In this video you'll learn how to ride in and out of the bike seat.
In this video you will learn how to ride in and out of the saddle.
It is important to be aware of these techniques as they can improve your riding efficiency considerably.
The two key positions are in the saddle and out of the saddle.
Riding in the saddle is the most comfortable riding position provided that the seat and the handlebar are well adjusted.
You can check out our videos on how to adjust the saddle, and the handlebars Remain seated on the saddle and hold the hood without gripping it tightly.
Pedal at around 70 to 100 revolutions per minute.
For long periods, riding in the saddle is the most efficient method.
When you need to accelerate, power yourself on a climb or simply relieve your lower back, you could ride out of the saddle.
Keep holding the hood and shift to a slightly harder gear.
Push off the saddle as the dominant leg hits the one o'clock position on the pedal.
Lean forward and keep looking ahead.
The hips should be in front of the saddle.
Once you are comfortable riding out of the saddle, rock the bike from side to side.
Push the bike to the opposite side of the leg which is in the 6 o'clock position and use your arms to help you.
This will put your bodyweight over the pedal and allow you to generate more power.
If you are sprinting you can hold the drops.
But remember, riding out of the saddle should be used for short durations.
Your bike will naturally fall back slightly as your lift yourself out of the saddle.
Make sure that there are no obstacles or other cyclists behind you before getting out of the saddle.
As you switch back to riding in the saddle, switch into an easier gear.
Enjoy your ride.