If you decide to try out cycling to help with low back pain, here are some tips to keep injury free:
- Choose the right size bike – Straddling a proper-sized bike will leave approximately 1″ clearance between your groin and the top of the frame.
- Adjust the saddle so that in the bottom pedal position there is approximately a 10 degree bend in your knee
- Your stem height should be somewhere between parallel and 1″ lower than the top of your saddle.
- Padded bicycle shorts can help with comfort on long rides
- Wearing cycling gloves helps to relieve hand pressure
- Choose sunglasses with UV protection
- ALWAYS wear a helmet
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Source: Kaartinen S, Aaltonen S, Korhonen T, Rottensteiner M, Kujala UM, Kaprio J. Cross-sectional associations between the diversity of sport activities and the type of low back pain in adulthood. European Journal of Sport Science. 2019 Dec 19(just-accepted):1-9.