Jul 15, 2012
Last week, in an attempt to mix up my exercise regime I went to my first spin class for a very long time. 45 minutes of gruelling hills and sprint tracks and I walked out acutely aware of my aching quads, sore stiff upper back and tender buttocks!
Cycling is promoted as a great low impact knee-sparing form of exercise and when compared to pounding the pavement this may stand true. However given its repetitive nature, with riders averaging 5000 revolutions per hour, you open yourself up to a spectrum of overuse injuries particularly affecting the knees.
Whether you’re riding to the local store, in your week spin class or in the Tour de France your bike needs to fit you! Not only can this help prevent overuse injuries from occurring it can make you a more efficient and faster rider.
Here are a few things every rider should check about their bike setup
If you are a regular ‘spinner’ some of these settings obviously can’t be changed. You can however adjust the seat height and handlebar height to suit your specific needs and to ensure you have the best possible riding posture.
So remember we all have different body shapes, biomechanics and preferences so everyone’s bike set-up needs to be unique. Try making these adjustments to avoid the recipe for injury; riding too far, too fast or too soon and on the wrong bike.
Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for my blog on the common injuries in cycling.
P.S. GO CADEL