This guide will talk you through how to set up your road bike position with a DIY bike fit – including frame size, saddle height and handlebar position – so you can ride comfortably, efficiently and injury-free.
A bike set up to fit you properly can increase speed and comfort, but more importantly, it’ll help you become a life-long cyclist – you’re less likely to stick with cycling if just riding your bike makes you uncomfortable or, worse still, injures you.
A major misconception of bicycles is that they fit right out of the box. You might get lucky, but more than likely you’ll need to try a few different positions to find the one that works for you. You might even have to assemble the bike yourself if you’ve bought it online.
If you’re new to cycling or are building up your mileage , you should expect to be a little achy – it will take a period of time for your body to adapt to the new strains and positions that riding demands.
However, you shouldn’t be in pain or picking up cycling injuries while riding your bike. Either is a sure sign that something is wrong.
There are a number of ways you can tweak the fit of your bike and all are within the reach of even the most inexperienced home mechanic.
In your quest to find the right riding position, be prepared to try new saddles, different length stems , or possibly even different handlebars. If you’re serious about your […]