I have been biking pretty heavily all summer — back and forth from Brooklyn to Manhattan, about 5.5 miles from my apartment in Fort Greene to my office in Curry Hill. Sometimes twice in the same day, if I have a class or dance that evening. It’s been a great workout that I enjoy, but I’m starting to feel the wear and tear.
I feel the pain and achiness mostly in my upper back and shoulders, and especially in my wrists, which are often sore after even a short ride. It has been getting to the point that I was starting to dread my ride, which has never happened in my three decades of bike riding.
I posted on the forums on Yehoodi about it, cause there is bound to be a yehoodite who knows the answer. Fellow riders Shagbaby and Air suggested that my riding posture and hand position were causing too much pressure on my upper body, and that I needed to adjust my seat and handlebar positions. (Air linked me to this friendly video demonstration of the importance of getting your bike fitted for your body.)
I tried out Air and Shagbaby’s advice tonight, adjusting my seat down a few inches and trying to think of not putting so much pressure on my upper body. And — poof! — I found that my ride tonight was significantly more comfortable and enjoyable.
So get that bike fitted to your body! Your back (and everything else) will thank you!