For all the fun of cycling, it can be a dangerous sport when it comes to falls and repetitive injuries.
Keep cycling fun by discovering how to prevent common injuries impacting on your ride.
Whether you are interested in road cycling, MTB or velodrome cycling the principles are the SAME.
Riding Position Set Up A comfortable and efficient riding position is vital.
It is important that your bike is properly set-up and adjusted. If your bike is adjusted to suit your particular body size and shape you will then feel more relaxed and will be
able to ride longer distances with less effort.
The ball of your foot should be centred over the pedal axle. Small feet and high cadence pedallers place the ball of your foot slightly behind centre. If you have clipless pedals you can make this adjustment by clipping your shoes into the pedal and adjusting the cleat fixing bolts.
Your saddle top surface should be parallel with the road surface. Set the saddle height the following way: Sit on the saddle with the crank arm perpendicular to the ground and heel (shoes on) on the top of the pedal. Your leg should be in the straight “locked” position. Allow for oversized shoe heels or extra thick soles.
Saddle Front/Back Adjustment
Sit on your bike in your normal riding position with the cranks in the 3 and 9 o’clock position. Your saddle is correctly positioned when your tibial tuberosity (the bump at the top of the shin bone) is 1cm behind the pedal axle. You may need a plumb line and a helper to make this adjustment and you