Before I go out and break myself or bike trying it, does anyone have any advise on the proper way to jump a cross bike? I’m not talking about bunny-hopping barriers, but catching air on a big bump on a slope with a good transition for landing. My biggest concern is hand placement (hoods or drops?), the rest I think I’ve got down from mountain biking.
Years ago I thought I had it down, getting comfortable catching air while in the drops. But then one day...I snapped the down tube on my beloved Merckx. Several months later I dislocated my shoulder. Now that middle-age discretion kicks in more frequently, I try and keep the rubber closer to terra firma.
hoods work ok, tops are best. be careful though. so far this season I have snapped a carbon handlebar directly in half inside the stem clamp area (oops) and knocked all my stem bolts loose. I need to remember that just because its dirt track its not my bmx bike.