What happens during a bike fit session?
- We will run through an introduction and answer any questions that you may have before we start.
- Off the bike evaluation, this is described in more detail below and has the purpose of establishing what you bring to your bike by way of your current posture and physical make up.
- Initial video and measurement on the bike. This provides you with some answers to your initial questions and some valuable feedback as the vast majority of cyclists have never seen themselves on video before. Also provided is a useful baseline as to explain where we are starting. Both the video and the measurements are related back to what we have discovered during our off the bike evaluation process.
- Appropriate corrections. These start with the pedal foot interface unless we see something in the position or set-up that is vastly far from the ideal and would negate the effect of any more subtle correction. We only make one correction at a time and measure both sides of your body after each. This is partly to gain data but also so that you, the Cyclist, can assess how it feels. There is little value in making formulaic corrections at the expense of comfort.
- Finally, we summarise our findings together and consider a plan of action. This can vary from ‘just go and ride’ to ‘please stay off your bike and get some treatment now’. In reality most often the result is to go an ease into the new position and consider some corrective exercise as most of us spend too little time doing the dull muscle stretching and too much time sitting, albeit at a desk, in a car or on a train to and from our places of work. In some cases we need to consider a Bike Fit that is accommodative which may require a follow up in the future. This will depend on the individual, their personal aims and the amount of riding for example.
How long does it take
A full dynamic bike fit will take around 2 1/2 hours as you are examined prior to the fit and then on the bike, please make sure you can be here for 3 hours to avoid rushing.
What should I bring with me?
- Your Bike
- Your cycling Shoes
- Your close fitting cycling clothing, the better fitting your clothing, the more accurate the fit.
- If you have any neck issues, it may also be beneficial to bring your cycling helmet.
What can I expect?
- You will be greeted in private environment to carryout your fit.
- After a discussion of your needs and any specific questions, a brief examination of your overall flexibility will be carried out (with your cycling clothing on). This includes simple movements and some basic measurements.
- We will look at your shoes and cleats and discuss wear on these and your pedals.
- Once on your bike an HD video is taken so that we are able to look at your position together.
- Additional video may also be taken to assess your position from different angles.
- The position of your cleats is checked using a laser as a guide, this is done from the side and the front as required.
- After any required adjustments are made to your cleats, the Retul wireless harness is attached to you to allow dynamic measurement of your cycling position.
- This is carried out for both sides of your body and the results discussed.
- Once the results are discussed, any appropriate adjustments are made and the Retul dynamic measurement is repeated.
- You will be on your bike for up to 90 minutes with adjustments being made to your bike with the aim of achieving a comfortable and neutral fit.
- Once you are comfortable, your bike is measured and you are provided with these measurements and your reports.
- Importantly your are encouraged to provide feedback throughout the session and ask any questions that you have to increase your understanding of the process.