You may wish to ride longer or preparing for a multiple day cycling trip or improve your performances and have less chances to get injured or just set your bike right for you. Cycling is based on a repetition of movements and if your position on the saddle is not optimal, posture adaptation, strain and risk of trauma increases. Finding the optimal position on the bike is fundamental to reducing discomforts, increase your endurance ability and boost your performance.
The initial bike fit session lasts 2-3 hours and consist of a consultation, video recording, motion analysis, physical assessment, cleat adjustments, position and cycling technique analysis, mechanical bike adjustments and video recording.
Bike fit starts with a conversation to figure out what is the aim of your bike fitting session. Whether you wish to improve your pedalling technique, enhance your performance or solve a long standing painful problem. Few more questions about your weekly mileage, future cycling event to attend, areas of tenderness, niggling problems, past injuries and medical history.
Video Recording and Motion Analysis
The bike fitting process require you to cycle on a turbo trainer on and off many times. You will be video recorded at the beginning of session with your original setting and at the end with the bike fit changes.
You will be asked to perform simply movements to assess your back, hips, knees and ankles flexibility. Also a specific foot analysis to evaluate your forefoot angle and arch height.
Shoes & Cleat Adjustments
Foundation of bike fitting is the shoe/pedal contact points. It is very important to fit the shoes on the pedals in order for the cyclist to do not feel any ankle, knee and hip constrains and avoid any adaptation movements.
Body Weight Distribution
Depending on your flexibility and aim of your bike fit, mechanical adjustment will be done. During this phase few technical devices will be aiding the process: Pedal cycling analysis with Elite Drivo Electromyography EMG recording quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes activation with Mbody Myontec and ANR wireless muscle sensor. Saddle pressure mapping recording high pressure areas on the saddle with Wiva device. Insole pressure mapping recording high pressure areas underneath the sole of foot with Wiva devices.
EMG Muscles activation recording
Saddle mapping pressure
Cycling Technique Analysis and Sensory-Motor Retraining
Bike Fitting is not just changing distances between bike parts. Changing your position on the bike is also an exercise for the nervous system. For example, very often performance improvements can be achieved by changing the position of the foot on the pedal and facilitating the transfer of force. Making these habits changes consists of reprogramming our brain in the necessary muscle activation and perception of the position of the leg, ankle and foot.
Bike Fit Report and Routine Exercise Plan
Your bike fit report will be sent to you after the session. It will help us to keep record of your post bike fit position with body angles and mechanical adjustments. Also, we'll discuss whether you would benefit of any exercise or stretching work and in case you'll be advised a routine exercise plan will be sent to you.