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					Bike riding position Cycling, unlike running, doesn't put a to much strain on the body.
The constant pounding of the runner usually leads to joint problems. Cycling, on the
other hand, is relatively body friendly. Regular cycling however, does bring some
problems with it. This is because humans were not built to cycle. We were built to
walk upright with our feet on the land. When a human gets onto a bike, the weight
distribution of the body is changed, the back is bent and the neck raised in an unusual
way. If the riding position is bad, the neck will be subjected to unusual strain. Most
small aches experienced by cyclists are generally down to a poorly adjusted bike
leading to a poor cycling position. A few minor adjustments to the bike can fix most
problems before they become serious. Your riding position affects the alignment of
your neck and spine, get this wrong and you will be subjecting your body to
unnecessary strain. To reduce this, make sure your handlebar set up is right for you.
This simple adjustment requires little knowledge and few tools. The effect of the
adjustment is instant. Make sure your reach is comfortable. If you have to stretch to
reach your handlebars, your neck will be strained, as it is constantly craned to see
where you are going. Check that the handlebars are the right distance away from the
saddle for you and that they are at the right height. Adjusting your handlebars will
have the effect of making your riding position easy and strain free. Increasing
Handlebar Height You are limited how far you can adjust your handlebars with
current thread less stems, which clench directly to the fork steerer. Adjust the height
until you are comfortable with the position. You should not have to strain your neck,
and you should not feel any neck strain. Decreasing Reach Don't overstretch. Your
cycling position should be easy and you should not be straining your back. Reducing
the length of the stem will bring the bike closer to the saddle, reducing your reach.
Getting the right alliance of length and angle will create the best cycling position for
you. Take your time over this. The effort you invest in getting this accurate will pay
dividends on those long biking trips. Your whole cycling experience will be improved
once you have altered your bike to fit yourself. Lever Position This is important. Once
you have the height and angle adjusted, it's time to think about your levers. These too
have an effect on your riding position. If you place the levers high on the handlebars,
it will encourage a more upright cycling position. Your hands will naturally be placed
at the top of the levers. Be careful not to go so high that you struggle to reach the
brake levers from the bottom of the handlebar. You could also consider using "shallow
drop bars" also known as "compact drop bars." These bars reduce the distance from
the upper bar to the lower part. These bars allow a rider to use more of the different
hand positions because the change from the lower part of the bars to the upper is less
pronounced than on standard bars. These bars will permit the rider to ride for long
periods using the lowest part of the bars, normally reserved for short bursts of speed.
A lot of of the stresses and strains cyclists suffer from are down to inadequate cycling
position. Don't just wheel your bike out of the shop and start riding it. Make sure it is
set up right for you; the chances are it won't be when you first buy it. Get a friend to
help you set your riding position so you feel happy. A few simple adjustments can
make all the difference.

				
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