Take the slap out: If you’re not comfortable shortening cables,
housing and brake hoses, you should have your local bike shop
do it for you. However, it needs to be done. Nearly every inexpensive bike that comes through our doors has cables that are way
too long. Cables and hoses should be long enough to allow the
front wheel to rotate 180 degrees in the event of a crash. If any of
them are longer than that, it’s time for a trip to the shop.
Own it: Customizing the cockpit makes any bike feel like your
own. We always move our levers about 1/2 to 1 inch in from the
inside of the grip collar so that our index finger goes right to the
hook at the end of the lever. This gives you more leverage on
the brake and also prevents the dreaded squished middle finger
when the lever is maxed out.