Who’s guilty of warming up on the bike trainer or stationary bike sitting upright, hands free, scrolling through social media? Me! Riding upright in the saddle with unintended excessive lordosis (arch) in the lower back could cause back pain and injury (see photos above).
Mike Irwin, owner of BicycleFit Rx recently weighed in on this subject: "For triathletes, the nose of the saddle is purposefully adjusted in more of a downward tilt for proper fit, so sitting upright will tend to cause even more anterior pelvic tilt. Once the athlete starts pedaling in the upright position and the hips are moving, it forces the back into more extension (tilt)."
So, friends, be aware of proper posture when riding upright and use a strong core to stabilize and prevent back injury. Otherwise set that phone down and lean forward, hands or forearms on the bars!
Article Co-contributor: Mike Irwin