How to Keep Correct Cycling Posture
We’ve all seen the hunched-over cyclists pedaling away, resulting in a wrong cycling posture. This posture can cause long-term problems and impact your riding performance.
Here are some tips that will help you to have the correct cycling posture.
- Start by looking at your setup and making sure the seat is at the right height. Your seat should be high enough so that your legs have a small bent when they are at the bottom of the stroke. If your seat is too low, you will rock from side to side and put a strain on your knees and if it is too high you will find it difficult to pedal effectively.
- Once you have adjusted the seat, look at the handlebars. They should be level with the seat or slightly lower. This will help you to avoid neck and shoulder pain as well as give you more power when pedaling.
- It is important to keep a straight back when riding, do not hunch over the handlebars as this can lead to back pain. Instead, sit up tall and keep your shoulders relaxed. Remember to engage your core muscles to help support your back so you don’t get hemorrhoids.
- Check that your leg positioning is correct by placing your heel on the pedal in line with the ball of your foot. There should be a slight bend in your knee when doing this. This gives you a more powerful pedaling stroke and avoids injury.
- Point your toes downwards when cycling, this may feel unnatural at first but it will create a strong foundation for each pedal stroke while also avoiding strain on your calf muscles.
- Wearing the correct shoes is important for both comfort and performance while riding. Make sure they are snug but not too tight and that they provide support around the ankles.
- Aero bars can be helpful if you are looking to improve your speed but make sure you use them correctly to maintain good posture on the bike. When using aero bars, make sure you maintain an open chest and upright position to avoid causing strain on your back or neck
- Pay attention to your breathing and try to breathe deeply into your lungs. This will help you remain calm and avoid getting tense while riding.
- Make sure you evenly distribute your weight between both sides of the bike. If you are carrying any extra weight, cycling can be more challenging so focus on good form to improve your posture on the bike.
- Lastly, riding with good posture takes practice and requires concentration but it will become second nature with time.
By following these tips, you will be well on your way toward improving your cycling posture which will result in a more comfortable and efficient ride!