One thing that seems to come back all the time in the “learning to ride” discussions is advice about posture.
Often there will eventually be a bit of discussion about the preferred posture being different during the early learning stages and the “more experienced” stage.
Sitting with a slight forward lean (not hunched) vs trying to sit up very straight.
I tend to agree that people that are still figuring out how to ride should not try to sit up very straight.
In my humble opinion this increases the risk of falling backwards because you have not developed the correct reflexes yet.
Once your body has figured out how to react properly (to bumps, speed changes, …) you can / will sit more upright.
As I was thinking about this I wondered how I typically ride.
Off-road I’ll ride with some forward lean.
I know that on-road I can ride, at constant speed on level ground, with the frame leaning forward (and the body backward) but this was just a test, inspired by reading other threads.
My normal posture? I’m not too sure.
So I decided to look through my images to determine my posture.
Feel free to share yours, perhaps mention your experience level too.
To keep things comparable let’s stick to on-road riding (no freestyle tricks etc) as this is what beginners will relate to.
Judging from my images I seem to sit up pretty straight.
But I do see that there is still an angle between the frame and my upper body.
Apparently I’m very relaxed here.
I’m a bit surprised by the relative “backward” lean since I’m actually riding uphill…
Image 2 and 3 are taken within one second by automated roadside cameras of Sportograph (as they were still setting up the equipment)