In years of cycling, skiing, running and almost constant movement I’ve noticed one consistent flaw in many across many activities. Looking down, I first noticed this teaching skiing, so many looking down at their skis when they need to look-up or down the slope and fall-line. Looking down creates a constant state of surprise regardless of your activity making you reactive and tense rather then proactive and relaxed. Had a ski-coach, a Pro Mogul Skier who put duct-tape on my ski tips. One said Look-Up the other Breath. So many forget to look-up or breath.
Apply this to your cycling, you will see a new world out there if you look where you are going not where you are. This will improve your confidence on the bike helping you know what’s ahead of you sooner. While raising your eyes consider raising your seat to the appropriate height. If I had a million dollars for every, way too low seat out there I could retire with two bikes. If needed raising your seat will add to your improved view down the road not to mention the added power from utilizing the entire length of your legs resulting in greater muscle efficiency.
This bring me to Bar Ends, I strongly recommend straight bar ends on straight handle-bars, the additional power/torque gained from this simple and affordable up-grade will impress you. It’s this vertical power in alignment with your quads creating a real synergy of efforts. Additionally bar-ends make a great climbing-asset positioning your body mass more forward when out of the saddle. The versatility of bar-ends will enlighten all your cycling efforts. Keep in mind I ride a hybrid-mountain-bike. Check out this YouTube clip https://youtu.be/-2weEbFR7m8
A consistent theme here is Look-Up In Life or you’ll miss all the best parts and people while looking at the ground. So look up or life will pass you by quickly. You’ll enjoy the enlightening view up here.
Good thing riding a bicycle is as easy as riding a bicycle. ~ Becca Droz,