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the most enjoyable hobbies available. Don’t let little nagging annoyances take away from your great ride. Learn the causes and fixes to cycling’s most basic discomforts. Before you ride, setup your bike to fit you. We encourage you to find a friend to help look at you on your bicycle and adjust your fit. If no one is available, use your phone and take video of you sitting and riding your bicycle. Look at the two riders Above. The rider on the right is in for some sore days. The excessive amount of bend to his legs is making his knee support all his effort at a very acute angle, which puts excess strain on the joint. His leaning over means his upper body weight is supported only by his lower back and arms, which results in a sore back, shoulder, arms, and painful hands. His low saddle overworks his quadriceps and doesn’t engage his gluteus or calf muscles, and his head is positioned so low he must crane his neck up aggressively just to see. This will result in a sore neck. The rider on the left is bending his leg at a wider angle which results in proper leg extension while pedaling, and incorporates all his muscles (helps with efficiency). To set saddle height: sit on your bike, place your heel on your pedal, and rotate the pedals backward. You want your leg completely extended while keeping your hips level (at the bottom of the pedal stroke your leg should be just barely locked out with your heel touching the pedal). If you find you aren’t getting complete extension raise your saddle, but lower it if you’re tilting your hip to reach the bottom of the pedal stroke. The rider on the left has more support as well. He is using his bone structure to support himself by adjusting his bar so his back is at an angle over 45 degrees from the ground. His arms extend at a 90-degree angle from his back with a very small bend to the elbow. He has adjusted his grips and controls to be in place when he reaches out to take the bar. He does not need to turn his wrist up or down to shift or brake. The rider on the left also has a very comfortable position for his head. He can see around and in front naturally without needing to stretch. Once you have a comfortable setup, you should experience hours upon hours of painless riding. If discomfort continues, then consult with your local bike shop. They are trained in advanced personal fitting techniques and can offer insights into potential causes of discomfort.
Published on Apr 15, 2017
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