LittleGreyCat wrote:I like climbing on the drops because I can pull up with my hands as I push down with my legs, which feels to be more effective. A bit like hauling on the bar ends on flat bars but at a different angle.
One unexpected thing; I can ride comfortably using this setup for a reasonable distance (just done two rides, 27 miles and 47 miles, so far) but the day after my legs seize up big time. The tendons at the back of my legs, and the muscles around my knees, are stiff and they resist going from nearly straight to straight. I'm not sure why this is happening because my leg position hasn't changed.... I should note that I have very short and stiff tendons in my legs so my experience may not be "average" in this respect.
IME riding in a more stretched out position allows me to push a bit more efficiently (so harder) with the legs, so maybe you are giving them more of a workout than you realise. Most cyclists benefit from doing regular stretching exercises - there are lots out there on the internet but here are the three basic ones I do (sometimes!), in no particular order:
1 Quads. Balance on left leg (hold on to something), bend your right knee and grasp your right ankle, then gradually pull the foot up behind you till you feel the stretch in your quad. You're aiming to touch your buttock with your heel (image here
), but if you are like me you'll need to hook a strap or towel round your ankle at first. Do several times with each leg.
2 Calves. Stand facing a wall, arms straight out in front of you. With both hands on the wall at shoulder height, move left foot back a bit. Now bend your elbows and right knee so that you feel the stretch in your left calf. Do several times with each leg. (Image here
3 Hamstrings. The way I do it is to stand on my left leg, with the right leg extended in front, heel resting on a chair. Keeping the right leg as straight as you can get it, lean forward and hold. Do several times with each leg. (Image here
Make sure you warm up a bit first and do them gently - don't force anything. I was over 60 when my daughter put me on to these and I have found them very helpful, my flexibility improving a lot.