I want to thank Robyn Stricoff, who attended our IC Instructor Insight Webinar on hand position, for this great question:
“Do you cue about 30% body weight on handlebars when out of saddle to prevent dumping and to make sure people have enough gear under their feet?”
There is a lot of confusion concerning how much force/weight we place on the handlebars when out of the saddle. This confusion also extends to the perceived “core” workout one receives while riding. In this article I will touch on both. Needless to say, the combination of physics, kinesiology, functional anatomy, and strength training principles that could be discussed would make for a very lengthy response. We’re going to keep it short (relatively) and shoot right to the point.
What Percentage of Our Body Weight Should Be Placed on the Handlebars When Standing?