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How to adjust your position on the bike


Being well-positioned on your bike is essential to make the most of your practice. Here are some tips that will help you to avoid mistakes regarding the position to have on the handlebars and on the saddle.


Seat height

1/ Seat height

On the pedals, place your heels at the level of the pedal shaft and pull up the saddle until your leg is stretched at the bottom of the pedal revolution.

Seat height

2/ Seat height

Then reposition your foot so that the beginning of the first metatarsal (the first phalanx of your big toe) is at the axis's level, so you can see a slight flexion of your knee.

Saddle recoil

3/ Saddle recoil

With the cranks in the horizontal position and the foot in the pedaling position, pass the plumb line over the center of your kneecap. The plumb line must fall above the pedal shaft and if not, adjust the position of the saddle.
If you move out of the acceptable saddle positions (graduations on the rails of the saddle), it will be necessary to consider changing the saddle post to modify the recoil.

Lever orientation

4/ Lever orientation

In the pedaling position, the brake lever must fall naturally into the extension of your forearm.

Lever position

5 / Position of the lever

Depending on whether you are braking with 1 or 2 fingers, move the lever more or less away from the grip. Once your lever is correctly positioned and oriented, place your speed controls so that you can reach them naturally without wrist rotation. This position is the one that will cause the least trauma and that will allow you to be effective, both in pedaling and piloting.

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