Hand Positions

Hand positions are never leaning down (like that of a person on tri-bike) nor are they leaning forward on the bars when the rider is out of the saddle.  The handle bars are there as a guide not as a way for you to rest.

Hand Position #1 – The rider’s hands will be comfortably resting in front with them close together.  It’s pretty rare that a teacher will tell riders to have their hands in this position because the closer your hands are together, the more it cuts off your oxygen/lung breathing capability.  On traditional Spinner Bikes there is a curved portion of the handlebars.  Your hands will go on the straight portion below it for position 1.

Hand Position #2 – The rider’s hands will be comfortably resting in front of them with a slightly wider grasp on the handlebars.  Some people like to hold the outside of the handlebars – this is fine as long as it’s not too far forward.  Hand position #3 (which I’ll get to) is never suggested while sitting down.  This hand position can be used while seated or out of the saddle.

Hand Position #3 – The rider’s hands are on the top portion of the handlebars and are gently gripping around the top.  Thumbs are typically wrapped around the handlebar.  This position should only be used when the rider is in a hill climb or running on a hill.

Here’s a link to the Spinning(TM) website with some more detailed info of the basics: http://www.spinning.com/en/training_tips

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