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.
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.
Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1