Cycling is a sport that is accessible to all. Whether you take it from something that is a hobby to something that is a little more competitive, is all down to personal preference. Perhaps you would like to take your riding a little further. Maybe you want to be looking at increasing your speed and the distances that you cover. And, if you are a bigger rider, learning how heavier cyclists can be more efficient is a great way to get started.
Commonly, bigger riders will shy away from pursuing what they would really like to achieve with their cycling. We’re here to tell you that there is no need. By following some simple tips, as a big rider, you can increase your efficiency and achieve more. Here’s a look at how.
A professional bike fit
There are steps that we can take ourselves when it comes to the position of our bike. After all, we’re the ones that are riding so surely we know best when it comes to the position of the saddle and the handlebars? Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
As a bigger rider, you can be a more efficient rider by having a professional bike fit. Getting the right setup can have a hugely beneficial effect on your ride and see you achieving more.
Use your glutes
When it comes to pedal power, not all riders know where the force is actually coming from. The majority of the power that propels us comes from that downward pedal stroke and we give all that we can with our legs to build up our speed. If, as a bigger rider, you want to be more efficient, it is not just about the legs.
If you engage your glutes (the muscles around your butt), you’ll soon find that you achieve more power with only the same amount of effort. Don’t make riding all about your legs and you’ll soon see your efficiency improve.
Strengthen your core
As we have seen, peddle power is not just about the legs. As well as engaging your glutes, you can improve your efficiency by ensuring that you strengthen your core. Effectively, your legs are like levers and you can increase their power and efficiency by engaging your core.