Bike Fit Issues
The information presented here is by no means substitution for medical advice and assumes the rider does not have any preexisting medical conditions.
These tips are just a scratch on the surface of the world of bike fitting are merely pointers that might help with problems you may have. They will not alleviate the symptoms associated with leg length discrepancy, any form of disc herniation, degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis. If you have any of these you should have your bike properly fitted by a professional fitter with some medical training.
If your symptoms persist, you have pain, or you lose any sensation in your body then it is best to see a doctor.
As a rule of thumb, remember that soreness is usually due to muscle overuse or strain and pain is something more serious. If you experience pain while riding, please consult a medical professional.
Some general bike fit advice:
- You should be comfortable on your bike for the duration of the event that you are training for
- Handlebars, brake hoods and saddles should be level to the ground
- Position on the brake hoods and the handlebar drops should both be comfortable
- Your wrists should be as neutral as possible and not bent excessively in any direction otherwise.
- Your knees and elbows should never be fully extended
- Your weight should be distributed between the front and back of the bike by the ratio of approximately 60:40