Learn About Handlebar Placement from Experts in Bicycle Service

Learn About Handlebar Placement from Experts in Bicycle Service

November 24, 2017

One of the best things about bicycles is that they are incredibly customizable. You can make adjustments and add onto them as necessary so that they fit your specific needs, and you can always count on a provider of bicycle service in Naples, FL to be able to help you with anything you don’t understand.

Depending on your preferences, what kind of terrain you ride in and what kind of riding you do, you might find that adjusting your handlebar placement can improve your performance and comfort. Understanding how handlebar placement affects your ride can help you determine what the best placement is for you so that you can adjust your ride to the perfect specifications.

Common issues with handlebars

One thing that many people don’t realize before they purchase a bike is that the handlebar, brakes and shifting mechanism are often not altered upon arriving at a bike shop from a manufacturer. Unfortunately, manufacturers won’t necessarily have these components properly calibrated; instead, these mechanisms are often adjusted for ease of shipping rather than the comfort of the rider.

In order to correct this, you will need to sit on your bike, loosen the handlebar and rotate until you have adjusted them to the most comfortable position. Many riders find that the best position is one where the lowest part of the handlebar is at a horizontal angle, but this can vary depending on your specific needs. After making this adjustment, it is likely that your shifters and brakes will be in an awkward position. You will need to unwrap and loosen these components and then secure them in a better position with a new roll of bar tape. Making these adjustments can make it much easier to access your shifters and brakes and make your ride more comfortable.

There are other common problems with handlebars that you should be aware of, including creaking, slipping and unevenness. Creaking is usually a problem associated with older steel bars, but it can occur in newer bars, too. It might be best to replace the bar altogether but you might also choose to remove the bar, clean it and apply liberal amounts of grease to resolve the creaking.

If your handlebars are slipping or if they are too tight, you can use a torque wrench to adjust them. Unevenness can be fixed pretty easily by measuring and making adjustments. Many of these adjustments can be made relatively easily, but there are certain aspects of handlebar placement that can be tricky. If you want a really accurate adjustment from someone who can help fit your bicycle and make adjustments that are designed to fit your needs, you are better off going in to see a professional who specializes in bicycle service in Naples, FL.

For bicycle sales, service, rentals and adjustments that you can depend on, come into Big Momma’s Bicycles today. We have been serving customers in the area for years and we continue to deliver an exceptional level of customer service and quality workmanship. Whether you want to fix up your old bicycle or you want to shop for something brand new, we would be more than happy to help you. Stop by and see us today!

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