Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Setting up my new ride: Shhh don't tell the old ride
For this bike I am taking it to a physiotherapist who specializes in bike fitting. I have never done this with other bikes, but before I start buying handlebar stem risers and other doodads for my back and neck needs I thought I would consult a professional.
Because of my low back and neck problems I have always toured in a fairly upright position. This position has served me very well, but on rides more than 70 km I start to get uncomfortable in the saddle. I am not sure if a compromise position is possible or if I should get the risers and sit tall on the new Surly. I am hoping that the Jones Bar will also give me lots of riding hand positions for a varied and more comfortable ride.
April 23, 2016
Well that did not go as planned, but after a number of physio appointments my neck and knees are on the mend and Jo at North Park reconfigured my new bike to closely match the fit of my old one. The lesson here is that my body does not like change. I am taking one more full week off riding to make sure my knees are ok.
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