Over many hours in the saddle (translating into thousands of pedal strokes) relatively small changes in saddle, handlebar, and cleat positioning can result in big differences in your comfort and performance on the bike.
Being a physiotherapist, I begin by finding out a brief history of biomechanical issues, injuries, and any complaints/concerns you have on your bike. We also discuss the type of rider you are and your goals on your bike. These things will all influence our decision making as we fit your bike.
The bike fit will start by looking at the power house or pedalling end of the bike. Here, we will fine tune the saddle placement to get you in a riding position that enables you to get the most power and optimal biomechanics on each pedal stroke. Together we can move the saddle up and down, forward and back, and adjust the tilt until we get the combination that creates the best connection between you and your bike.
Next, we will look at the front end. We can utilize a multi-adjustable stem to find the handlebar position that works the best for you, taking into consideration your flexibility, injuries/limitations/problems, and your riding goals.
We spend the rest of the session looking at the connection between your foot and the pedal. This involves adjusting the position of your cleats on your shoes as necessary to achieve the best alignment through your knee, hip and foot. This will help to optimize your pedal power and minimize stress on your joints. This may involve not only moving the cleats, but also using wedging if needed to improve your alignment over the pedal.
Of course, every person/bike combination will need varying amounts of attention in each of the areas we address. Riders on flat pedals do not require cleat manipulation, but we can still influence their alignment with insoles, in-the-shoe wedges, and mechanical advice from a physiotherapy perspective.
Each booking is a made for 2 hours to ensure we have the time to cover all aspects of the fit.
'Why get your bike fit?', a short video showing the process, what you can expect and how it will help you optimize your riding.