When you’re training prior to your departure, riding say ride
an hour or two a day, it may seem like your seat and handlebars adjustment
are just fine, but it’s quite a different experience to pound
out the miles day after day. In my experience, one of the most overlooked
adjustments is in the width of the bar. Most are set far too wide
to be comfortable for long distance touring. Imagine if you were crazy
enough to do push-ups, where would you place your hands? Directly
in front of you or way out to the sides? Try the push-up test and
you will see why it’s important to keep your bars the width
of your shoulders.
in the “old days” of bicycle touring it was common wisdom
that the handlebar and seat should be as close to level as possible.
With the advent of the “Ahead set” and more useable
length on the steering column this now is allows for more precise
adjustment. The ”stack height” under the stem can now
be adjusted in 1mm, 2.5mm or 5.mm increments.
and pedal are as important and the seat and bars. Consider the force
you are placing on each foot on average 75 times a minute. I was one
of those “clip less skeptics”. Now I can’t even
imagine riding without them and here why I think they are much safer.
You use the same motion to release the shoe from the pedal every time.
I hate to say this publicly and they are not paying to endorse them
but the Shimano pedals rock and I highly recommend using their Multi-Release