Bikes need to be professionally set up to minimise the risk of knee, wrist or saddle injuries, particularly for cyclists planning to step up their number of hours on the road.
Sports doctor Sandra Mejak said many injuries were caused by a lack of knowledge and could be reduced relatively simply.
"We are not talking about traumatic injuries that occur in accidents - these are injuries that occur while riding a bike," Dr Mejak said.
Many knee injuries were caused by riding with gears that were too hard and they could be simply adjusted.
"Hand, wrist and saddle injuries could be caused by the height and tilt of the seat, or the positioning of handlebars - again, relatively minor adjustments could help.
"Good bike shops can provide excellent advice on the fit of the bike but, for those looking to ride for many hours, a qualified physiotherapist should be preferred."
Dr Mejak is one of several speakers at a Sports Medicine Australia symposium at Challenge Stadium tonight, discussing cycling injuries and how they can be reduced. A second symposium will be held next Tuesday.
Other symposium speakers will include physiotherapist Damian Oldmeadow, dietitian Felicity Willis and the WA Institute of Sport's cycling head coach, Darryl Benson.
Dr Mejak said there would be discussion of injuries suffered by the major clients of sports medicine professionals - the "weekend warriors".
"These are men and women who enjoy riding at weekends, often for a considerable distance", she said. "Many of their injuries - like numbness and chafing - can be relatively minor and might just result from not changing position as they ride."
Dr Mejak said some injuries, including prolonged numbness and even erectile dysfunction, could be more serious and required medical attention.
But she said cyclists should not be discouraged by the risk of injury.For more information on the symposium, which begins at 7.15pm, see wa.sma.org.au.
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