Lower Your Saddle for Descents
Even if you have your bike fit dialed, it helps to lower your saddle for the descents. A lower saddle brings down your center of gravity, which typically makes the bike feel more stable. It also allows you to shift your weight farther back over the rear wheel on steeper sections. "It really does make the bike more comfortable," says Wicks. Start by dropping your saddle an inch and see how it works. "You don't want to go all the way down," says Wicks. "You want some saddle height to be able to grab it with your legs and steady the bike." Some newer bikes come equipped with dropper posts, which allow you to adjust your saddle height on the fly. If you live in an area with steep descents, consider adding one to your bike.