-the-handlebar type, instead I have the clamp on type and I never use (or suggest using) them when group riding or riding on a public road with traffic because there's no way to brake in a hurry or shift if you need to. However, if you are on a road with absolutely no traffic in sight, they are the way to go. When I don't ride the aero bars, I am usually on the hoods, but I do ride the drops a lot just to change positions.
Well, just did 17 miles in 1:17. I was about 50/50 drops and hoods. Was riding the drops for all the down hill and up top the rest. I don't really like the flat bar, seems like my hands are too close for any control.
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