Having the wrong set-up on your bike can cause a huge variety of issues from decreased speed/endurance, to numb hands/feet. However, did you know that even a correct bike set-up can cause injury if it's not the type of set-up that you need?
If you look at the bike set-ups above, neither one is wrong... or both are wrong, depending on how you look at it.
The set-up on the left is perfect for average commuter cycling, but creates WAY too much wind resistance for racing the increased power you'll need to produce will likely cause a serious quadriceps strain. The set-up on the right, however, is perfect for speed, but it puts WAY too much strain on the neck to do it every day - especially on roads where you need to look behind you, and especially if you're cycling with backpack. There is no safe way to commute in this position!
It's important, when getting a bike set-up for you, that it's set-up for the right purpose. If you're a racer, lie flat to the frame, if you're a commuter, sit high on the saddle, with a straight neck/back. If you're both, then learn how to switch between the 2.
For more information on bike set-up, email me directly via the contact page. For specific information on an injury you have, or for treatment, contact one of my clinics directly. You can find that information here.
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Dr Mitch Clark