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.