5 signs that you are badly positioned on the bike
Am I sitting incorrectly on the bike? Sometimes that question comes to mind.
If there is pain in the neck, back or knee, saddle sores or numbness in the hands or feet, our bike probably isn’t adjusted as perfectly as it could be.
In addition to being a health concern, good saddle positioning improves the efficiency and aerodynamics of cycling and makes us faster.
So, let’s see what 5 signs can tell us that we are in the wrong position on the bike and the best remedy for it.
1. Nech pain
We may be leant forward too much because the handlebar stem is too long, the saddle is too far back or the handlebar is too low.
You can then try to replace the stem by using a shorter one, as well as moving the position of the saddle forward. The same goes for the handlebar height.
2. Feet and ankles
The position of the cleats is an obvious cause of pain, as is the size of the shoe, but saddle height is also part of the problem. If your feet hurt, then either your shoes are too narrow or the position of the cleats is incorrect or the saddle height is too high.
3. Tingling hands
We know how to put our hands on the handlebars and we don’t seem to be doing anything wrong. And yet, after 20 minutes, the same tingling feeling starts. Strange thing: the handlebars look perfect!
This is the classic reflex pain: the problem could be in the saddle.
If the saddle is too far back or tilted slightly downwards, it is likely that our centre of gravity is too far forward and our hands are unloading all the weight. Adjusting your position will be the only solution.
4. The knee
f we have knee pain the cause is probably that the saddle is too high, but it could also be the position of the cleats.
5. Lumbar pain
While all the other aspects seen so far are problems due to poor positioning, lower back pain can also be caused by poor training of the muscles in that area. Often it is a pain that only occurs because we are not yet ready to ride for many hours or because we are facing a climb with very tense muscles and without being prepared. Exercises in the abdominal and lower back areas can help.
6. The remedy
There’s little to say. The only remedy is the saddle positioning. Trust a good bike fitting centre and you’ll see your pains disappear.
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