Riding Position Discovery
I know that some of you have talked about this before, but I made a discovery today that greatly improved my riding comfort and power. I had struggled with neck and back soreness, along with feeling like I had too much weight on my hands, and had tried everything in terms of saddle and bar adjustments.
Today, I made a simple change in my posture, and improved all of those issues. The change was simply that I made a conscious effort to sit more on the front of my sitbones, and not so much on the bottom of them. Another way to describe the feeling is that I felt like my navel was being pushed more down toward the saddle, rather than pointing straight out in front of me.
My logic went like this:
1. My neck feels sore from having to be bent back so much.
2. If I open my chest up more (or make my back a little concave, same difference), my neck doesn't have to bend back as far.
3. The easiest way to do that is to rock my hips more forward, so that I feel like I'm sitting more on the front of my sitbones, flattening my lower back.
Just that subtle adjustment in posture made a huge difference in my riding comfort immediately. Amazingly, it also took weight off of my hands, and put my hips in a better position to activate my glutes, resulting in an effortless gain in power (subjective, no power meter used).
Again, I know that many of you already knew this or did it instinctively, but I just wanted to throw it out there as a tip for the rest of us. It's just that so much is made of the importance of adjusting the fit of the bicycle, but if that is correct and the rider is still struggling, it might be that an adjustment of the rider is called for.