Your position may be the culprit if your lower back and shoulders hurt after a bike ride. Besides preventing the pain of a wrong position on the bike, practicing proper posture can help prevent injuries and experience maximum benefits from your regular bicycle. Because the posture correction may take several sessions bicycle for best results, use all sessions as an opportunity to practice and develop strength in the postural muscles.
– Place your hands on the handlebars. If elbows are slightly bent and hands rest on the handlebar or brake without stretching to reach them, the handle is in the correct position. However, if you feel you must try too far, you can move the seat forward or lower the handlebars. If your back arches as “C” to reach the handlebars, you may have to scroll down or push back the bike seat.
– Place your feet on the pedals slightly below the footpad below your toes. This area is known as the metatarsal arch. When the foot is placed correctly, the alignment must be correct on your knees and hips, which then leads to correcting the position of the back. Without good positioning of the feet, you may experience pain in the knee and lower back.
– Pedal forward until the leg facing the mirror is folded in its highest position. Check your form. The back should be slightly bent, and You should angle your thigh and knee downward. Imagine your back and knees were lines; the optimal position would be if they were drawing an angle of 45 degrees, according to Sport Bike. If your back is bent or your knee is almost touching the chest, adjusts the bike seat to leave more space between the torso and legs.
– Refine your shoulders slightly forward to help support the weight of your chest. This position will help relieve pressure on your neck, wrists, and hands to distribute the weight more evenly.