Get a grip: We’re also going to swap the grips, since the stock
ones don’t stay in place very well and have a “moto-throttle”
effect. Grips are a very personal choice and are just as important
as a trusty pair of pedals for connecting you to the bike.
Right height: If your bike came with extra headset spacers, try
experimenting with different heights. Since the tall fork and 29-
inch front wheel made the bar feel too high to start with, we
moved two of the spacers to the top of the stem and dropped the
bar height by about a 1/2 inch.
Stay centered: Most stem and handlebar combinations have
markings to help you center the bar in the clamp. Pay close
attention to these when lining up the cockpit.
That sinking feeling: When removing the stem, be sure to support
the fork, because even if it sticks there for a second, the fork will
probably fall out and hit the garage floor hard if you don’t.
Like good wine: The smartest upgrade for a basic bike is one
that can be easily transferred when you finally upgrade the whole
bike. These ODI Ruffian half-waffle grips have been on about 30
different MBA test bikes. Once you find a pair of grips you like,
break them in like crazy, because expensive grips only get better