Americanii plătesc mii de dolari ca să cumpere o biciletă care merge mai ușor, iar apoi plătsc cea mai scumpă biciletă staționară ca să meargă ,,înfrânată“, imitând urcușul istovitor.
O bicicletă scumpă care să meargă ușor de drum + o bicicletă scumpă care să meargă greu acasă = o groază de bani aruncați!
Cumpărați o bicicletă care merge greu și veți face ,,exercise“ în același timp !!!
Riding with a balanced and relaxed body position may seem like a basic skill for a road cyclist, but it is something that even experienced riders struggle with and can cause frustration for beginner roadies. After getting a professional bike fit, proper body position is usually the next thing we look at when diagnosing pain while riding. It may sound simple, but reminding yourself to relax your shoulders while out on a long ride or hard effort could save you from nasty neck pain the following day.
What is a Good Neutral Position on a Road Bike?
A good neutral riding position starts with the head and goes all the way to your feet. On long rides, check in occasionally with your body position to make sure you haven’t drifted back into bad habits.
- Relax your shoulders and bring them down, away from your ears. If you have been pushing hard on a climb, you may notice those shoulders stiffen and start to creep up again.
- Lowering your shoulders away from your ears will free up your head, making it easier to turn and look for traffic and actually helps you stay more alert!
- Bend your elbows! Just like on a mountain bike, riding with relaxed, bent elbows allows your arms to act like suspension. If you hit a pot hole or bump in the road, your arms can help you absorb impact. Unlike mountain bike body position, your elbows should be tucked into your sides instead of out wide like wings. Keeping your elbows bent will also reduce strain in your shoulders and allow you to ride with less pressure in your hands.
- There should not, however, be a bend in your wrists. Maintain a straight line from your elbow through your fingers on the brakes. If this is hard, it might be a bike setup issue you should discuss brake lever and hood position with your professional bike fitter.
- Maintain a neutral spine. What does that mean? Well, it’s kind of like yoga. If you are familiar with the Cat and Cow positions in yoga, either of those positions while in the saddle could cause pain down below and inefficiency on the bike. Your back should be relaxed, keeping a fairly straight line between your hips and your shoulders. The best way to check this position while you are riding is to ask yourself: Is my core engaged? If your abdominal muscles are taking a break while cycling, it could result in a slouched riding position that could put pressure on your hands, shoulders or parts of your crotch (eek)!
- Make sure your knee is tracking over the ball of your foot/pedal. If your knees are bowing out to the side when you ride, it may look a little funny and it will definitely cause inefficiency and pain.
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