Correct riding position

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The angle of the cushion

The angle of the cushion should be roughly level. But there is no need to be too rigid, you can adjust it according to yourself. For example, some men feel that the front end of the seat cushion presses the perineum and causes pain during cycling. You can adjust the front end of the seat cushion slightly to reduce the pressure, about 10°. On the contrary, some people do not ride uphill very often, but like the fun of rushing downhill. When going downhill, because of the need to control the center of gravity, the rider often moves around the seat and behind the seat. At this time, it is best to Tilting the nose of the saddle up a few degrees, and lower the seat tube height will help improve the flexibility of the body on the saddle when going downhill.

The cushion height

The height of the seat cushion is the most important part of the bicycle setting, especially closely related to a knee injury and pedaling output. The cushion should be neither too high nor too low.

Too high will make the knee straight when pedaling, which is dangerous! Because cycling is a sport that requires frequent pedaling and turning of the legs, if the knees are straightened at this time, it will not only cause a “snap” in the pedaling, which will affect the continuity of the pedaling but also damage the knee joints and leg ligaments.

The height of the seat cushion should not be too low. Generally, beginners will adjust the seat cushion very low because they are not used to the riding posture with a high center of gravity. A little bit, but the thighs, calves, and knees cannot be stretched, which will not only make you not ride fast, but also cause wear and tear on muscles and joints after a long time.

It is suggested that you can check the measurement method on the Internet, or go directly to the car shop to ask the master to adjust it. After all, the masters are both experienced and professional.

The handlebar height

Adjusting the height and length of the handlebar is mainly to adjust the counterweight when the weight is pressed on the bicycle, and it will also affect the flexibility of the control. I often see many people who have no cycling experience. The riding posture is very similar to the posture of sitting on a stool. The upper body is upright, and you can feel that the center of gravity is on the waist and hips. Although it looks very comfortable, it will Too much body weight is placed on the buttocks (cushion), and after riding for a long time, you will feel pain and numbness in your crotch, because the spine is too “upright” and will directly face the impact from the ground, and your waist will become sore after riding for a long time Back pain, so when setting the length and height of the handlebars, you must remember the “Cycling Golden Triangle 333 Weight Principle”.

The elbow

During riding, the elbows should be bent at a certain angle, suspended in the air, and not stretched out like wings. If you encounter potholes or road bumps, your arms can absorb the impact and reduce the pressure on your shoulders. At the same time, bending your elbows can also increase your balance and reduce the risk of falling off the bike.

The shoulder

When riding, if the shoulders are shrugged or tense, it will cause back and neck pain. Therefore, the best way to relieve it is to keep the shoulders relaxed during the ride and not let the shoulders go to the ears to stretch in that direction.

Angle and position of the brake lever

Learning to brake is the first step to riding safely. The angle of the brake lever is also very important. The brake handle can generally be set between 35-45°, and the back of the hand and the forearm can be flat when riding. If the angle between the back of the hand and the forearm bends up or down too much, it means that the angle of the handle is wrong and needs to be readjusted. The correct angle can make the muscles of the arms and palms the most comfortable, relaxed, and quickest to respond.

It is not enough just to have the right angle of the brake handle, but also whether the fingers can be controlled correctly. Most of the current bicycle parts are based on the body shape of Europeans and Americans. Therefore, for Orientals, the size is often one size larger, which is “out of reach”. Fortunately, after years of evolution, most of the current brake handles have a very wide adjustment space. So just ask the owner of the store to adjust the position of the brake lever according to the size of your palm and the length of your fingers. Basically, the second joint of the index finger and middle finger can be placed firmly on the brake lever to be considered a pass. In addition, female riders with small palms must pay special attention to this! Don’t force yourself, that’s why I suggest everyone go to a car shop to buy a car. As long as there is something inappropriate, you can adjust it on the spot, or even replace it. The feeling of “integration of human and vehicle”.

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