Cycling can be a lot of fun. But what happens when the aches and pain set in and performance declines? Well, it might be time for a bike fit.
A bike fitting can be a great solution to address specific problems that a cyclist may experience on the bike. But what should someone expect from a bike fitting?
Read on to learn more about it.
What Is A Bike Fit?
Bike fitting is the process of assessing a cyclist and their bike, and making adjustments to get the perfect fit. A bike fit can help the rider get into the most efficient and comfortable position on the bike, with the overall aim of improving both performance and enjoyment.
What Happens In A Bike Fit?
The bike fitting process may differ from place to place. Bike fitters range in experience, knowledge, tools, and technique. For that reason, it’s always best to consult a professional bike fitter to get the best outcome. In general, here’s what to expect in a bike fit:
An In-Depth Interview
The first step of a bike fit is an in-depth interview to understand the rider and their riding style. This will include a discussion about the current riding style (e.g., type, duration, frequency), the history of any injuries or discomfort, and the rider’s goals. Riding goals will differ from rider to rider, but may include:
- To resolve pain in a certain area of the body
- To optimise body position for performance
- To improve endurance for competition
- and more!
The assessment, tools, and techniques used by the fitter may vary. However, the assessment should include a review of the three contact points on the bike: the hands, the feet, and the saddle. Common assessments include:
- A review of the bike size
- Biomechanical screening
- Evaluation of the bike set up, including saddle height and handlebar position
- Analysis of riding technique
- Rider perspective
Based on the assessment, the bike fitter will adjust the bike and the rider position. However, the numbers don’t always dictate the optimal bike fit. A great bike fitter will consider both the data they collect and the overall picture to understand the relationship between the rider and their bike, and how to apply this information.
Once the adjustments are made, the bike fitter will do a post-fitting test. This test will depend on the time frame and equipment, but may include an analysis of the relevant performance indicators in different environments.
Revisions As Needed
Small changes can make a big difference. The bike fitter may make re-adjustments to get the optimal outcome. Additionally, the bike fitter may refer the rider to a relevant health professional, such as a physiotherapist, to address any specific deficits or muscle imbalances that were identified in the fitting.
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Always consult a health professional before starting any type of exercise program or using new training equipment.