Bike fitting is much more than finding the optimal position on the bike. By analyzing the movement of the body, data from EMG and power meter, differences in muscle activation are often highlighted. A core strength exercise routine can help to improve muscle control and overall cycling technique.
Body movement analysis is a bike fitting phase to collect information that together with physical evaluation often explain asymmetries in movements, sensorimotor differences and imbalances in muscle mass. In this case a functional leg length difference affect the pelvis stability/movement.
There has been a lot of chatting and debating about Thibaut Pinot compressed position, lower saddle during the Tour of the Alps. Changes in the training workload and preparation have had an impact on the saddle position for some pro-cyclists. It is important to remind that from a clinical point of view, lowering the saddle increase quadriceps activation and subsequentially pressure at the knee. Actually lowering the saddle increase the risk of patellofemoral knee pain. You can read more on this at Sella più bassa? Comanda la ricerca (disperata) di forza - bici.PRO
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Thanks to Massimo Iafisco for reporting this article to me.
What impact can have an imbalanced workload? Muscle fatigue, risk of injury, stress are some of the factors needed to measure to manage exercise workload. Thanks to Dr. Alison Grimaldi
Load management is not just doing less | Read more (dralisongrimaldi.com)
Distribution of body weight on the bike improves sustainability, performance and reduce discomforts and risk of injuries.
You can make improvements happen working on several areas: bike fitting, nutrition, training, sleeping management, core strength exercise and many more. Thanks to GCN for these 5 basic exercise to improve stability and posture on the bike.
Happy to have reserved my place and look forward to
Science & Cycling 2022, 28-29 June 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Science & Cycling is back to the tradition of taken place just before the start of the Tour de France.
2022 Conference - Science & Cycling (science-cycling.org)
My personal opinion:
Pros - better upper trunk and overall body stability, better aerodynamic position
Cons - it is not effortless to sustain this position, climbing in the standing position is not comfortable as having the hoods straight
It is helpful to know how to transfer your position to a new bike.
The following are the measurements to take:
3 Saddle Height
4 Saddle Setback
5 Handlebar Drop
Another way to transfer your position.
Thanks to Kevin Schmidt.
3 Measurements to Rule Them All. A simplified approach to ‘transfer’… | by Kevin Schmidt | Medium
Massimo Monticelli, osteopath intrigued by manual therapies with passion for cycling, biomechanics and bike fitting.