As you probably know, I love mountain biking but mountain biking can be bad for you. I am not talking about crashing (which is definitely bad for you) but simply riding mountain bikes. Mountain biking, like many sports can be PART of a very healthy lifestyle. I stress the word “part” because mountain biking should not be your only form of exercise.
Your handlebars greatly effect the feel of you bike and how you bike handles. Sometimes bars that are comfortable for long rides aren’t the best for bike handling.
Mountain Bike Handlebars with a lot of back sweep (back sweep is how the handlebars point slightly back towards you, all mtb handlebars have some back sweep but most ae between 3 and 9 degrees, these bars are 11 to 37 degrees) hurt your bike handling!
Have your ever ridden an old 3 speed with bars that bend straight back towards you? They are very twitchy. These new bars are similar. The more back sweep a bar has the more it moves your elbows in, towards your body. This puts you in an nonathletic position (elbows in) where you can not resist side to side bar movement nor can you move quickly or efficiently.
If you were thinking these type bars might be an upgrade, they are not! As we have stated before, look for a wide bar, 720mm to 810mm and a short stem, 30-70mm long and you will have much more control (assuming you understand and ride in proper body position).
Create you most in control ride yet!
Wow, Zach might have out “life” designed me! First he started and built my favorite surf school in Costa Rica in his early 20’s then he starts a new venture reporting on cool learning vacations all over the world! If that wasn’t enough he has a very cool girlfriend sharing his travels with him. Check […]
It has been an amazing year so far and I am feeling more fortunate than ever to have such great coaches working for BetterRide and to meet and help so many riders improve and reach their goals. Here is a quick update on life at BetterRide. Coaches: Checkout this thread: http://www.bikemojo.com/speak/showthread.php?92241-Betterride-net I love what they […]
Maybe I should just let our certified coaches do all the coaching! I did my best to only invite riders who I felt were friendly, patient and good communicators to go through our certification process but they all continue to impress me with comments from their students. Checkout these two comments on facebook from Andy’s camp last weekend:
… The camp far exceeded my expectations. Learned so much. Time to practice.
… Andy, thanks so much! Me, my dad, Cole, and Chase had so much fun! I’m so much more ready to tackle the race season and put all my new techniques to use on the courses up here! Defiantly the best coach I’ve ever had in any sport and the most I’ve ever learned in 3 days.