There are a lot of different things that you can do to improve the comfort of your bike – fitting wider tyres, switching to a more comfortable saddle, making the front end higher – but if you’re suffering from pain in your hands and wrists then it might be worth making sure that your shifters are positioned correctly.
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Unfortunately this is a little bit of a faff as it requires you to remove your bar tape if you want to make any significant changes to the position of the shifters, but once you’ve done this it’s a relatively simple process.
In fact, the only tool you need is either a 5mm Allen key or a T25 Torx key (depending on whether you’re using Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo shifters), plus a long straight edge from something like a broom handle to make sure that everything is lined up and positioned correctly. Watch the video above for a step-by-step guide on how to go about getting the perfect fit.
The only thing left to say is that although the method described in the video gives a rough guide as to how you should have your shifters positioned, this is also a matter of personal preference, so feel free to tweak and adjust if you want to change the height or the angle of the shifters.