Roadbike Setup

Those new to cycling are often surprised by the impact an apparently small change in, for instance, saddle height can have on ride efficiency and comfort particularly over a longish ride.

Here follows a beginners guide to setting up a road bike, although much of this is also applicable to an MTB:

To fine tune the above you should get out on a clubrun and ask your clubmates what they think of your position, they will be able to advise then on further small changes.

The above will give you an efficient riding position and protect your tendons and joints from unnecessary punishment. You will of course still be a little sore on your first long ride as your body is really not used to it. Indeed there is more that can be said about general comfort:

(See the Jargon page for an explanation of any terms you are unfamiliar with)