Sometimes cycling is considered a painful sport but it is possible to understand the origin of pain and massively improving the quality of our ride.
Low back, buttock, neck, knees, feet, hips, wrists: All these part of body can suffer from pain, discomfort, pins and needles while we pedal. There is always an answer to these pains and possible action to take to resolve the problem, from improving our flexibility with exercises to change the stem.
Shorter cranks are very beneficial to avoid an extreme hip flexion when pedal at the top position. Also, the short length is helping an aerodynamic position.
Age, flexibility, weight changes have an impact on riding position. Time to time is important to perform a bike fit session.
A great story written on a narrow and steep road in north London by Mat Ilic.
Electromyography (EMG) analysis support the bike fitting process revealing muscles (quads, hams, glutes) activation during cycling. In this session EMG (see fig.1) revealed a decreased strength at left glute compared to right glute. This has impact on pedal stroke as you can see in fig.2 where is shown circa 30 watts difference between right and left pedal stroke.
Massimo Monticelli, osteopath intrigued by manual therapies with passion for cycling, biomechanics and bike fitting.