When cycling, comfort should always come first, so be sure to choose a bike that fits your size. In addition, the correct riding posture can also ensure that you reduce unnecessary pain after long-distance riding.
Cycling with a relaxed posture is a correct riding position. Cycling with balance and a relaxed body position may seem like an essential skill for road cyclists, but even for veterans, in the second half of a long ride, It’s also hard to do that. A proper riding position is essential if you want to reduce unnecessary pain.
For the correct riding posture, it is necessary to ensure that these 6 points are in the correct position.
1.Relax your shoulders and move them as far away from your ears as possible. If the two are in close proximity, it can put stress on your shoulders, neck, and back.
2.Keep your neck as relaxed as possible, and the way to get your neck relaxed involves keeping your ears away from your shoulders, which also allows your head to relax more and maintain a higher level of alertness.
3.Bend your elbows. Like a Blitz rider, your elbows are slightly bent, and bent elbows have a shock-absorbing effect. When you hit a pothole on the road, your arm helps you absorb the impact. Keeping your elbows bent also reduces the stress on your shoulders, allowing you to ride with less stress on your hands.
4.The wrist should not be bent. It should be ensured that the elbow to the finger is in a straight line. If it is not, it may be a problem with the setting of the bicycle. You should adjust the setting of the bicycle.
5.Keep your spine neutral. Your back should be relaxed, maintaining a straight line between your hips and shoulders. If your abdominal muscles are at rest during riding, it may be that your riding posture is too “lazy”, which will put pressure on your hands, shoulders, or crotch, and you should ensure the normal operation of the entire core muscle group .
6.Make sure your knees are moving up and down, not side to side. When you have adjusted the correct seat height, your knees should not turn inwards or outwards when riding, which will put more pressure on the knees and be inefficient.
How to hold the handlebars correctly while riding.
One advantage of the bent handlebar design of road bikes is that there are 3 handlebars (maybe more if subdivided). Different riding environments should use different handles to make you more suitable for long-term riding.
Lower position: It is suitable for use when going downhill. When you put your hands in the lower position, your center of gravity will be lowered, and the pressure on the front wheel will also increase, which can increase the traction and balance of the bicycle when going downhill. Due to the principle of leverage, the braking effect of the lower bar is better.
Brake shift lever position: This is the position most commonly used by riders. This position can easily brake and shift gears.
Top bar position: Suitable for good road conditions, no other traffic obstacles, or long and stable climbing sections, this is a relatively relaxed riding position, which can help you recover and breathe easier. However, due to the distance from the brake lever, you cannot brake in time, so please do not use this posture in complex traffic conditions.
A well-fitting bicycle and the correct riding posture can make your ride happy.