Reach – This is a little more variable to measure as everybody has different levels of flexibility and strength, not to mention the type of bike you are using. The main points that you need to remember when adjusting the handle bar position are:
• Straight back and slightly forward tilted pelvis (so your bottom sticks out)
• Pull your shoulder blades back
• Unlocked elbows and generally relaxed upper limbs (see picture 2).

Picture 2. Reach position as described above.

cycling set up 2

There are other things to consider such as cleat positioning, seat tilt and cranks but these basic two points are the most common that we encounter. These rules apply to any bike, including if you are cycling on a static bike at home and gym.
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