I am relatively new to road biking – biking in general for that matter – and I am no young flatbelly. I purchased a bike, that with a few upgrades, is in the $1500 price range. I’m not going to mention the brand, because I don’t want this to go in that direction. I’m convinced that several manufacturers sell bikes of virtually equal quality in each price range.
With that backdrop, I believe I am progressing at a good rate. My skills increase with each ride – which now average about 30 miles, three times per week – and a few more turns on a trainer. The area, which gives me some concern, is this: I can go along with both hands somewhere on the bars with very good control. HOWEVER, when I remove one hand, things get a bit dicey. (For example, going for a frame mount water bottle is something I do only in total isolation).
The reason for my concern is that I keep thinking perhaps it’s not me but the setup or perhaps even components. A few basics which may be pertinent:
Total bike weigh before saddle bag 18.5
Tire size 700x23
Handlebars 40” Bontrager Race Lite Flattop
Frame size 52
Tires Conti GP3000
The bike has a flip-flop stem, which allows for setting the bars slightly higher - which is the case in my setup. Wheels are medium light – rider weight about 155. Saddle is positioned at a fraction above bar height – and about I” rear of center.
Basically my question is – does good handling come just through practice, or based on the limited information I have supplied, is there something in the setup which might contribute to my problem? Could the upward slant of the stem contribute to poor handling – as opposed to being flat?