Whether you cycle for fun or bike to work, your first concern about your own health when cycling will probably be about what happens if there’s an accident.
But have you also considered if your bike’s setup could be gradually causing a back injury?
Health experts say you need to pay attention to how low your handlebars are and how much strain this puts on your back.
”Posture on a bicycle is generally a matter of personal preference,” says orthopaedist Dr Christin Siebert, noting that what’s good for your back, legs or arms depends on various factors.
One factor is having a medical condition.
If you suffer from hip osteoarthritis, for instance, a saddle that’s too low can cause joint irritation as the greater bend in your legs will press the head of the femur or thigh bone, into the bone’s socket, she says.
This can be painful.