Who can benefit from a bike fitting?
Whether you are a competitive cyclist challenging for top places in races, a club rider, recreational rider, taking part in a charity bike ride or even if you commute to work, a bike fit can help you get the most out of your bike and reduce your chances of sustaining an injury through poor positioning on the bike.
The top cycling teams in the world and pro tour pelotons use bike fitting systems to make sure that riders are in a biomechanical advantageous position to gain the most efficient position to maximise their power production.
BikeFixx’s Bob has in the past spent a large amount of time at Team Sky Training Camps as one of the members of the Bike fitting team ensuring that the riders were in the best possible position to get the maximum power and endurance from the professionals. You don’t have to be a superstar to have a bike fit; anyone who races at a competitive level – whether that is against others or against your own personal bests should consider having a bike fit. We see many athletes who although they feel are in a good position, once they have a bike fit realise that they could optimise it and have found beneficial results from the process.
As well as a possible performance improvement, there is also scope to reduce your chances of injury. A bike which is not set up ideally for you can lead to increased stress and strain through the body which could lead to tissue breakdown, injury and pain. A professional bike fit can get you into a position which will even out the stresses through the tissues throughout your arms, legs, back and trunk therefore decreasing the possibility of overloading a specific area of your body.
Anybody who rides a bike regularly could therefore benefit from having a bike fit to check that their set up on the bike is not leading to excessive strains through the body.
If you are currently injured or have had an injury in the past you would benefit from getting your bike checked to see if your position on the bike has had an influence on your injury.