There are a few simple adjustments that you can make to improve your comfort and efficiency when cycling. We teamed up with the Boardman Performance Centre to show you how simple adjustments can make a big difference. In this video series we look at how saddle height, saddle position and handlebar position can affect your ride and how adjusting them can improve your comfort on the bike.
How to get a comfortable and efficient fit on your bike
Finding the correct saddle height
Having your saddle at the correct height when cycling will help you to be more efficient as well as being more comfortable on the bike. The important thing to consider is that the three joints in your leg; ankle, knee and hip all move through a comfortable range of motion.
Dr. Barney Wainwright, Head of Science and Technology at the Boardman Performance Centre explains the important points to look out for when adjusting your saddle height and offers a simple, easy to follow technique to help you find your optimal saddle height.
Adjusting saddle position and angle
Once you have the correct saddle height there are a couple of other adjustments that you can make to improve your comfort on the bike.
In this video, we look at the fore/aft position as well as saddle angle. Head of Science and Technology at the Boardman Performance Centre, Dr. Barney Wainwright explains how fine-tuning your saddle position can improve your comfort on the bike.
Finding the best handlebar position
Handlebar set up is fundamental to your comfort on the bike. Handlebar position affects your reach which is how stretched out you feel on the bike. In this video Dr. Barney Wainwright highlights the key indications of whether bars are in the optimal position for you or not your and what you can do to remedy this.
There are two things that you can do change your handlebar position. Stack height is the height of your handlebars. This a very simple adjustment to make. Changing you stem for a longer or shorter on is the other way to change your handlebar position. This is easy to do and is a very cost-effective upgrade for improving comfort.
Adjusting the reach - helpful how to guides
Adjusting your stack height and stem length is easy, there are just a couple of practical things you need to know. You will need to know how to tighten your headset properly and may also need to know how to fit a stem properly. The how-to guides below show you how to do this in clear easy to follow steps.
When you adjust the stack height or change your stem you will need to loosen and re-tighten your headset. Your headset must be tightened properly for your bike to handle properly.
Your stem holds your handlebars securely to your bike, so you need to ensure that it’s fitted securely. This is easy to do, just follow the instructions in this step by step guide.
Boardman Performance Centre bike fit services
The adjustments outlined in this bike fitting guide are a good way to improve your comfort and efficiency on the bike. These adjustments will only take you so far though. If you want to take your riding to the next level or are experiencing discomfort while you ride, then a professional bike fit is what you need.
The Boardman Performance Centre offers a wide range of bike fitting packages which are designed to give you tangible performance benefits. Have a look at their booking page for more information on the services offered.