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Posture when riding a bike is important

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It is important to teach boys and girls the proper posture when riding a bicycle from an early age.

Adjusting the bike to their measurements and teaching them to sit correctly will help them develop good technique and avoid injury. In addition, having a proper posture will allow them to enjoy the activity of the bikebus more and increase their confidence on the bike.

It is essential to instill these good habits early on so that they become a natural part of their cycling experience as they grow.

Cycling is an enjoyable way to exercise and get around, but proper cycling posture is essential for maximum benefit.

In this video, we review some important points to take into account when adjusting your bike to your measurements and that of the little ones.

First of all, it is crucial to choose the right bike size for your body. Whether you're riding a mountain, road, electric, or gravel bike, it should be the right size for you.

Adjusting an ill-fitting bike will be difficult or impossible, and could lead to discomfort, injury, or reduced performance.

If you're not sure which bike size to choose, there are resources available to help you determine the correct fit: A professional biomechanic can accurately measure your body and adjust the bike's measurements to fit you perfectly.

However, if you experience significant discomfort or have physical problems, it is best to seek professional help.

Once you have the right size bike, there is a particular order to follow when fitting the various components of the bike. Each element influences the next, so it is essential to pay attention to the order.

The first element to adjust are the cleats. The position of the cleats in the shoe determines our position on the pedal and affects leg length and rotation, as well as power transfer to the drivetrain.

Next, we have the saddle, and the first adjustment to make is the height. Proper saddle height is critical for comfort and efficiency. Adjusting the seat height is the most important adjustment, and getting it right is essential. The fore/aft position and rake of the saddle should also be adjusted to find the ideal combination of height, trailing edge and rake for a proper pedaling position.

It is crucial to note that if the seat is tilted too far up or down, it can cause discomfort or numbness in the perineal area.

Finally, we have the handlebar, which determines the position of the arms and the back. Handlebar height and reach from the saddle are critical for comfort and control.

The optimal handlebar position will vary depending on the type of bike, rider flexibility, riding style, and other factors. It is essential to find a comfortable position that keeps the elbows and shoulders relaxed and avoids excessive trunk extension.

In conclusion, correctly adjusting your bike to your measurements is essential to enjoy the journey and avoid discomfort, injuries and reduced performance.

Choosing the right bike size, fitting your cleats, saddle and handlebars in the correct order, and finding a comfortable riding position are all critical steps in achieving the optimal cycling experience.

If you are unsure about any of these settings, seek professional help to ensure that you are doing it correctly.

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