the physio bike fit

What is the physio bike fit?

The physio bike fit is a process of biomechanical  analysis refined over hundreds of bike fits using the knowledge gained over 25 years of  experience with the use of the latest advances in bike fitting technology and carried out by a Chartered Physiotherapist.

In short, think of it as a ‘Biomechanical Screen’ for cyclists and tri-athletes.

The process

  • Starting at first contact, your needs are discussed to gain an understanding of what you require from your fit.
  • A history form is completed to further understand your requirements prior to attending your fit, saving time on the day of the fit for the practical assessment and fit.
  • On arrival at the studio your bike (if you have one) is measured or the Waterford Masterfit bike is set up for you (if you don’t)
  • The fit starts with an active assessment of your movement patterns off the bike as this will help both you and the fitter understand how muscle tension, imbalance and relative weaknesses will affect your cycling.
  • Once the active part of the assessment is complete you will be asked to relax on the physio table and your muscle tension and joint range of motion will be assessed.
  • At all stages an open discussion of findings and what they mean to you as a cyclist will occur to better help your understanding of the fit.
  • The next step involves riding your bike, which is set up on a Cyclops Powerbeam Pro or Tacx Bushido. After a period of warm up you will be filmed simultaneously from the front and side. This is followed by an assessment of the HD footage in real time and slow motion. Lasers are used at this point to aid the process.
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  • Following the visual assessment both sides of your body are measured using the Retul system, which involves the attaching of LED harnesses to both sides of your body.
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  • Based on what has been learned from your history, the physical examination, the video and the measurements acquired from the Retul system – any required adjustments can now be made to your bike. An important point is that all this information is taken into account along with your comfort when making adjustments to the bike.
    • The general order of progress is based around;
      • Contact point alignment
        • The pedal-foot interface is key here
        • Any obvious gross anomalies are dealt with first
      • Saddle height adjustment
      • Saddle fore aft adjustment
      • Handlebar position
        • Bar rotation
        • Stem length and angle (we have adjustable stems to facilitate this).
      • Where required, in the shoe adjustments can be made.
  • Each time an adjustment is made the process of measurement is repeated to ensure that progress is being made.
  • Every adjustment is recorded as some Cyclists may not be able to obtain an optimal position on the bike due to injury or physical restriction. This is noted and a plan is devised for the Cyclist to work towards this.
  • The plan is likely to involve specific exercises based on the findings of the fit. It is not uncommon for the Cyclist to be made aware of the cause of an injury that they are suffering from that is actually distant from the injury site itself. As the process is geared to your understanding this will therefore not present as a surprise when explained.
  • If required there are other tools that can be employed to assist in the fitting process, including the use of Saddle Pressure Monitoring.
  • Once the fit has been completed, a full report is provided including any ongoing advice that is required to help in your progress.
  • Throughout the process, feedback is actively encouraged to ensure your comfort and so that you get from the fit, at the very least what you came here for.

What do our clients say about the physio fit?

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