Prevent injury: due to the repetition of pedaling (approximately 3,000 – 5,000 rotations per hour) and the unnatural position of the spine while bicycling, many injuries will sneak up over time.
Improve performance: when your body is positioned properly and you have optimal pedal stroke alignment you will have greater efficiency and less fatigue.
Optimize comfort: a poor fit leads to impaired posture and biomechanics which can lead to discomfort or injury. Common pain related to improper bike fit includes; neck, low back, shoulders, elbows, hands, knees and saddle.
Your bike should fit your body: you can not have a proper bike fit without addressing individual posture, flexibility, lower extremity alignment and range of motion.
Achieve proper posture and biomechanics: proper fit and proper posture go hand in hand – you can’t have one without the other.
Check this list to choose a proper bike fit for you.
Every fit includes:
- Pre ride and or post fit ride with fitter for observation of rider on the bike. (weather permitting and optional)
- Extensive interview addressing medical history, surgeries, injuries and past/current discomfort on the bike.
- Consideration of individual goals and training.
- Comprehensive assessment of flexibility, range of motion, strength, posture, stability and alignment applied to cycling.
- Static or dynamic objective measurements of knee flexion and extension, knee over pedal, reach, saddle to handle bar drop, trunk and shoulder/arm angles and assessment of pedal-cleat interface.
- Addressing the pedal-cleat connection related to your pedal stroke, hip, knee and ankle alignment. Recommendations will be made about the appropriate pedal system, the need for footbeds or custom orthotics, in addition to the use of wedges, shims and pedal spacers.
- Recommendations for exercises to improve flexibility, strength and posture when appropriate.
- All data documented and saved in client file database.
- A follow up appointment within 3 months of initial fit on the same bike.