Three Traditional Riding Positions
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The primary importance in Bike-fit is to maximise your performance therefore it is crucial that you and your bike interact effectively (1). This is achieved by the bike-fit set up and body position to meet the specific cycling demands and needs of the individual rider (2). In most cases, cycle disciplines can fundamentally fit into one of the 3 classic body positions(3):
The recreational and commuting position
Sportive and road race position
Road Triathlon / aero position
However these three traditional body positions mentioned can also frequently overlap.
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