Biomechanical Bike Fitting
Your bike fit and pedalling style is to the cyclist what running gait is to the athlete; the movement foundation for comfort, efficiency, and optimal performance. The difference for us as cyclists is that the cycling movement is an unnatural one to the human body, needing an awareness of the potential problem areas as well as the potential solutions.
The bike fit that I offer looks at you on your current bike set up on a turbo trainer, assessing personal physical attributes that need to be taken into account, and then making adjustments to the bike where necessary to improve your position. My assessments will provide me with the information I need to give you a simple exercise program to follow, which we will work through as part of the bike fitting process, so you can go away with some exercises to improve your comfort, efficiency and performance on the bike too.
Over the last five years working on a collaborate bike fitting service at le beau velo, I have found that inflexibility is the most common biomechanical restriction for most riders trying to get in an ideal position. Many bike fitting services focus on changing the bike to resolve issues, whereas the service I offer (although making adjustments to position) emphasizes changing the body to better fit the bike. If you have had several bike fits, and have still not found a comfortable position, this may be the missing piece in the puzzle you have been looking for.
The exercises I prescribe will be personalised to my findings and also tailored to your current riding. They may consist of a recovery stretch program, to avoid you tightening up after your longest rides, or a ‘pre-ride’ stretch routine, to help you get into a better position to recruit all the relevant muscles when you get on the bike. There will be 6-8 exercises to work through, with an exercise instruction sheet with clear pictures and details for your reference.
I’m not in the business of selling bikes, but will give my my independent opinion on how to best fit your current ride, and what to look for in a future machine. In some instances, if the bike you are riding is not the right size or geometry for you, I will try to redirect you towards a more suitable option, or refer you to another bike fitter who is able to try different geometries that might fit you better.
Bike fitting price
A bike fit with me costs £150, and is a 2 hour booking