Bike Fitting  

Over recent years Physiotherapists and sports scientists have become much more aware of the importance of optimising cycling positions.  Our understanding of how the body interacts with the bike and the effect that this has on performance and injury is now much better understood.

After spending a large sum of money on a bike, many people struggle to achieve optimum performance due to aggravation of injuries or discomfort when riding.  Our bike fitting service will help you to overcome these problems and can also improve performance by placing your muscles in the position in which they can work most effectively.

What does a bike fit involve?

History Taking

We start by gaining a history of any current and previous injuries, alongside the amount and type of training you are doing.

Physical Assessment

The optimal cycling position is not the same for everyone.  The physical assessment identifies any biomechanical problems, joint restrictions, tight muscles or areas of weakness that may affect your position on the bike.  As physiotherapists we have many years experience in assessing these areas.

Motion Capture Analysis

Video capture is carried out from a variety of angles in order to assess your cycling position.  This is repeated follwoing adjustments to the bike and/or technique drills.

After your cycle fit

Alongside adjustments to the bike, it may be necessary to provide you with a program of exercises and cycling drills.  This often involves core and lower limb stability work and stretches to improve your ability to maintain your optimal position and ensure effective transfer of power to your pedals. You may be provided with a temporary set up while you work on these physical aspects.

Re-Assessment

As you work on area's of flexibility, strength and technique your position on the bike may change or you may be able to tolerate a more aerodynamic position.  For some it may therefore be necessary to arrange a follow-up session to make further adjustments to the bike or to progress your exercise programme.  This follow-up session would typically occur 6-8 weeks later.