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Road Cycling Can Cause Changes to the Shape of Your Back

There was a study (1) done in 2016 comparing 30 road cyclists with 30 mountain bikers and 30 non-cyclists. The cyclists in both groups had been cycling for 6 years and were of similar age and experience. 

The road cyclists showed significantly greater thoracic kyphosis and trunk inclination than did the mountain bikers and non-cyclists in a standing posture. 

This is the normal standing posture of the spine

On a road bike, the cycling posture was characterised by greater lumbar flexion and…

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