What is a bike fitting?
Bike fitting is the process of determining and implementing an ideal position on a bicycle.An ideal position varies from cyclist to cyclist. A bike fit can be done as a preventative measure to avoid injury or as a means of treating an injured cyclist by reducing stress on injured structures. It can also be focused on providing a cyclist with optimal aerodynamics and power. Ideally, every fit should make your position more efficient and safe.
Who can benefit from a bike fitting?
Short answer is, anyone! Cycling is one of the most recommended activities for patients after knee and hip surgeries. It is low impact and can provide a great form of cardiovascular activity. However, if the form, posture or equipment is less than ideal the potential exists for an overuse injury. A bike fit can support the work that your surgeon did, the therapy that you have gone through and prevent injury!
How does a bike fit work?
The process starts with a full physical/biomechanical examination and discussion of current symptoms on the bike. Then, a laser alignment system is set up while you ride on a trainer to observe joint measurements, postures and asymmetries in different planes of motion. There is constant feedback throughout the process to help adjust your riding and bike position.