Colin’s Cycling Tips

With The New Forest Walking and Cycling Festival the 14 – 29 October 2023, we thought it would be good to re-share chiropractor Colin’s cycling tips. You may be a seasoned cyclist who recently participated in The New Forest Tour this September. Regularly cycle for fitness, stress management to exercise the kids, or simply, to get from A to B. However you cycle, there are a few things you can do to prevent injury and make sure that you can get the most from cycling.

Our chiropractor Colin enjoys many forms of cycling and being a spectator at key events. Last year, he took his family to see the track cycling events at the Commonwealth Games in London. And here’s a throwback to more challenging rides.

Colin says, “My cycling days. I loved climbing the 21K of the Tourmalet so much … I did it both ways. I took 2 hours (one way!) Marco Pantani (Il Pirata) took 34 mins (1 way!)

Colin shares the following tips to help make cycling an enjoyable way to keep fit and healthy.

  • Make sure the bike fits you: you should be able to rest your hands gently on the handlebars, so you are able to control the steering whilst sitting on the saddle.
  • The knee should be slightly bent when the peddle is at the bottom of the stroke. This should ensure no pelvic tilt when cycling.
  • Conversely, too low a saddle means you will have to push hard on the peddles and this may cause problems with your knees.
  • Never set the gear too low so it’s hard to push the peddles round. It is easier to spin faster on a lower gear than straining on a higher gear.
  • Make sure the saddle is comfortable.
  • Stay safe. Make sure you are visible on the roads, especially in the forest.

And remember, if pain and discomfort are preventing you from getting on your bike and enjoying life, BOOK ONLINE or call 01590 679560 for appointments with chiropractors Colin, Charlotte or Fiona, or massage therapist Hannah.

For acupuncture appointments, call Amanda directly on 07876 343 821. And for podiatry appointments, call Paul directly on 07857 137732.