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    Heavy Hands

    Hi, I'm pretty new to mtb and it's been about 2 months since I've bought my first real bike.

    I have read some tips about keeping your hands light when riding for better control of the bike and have been trying to get the hang of it.

    My problem is that I seem to have a hard time keeping my hands unweighted when riding along on a flat surface. I have noticed that if instead of grasping my handlebars with my palm and add just an inch or two to my reach with my knuckles it becomes much easier to keep my hands light. (leaning back slightly)

    Should I be looking for a solution to this in some form of adjustment on my bike or is it more likely my technique that needs work? both?

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    It sounds like you would benefit from a longer cockpit - that is, the distance from your saddle to your bars. There are different ways to accomplish this.

    Move your saddle back. If it's back all the way, an offset seat post can add up to an inch of rearward movement.

    Get a longer stem for your handlebar.

    Try rotating your bars forward a bit. You can only do this so much before the angle of the grips is no good.

    Also, look at the angle of your saddle. If it's nose down, it will tend to slide you into your bars.

    Experiment with the least expensive options first.
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    heavy feet light hands.

    A recommended read

    https://play.google.com/store/books/...d=_2wkch1SE3QC

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    You need a shorter stem not longer. You can see this by what happens when you change how you grip. With a shorter stem you could have your normal grip with you leaning back slightly.
    But you also need to be able to weight your front tire for traction in curves. It's a matter of balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    You need a shorter stem not longer. You can see this by what happens when you change how you grip. With a shorter stem you could have your normal grip with you leaning back slightly.
    But you also need to be able to weight your front tire for traction in curves. It's a matter of balance.
    Yup, I think I got that backwards. Just reverse everything I said.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotphill View Post
    heavy feet light hands.

    A recommended read

    https://play.google.com/store/books/...d=_2wkch1SE3QC
    Great read! Nice tips that could really help..

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    Thanks for the tips everyone

    I'm going to try and start with moving my seat forward slightly before I make a purchase of a new stem.

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    Usually there's a box of used stems at your lbs with the service guys for trying out.

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    WHat about adding a riser bar? Is your current handelbar "flat"?
    I too am searching answers to this topic...
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    I just moved my seat forward 3/8" to 1/2" and tried to make an effort to sit a little straighter. Been doing it for about a week and it seems OK so far. We'll see if the back starts hurting later on, but so far so good.

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    Is your handelbar flat or raised?
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    No, they are pretty flat. I have a Trek Mamba '13 (picture for reference)

    Heavy Hands-trek-mamba-2%5B1%5D.jpg

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