• 12-26-2007
    NameTaken
    Holding Handlebars while biking
    So heres a funny question. While I'm biking wanna be able to shift and brake and still have a strong grip on my bars for when i hit a big bump, or to get my bike up and over obstacles.

    What is the correct way to hold brake levers, shifters, and grips? Which fingers for what?
  • 12-26-2007
    giantyukon
    Brake with your index finger while hard gripping the handlebars, I hold my handlebar like an F1 driver when they change gears
  • 12-26-2007
    Gruzovik
    One finger braking with the index fingers is the way to go - it might be a little awkward at first, but once you get used to it you'll wonder how you ever got around using 2 fingers. The amount of control you'll have increases dramatically. You need to have good brakes in order to have good stopping power with one finger. If you can, move your brake levers as far inward as you can (closer to the center of the bar) so your finger is pressing the outermost part of the lever, giving you the most leverage and hence - more braking power.
  • 12-26-2007
    edgonz
    Awesome advice!

    I was wondering the same.
  • 12-27-2007
    Ray Lee
    Thanks for the help
    I was as forming a bad habit of grabbing at the brakes, not much left holding the bars and would over brake.

    The F1 analogy is funny, I was able to drive a Star Mazda and after 4 laps I thought my forearms where going to fall off, its not as easy as they make it look :)



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    Ray