It's all a matter
of cycling style!

The right riding style

First of all you have to know which riding style you prefer.
We show you a range of options using four types of bicycles.

Classic (Dutch) bike position

City bike position

Trekking bike position

Sporty position

Classic (Dutch) bike position

Classic (Dutch) bike position

Do you prefer riding at a moderate speed?
On a classic bike you sit comfortably. Your posture is upright, almost vertical (90° angle to the ground). The handlebars and grips are very close to the torso.

Advantage:

The stress on the arms and hands is very low.

Disadvantage:

All the weight rests on the buttocks.

City bike position

City bike position

Do you prefer to cycle short distances?
The city bike gives the rider a good view of the traffic. You sit with a slightly inclined torso (approx. 60° to 70° angle to the ground). All city bikes have high handlebars.

Advantage:

The upright posture gives the rider a good view of the traffic.

Power can be firmly applied to the pedal.

Disadvantage:

The high seat can easily tempt one to slump in the saddle.

The arms are often held straight to grip the high handlebars. This leads to cramped shoulders and pain in the hands.

Trekking bike position

Trekking bike position

Do you prefer to go out on longer runs and want to cover ground fast?
The trekking bike is particularly well suited to longer rides. Here the torso is distinctly inclined (30° to 60° angle to the ground). The distance between the handlebars and the saddle is relatively large.

Advantage:

The shoulders, back of the neck and hands take a greater share in supporting the load, resulting in a more versatile riding style. Relieves pressure on the back, spine and buttocks, which is especially important when riding longer distances.

Disadvantage:

The muscles need training to withstand this load comfortably.

Sporty position

Sporty position

Do you like a sporting challenge?
On a sports bike you ride fast-paced with power in mind. You sit with a strongly inclined torso (15° to 30° angle to the ground). The saddle is higher than the handlebars.

Advantage:

Optimal power transmission.

Aerodynamic, low air resistance.

Disadvantage:

Not suitable for cycling in everyday traffic. The body is continuously tensed to performance level.

Demands highly trained areas of muscle (back, legs, shoulders, stomach).

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