There is no way to say this other than.
YOUR BIKE MUST BE ADJUSTED PROPERLY.
If your saddle is forward or tilted correctly:
If your seat post height is correct,
If your handle bars are too far away
If your brake Levers are too high.
Any of these conditions can rob you of your power and your comfort. Up to 40% of your power can be lost with a low seat position. Up to 20% of your power can be lost if your seat is close but not perfect.
Does your neck or wrist hurt while riding?
Do your knees hurt after a long ride?
They should not, it is an adjustment problem.
20 Minute Video, everything you need to know and what is really important when making your assembled bicycle or bare frame selection.
Quick Video about the basics of tuning your Front Fork.
Setting-up your Full Suspension bike
It is amazing to see all the limits of the bike hit in these Huck to Flat.
SRAM Twist- Shifters: Have you ever got your fingers caught in between the lever shifters on a mountain bike during a crash? After breaking fingers a few times I have converted all my bikes over to Twist-Shifters. They also clean up the cockpit area a bit. No little levers poking out at ya, and see how clean the handlebars look.
Ergo-Grips: When you are doing regular rides of 4 - 6 hours, every little comfort helps. These let you take the pressure off of your wrists. On Down-Hill Bombs, you will also have my better control of the steering. These properly position your wrist for better steering and braking.
Bar Ends/ Climbing Bars: When you stand on your pedals to get up that hill, you need to change your hand position to the climbing bars so you can stand. Also important on those long rides where you can get a few different hand positions, and rest your wrists.
Bonus: Nothing like a Bar End between Your Hand on a handlebar and that Tree you just steered into.
This Mount is on the Tire Side of the handlebars. Not on the inside of the bars. In a crash, you will most likely break the Garmin Mount with your knee.
The Bar-Fly brand mounts (and others) are designed to Break-Away on impact to protect the Garmin's foot-mount from breaking....
This is a link to a Comprehensive Bike-Packing list put together by these folks to help your Epic Ride. If you can pack for this ride of 567 miles, you can pack for any ride.
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