Why is important to place your hands under the curve during biomechanical evaluation for the road bicycle?
The cyclist’s position on his own bicycle is unique and inconsistent with that of any other individual. This is due to the fact that the optimal position is the result of a set of morphological, functional and postural factors that determine the result.
However, it is equally important to analyze the subject in the most appropriate position so that the result is as reliable as possible. Although most amateur cyclists prefer to lean on the brake levers for greater comfort, it is good to know that this position can not be considered as a reference posture for biomechanical analysis. This misguided belief is probably derived from an analysis of habits and not from the analytical study of reference indices.
In fact, it is enough to reflect to understand that the analysis performed with the hands over the brake levers completely excludes the effect produced by the handlebar type. In this case, when using a compact or round handlebar does not change the position of the cyclist.
Secondly but not least is the scientificity of the comparison index; there are no scientific data that allows you to compare the optimum position of the cyclist with his hands on the brake levers.
Instead, there are studies that show the correct position with your hands on the handlebar curve.