In the truest sense, the cockpit of your bike is the lynchpin between the bike and you. Because the handlebars are one of the three points of contact between the bike and the rider, they play an important role in comfort, steering precision, and safety. And, while the stem is often overlooked, it is also important for keeping you comfortable, in control, and safe on the road. The handlebars and stem must be mounted and adjusted precisely to ensure optimal performance. This article will give you with helpful hints for constructing and configuring your cockpit.