Hood Position & Handlebar Angle (Here's what to do)

Hood Position & Handlebar Angle (Here's what to do)

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Ever wondered how to position your hoods and handlebars for optimal comfort on your road bike? In this video, Neill Stanbury (bike fitting expert) walks us through the best way to position your hoods and handlebars for optimal positioning and comfort on the road bike…

#hood #handlebar #angle


  1. Matthew Cycling on June 21, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Great video and content – with the trap pain I get on a long ride, I think I’ll be resetting the position of my hydraulic hoods ASAP and see how it goes.

  2. The Heron Knows Prime Water on June 21, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Changing to an upward tilt of the hoods has made my bike so much more comfortable. Cheers.😀

  3. Edward Hems on June 21, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    These bike fit videos are fantastic!

  4. kamerafi on June 21, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Another reason to avoid integrated bar and stem.

  5. James Lee-Pevenhull on June 21, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    The term "Straight arm touring" is when the rider is holding the drops with straight, locked out elbows and the lower back at 40 degrees.
    In this position, the cyclist is requiring 10 – 15% less power due to reduced frontal area and therfore better aerodynamics.
    Holding on the hoods is a new fangled ( by Shimano to sell expensive kit ) poseur cycling position.

  6. Grant McAlpine on June 21, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Great videos guys. I just bought a new bike and you’re right. The upper bar is flat and the hoods are almost flat as well. I will do some tweaks. Thanks again.

  7. Jan Elger on June 21, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Well this was actually really helpful. Thanks!

  8. Jai Vora on June 21, 2022 at 10:17 pm


  9. Simon Irvine on June 21, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Take a look at this drawing of a Ritchey Compact Handlebar. Take a look at the side profile drawing and this is how the bar should really be sat and this goes for that 3T bar in the video. This is where Stack and Reach come into play regarding handlebar positioning, get the stack and reach correct then the bar positioning becomes easier to deal with and will help with keeping the bar in its correct design position.. Link to drawing = https://eu.ritcheylogic.com/media/itm/magb1/Productfiles/30366008002/cf-evocurve-spec-diagram_1.pdf

  10. Optic_8 on June 21, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Trek madone allows for bar tilt in their intergrated bar.

  11. Roger Hartley on June 21, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Another great video from you both. Thank you! Would be helpful to practically show how to alter the hood angle for those of us who aren’t so confident! The thought of messing up the bar tape and having to try and re-wrap it gives me the willies!

  12. Gerrit Fourie on June 21, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    ,,,extremly GOOD ADVICE!!!!

  13. Paul Rerrie on June 21, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    If you are a bit OCD (like me) and your drop bars have some form of horizontal indication on the front, place a spirit level next to stem on top of bar (90 degs to bar) and measure to halfway down the bars diameter. Move sprit level underneath bar and measure to halfway up bars diameter. The two points should coincide with the horizontal indication on the front of the bar.

  14. Ron Beardsley on June 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    You still need to reach the brake levers when in the drops. Descending 101.

  15. Level Lumpkins on June 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    This may prove helpful- I’ve been struggling to set up a new bike, and had been trying to get the hoods level- my other bike has old campy hoods, which are much smaller, and which I now realize I hold so differently that comparing them is a bit pointless.
    My issue has been that I really won’t rotate my shoulders, and I think I may have been ridding with my wrists at a less than ideal angle, which might be contributing to some hand numbness, though I’m also struggling with saddle position from one bike to the next.

  16. Kim Rice on June 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Agree. My hoods have gravitated toward an upward angle.

  17. Beater Bike Channel MFGA on June 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    On my fixed gear road bike, Winter bike (two brakes) I was using old SR bars that were on borrowed time, check your bars for corrosion! and Tektro RL340 with the bars rotated downwards to get comfy in the aero part of the drops but I struggled reaching the lever with the winter gloves I wear. I upgraded to ITM Marathon bars and couldn’t do this but I used Tektro RL341 women’s levers with the hoods rotated up. This fits my wrists perfect. The shorter reach lever was now the same distance in the drops as my old SR bars but I had to adjust my drop riding position to the one proper road riders use, I’d been taking it easy.

  18. Antonio Castro on June 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    You guys are the best. I think i’m almost there in relation to my position on the Bike because of your vídeos. I had neck pain, wrist pain and i have solve all the problems thanks to you. I fell that i have to pay you!! Thank you for the amazing job and iformation!

  19. Antonio Castro on June 21, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Amazing as allways. We really learn a lot with your vídeos. I mean, you guys are the best! Thank you!

  20. timbo on June 21, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Integrated cockpits are the most idiotic trend of the current era….kiss goodbye to finessing with bike fit without faff and cash.
    #Millimeters matter.

  21. Teemo on June 21, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Cannondale integrated bar is adjustable on System Six , really nice

  22. Kevin on June 21, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Wow! All the muscular issues Neil pointed out is me to a tee. Will be adjusting levers to see what difference it makes.

  23. Kevin O'Brien on June 21, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Best advice going!

  24. Kingly79 on June 21, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Whats the gearing setup on the bike in the background….crank and cassette? Thanks

  25. S. J. on June 21, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Today’s hoods are so much longer than the old style hoods I have to compensate by either angling the hoods up (decreasing their forward length) or tilting the handlebars back so that I will not be stretched out too far. If you don’t change the angles to compensate for the longer hood it seems your only alternative is to change the length of the stem. It’s an anatomical factor that was left out of the equation in the choice of stem length & reach. Maybe more humans now have longer arms?

  26. Jon Fairhurst on June 21, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Great stuff! My fitter (Endurance PDX) had me rotate my hoods back too. In short, my cleats went back and my saddle went forward and got angled flatter. I’m older, and he wanted me to have a less aggressive position. I already had max spacers, so he shortened the stem and rotated the hoods back to simulate less drop. Works great!

  27. Q on June 21, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Intergrated, non adjustable MUST BE GOOD, BECAUSE THE MANUFACTURER SAID SO.

  28. Trevor Stark on June 21, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    What is the brand or model of that sweet bike stand behind you?

  29. Neri Garcia on June 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    I love these videos. I learn so much from Neil’s expertise and it helps dial in my own fit.

  30. Laurentiu Cantar on June 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    The shimano 9170 11 speed are preety small just like the the non disc brake version

  31. Sorin B on June 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Wow what a quality video and fantastic lesson

  32. Andrew Everett on June 21, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Great video 🙂 but can I please ask something totally off topic: what stand is the Seka on, and where can I get one?! <3

  33. Captain Krist on June 21, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Love your videos. They helped me a lot with my bike fit. I don’t own any fancy carbon bike, but Triban RC 520 from Decatlon, and love it. It has disk brakes that are mechanical/ hydraulic hybrid and Shimano 105 groupset.

  34. harrzzz on June 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks to both for these videos…really interesting. #savetherimbrake

  35. Outer Space on June 21, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for the detailed explanation.

  36. antoniio caluso on June 21, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    dang, just as I retaped the bars with…FLAT hood positioning 🙂 tanx!!

  37. vegn_brit on June 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Excellent video and really useful information. I’ve been setting up a new gravel bike, and used your advice for setting the handlebar angle. Fingers crossed for tomorrow. It’s looking like Hindley will be first Aussie to win a Giro D’Italia!! Today’s stage on the Marmolada was legendary.

  38. Erik Felch on June 21, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Essential knowledge. Thanks for sharing.

  39. FOG Rider on June 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Simple explanation of an important element of bike fit and comfort. Well done.

  40. Alan Buckley on June 21, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I really like this but how do you balance this with having the brake levers close enough to reach comfortably on a descent when in the drops. Seems this could make braking more difficult in that scenario.

  41. Ob1sdarkside on June 21, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Great vid, makes a lot of sense. I’m off to change my hood angle.

  42. TheDustyPanther on June 21, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Gave my hoods a little tweak upwards a couple of days back and have eliminated the shoulder ‘buzz’ I’d had since I changed my handlebars.


  43. Xtra999 on June 21, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    Exactly what I need since I’m fiddling around with hood position right now. Thanks.

  44. TheMASDrummer on June 21, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Great vid

  45. Ianis Caratti on June 21, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    very interesting but hydro levers aren’t bigger than mechanical ones now a days.

  46. Hardi Erstu on June 21, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    These handlebars that have dight curve on drops at where hoods are attached and then flares to shallow. Are so difficult. I could not get it comfortable. So replaced it with a handlebar where the curve is uniform without that dight spot. Because on handlebar with that dight bend, if I adjust drops upward so that I could be comfortable on hoods I won’t be able to reach levers from drops. One way I found how to "fix" that, was to rise the handlebar high enough, that I could always ride on drops. But that destroys the whole purpose of having drop bars. If I adjust the reach of brake levels too much on mechanical disc brakes, It seems to me that I would lose in performance of brakes and get rubbing brake pads. With new bar that I installed with uniform bend. I’m not most comfortable on any position, but it’s still okay. I can use every position on my handlebar. With that non uniform bend on old bar. I was only get comfortable on drops.. But not on hoods. It was not possible to drop the handlebar low enough that I could be comfortable on hoods. I like short reach. I have long arms, with positive ape index and quite narrow shoulders.. 40cm handlebar is god for me.

  47. glenn oc on June 21, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    As you mentioned about people with smallnor medium hands, we tend to position the shifter for reach in the drops.
    My hands are medium and my bar reach is short so I found the shifter is somewhere in between.

  48. hawk72 on June 21, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    This was a great video. I went and changed my setup, as the bars/hoods were level and I constantly found I was hunching my right shoulder. Changed the setup to roll the bars down and move the hoods up with a slight up-angle. First ride and immediately noticed I wasn’t hunching, but was also able to get lower when holding the hoods and getting the forearms lower. The heel of my hands would sit comfortably in the hollow created by the forward rolled bar and the up-tilt on the hoods. Thanks Neill!

  49. Wei Wang on June 21, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    so hoods for single speed bikes are still short and small, what should I do when using them on a modern handle bar? flat?

  50. Lee on June 21, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Mind blown 🤯 You know when you know something is wrong but you can’t put your finger on it… Cheers for the content guys 👍👏🏼 That’s my job for today.