Testing a new bike is always a treat. But when you only have an hour on the new ride, it can be tough to get comfortable. Demo drivers do an exceptional job of dialing in suspension, and by then, they’ll have already threaded in your personal pedals. But there’s another touch point that’s just as personal. If you’ve grown attached to the grips on the bike you left at home, take them along for your next demo. Between pedals and grips, the new bike will feel like your daily driver, leaving you to focus on the merits of your test rig. Go ahead and take it fat to flat, roost corners and push it to the limits. When you’re about to purchase your dream bike, you’ll want that dream to feel as realistic as possible. Riding with your own grips and pedals will make it feel like home.

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