Whether you’re new to biking or you do it all the time, you may not have been fitted for a bike in some time. This is crucial, as comfort is one of the most important aspects of bike riding.
- Nerve Problems
Nerve and hand problems can range from an annoying but mild pain in your fingers or palms to numbness of a couple or all of your fingers, and even loss of strength. This is known as ulnar palsy or cyclist’s palsy, and is caused by pressure on your ulnar nerve. Back, shoulder, and neck problems are also affected by how your handlebars are positioned. That’s why it’s so important to have a comfortable position for your handlebars and switch them up regularly.
- Overuse Injuries
While many people set their saddle height to ensure they have a suitable knee extension, most people don’t measure the knee angle at the top of the pedal stroke. Not only does this massively impact your level of comfort during the ride, but it can contribute to a number of overuse injuries. You may find that a shorter crank puts less stress on your knees.
- Joint Pain
Unless you really work hard to find a comfortable riding position, you may end up with pain in your joints, particularly your Achilles tendons and knees. Once you’ve found the most comfortable position for you, stretch some arm warmers over your knees which will give you some stability and compression.
- Back problems
If you don’t have your handlebar at an optimal height, you may end up with some serious back problems. That’s because you can end up with too much weight on your hands, forcing your neck to bend into an uncomfortable position in order to see the road properly.
- Aches and Pains
Along with the above health problems, if your bike isn’t in a comfortable position, you’re likely to experience a range of aches and pains. This will mean that you’re less likely to go out for a ride, and you’re also less likely to enjoy yourself once you’re riding. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have the most comfortable riding position every time you ride.
How comfortable is your bike? Do you find yourself missing rides due to discomfort? If so, it may be time to find a new bike or get your bike professionally fitted. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.