Why do I need a bike fit?
Whether you’re a racer, enjoy sportives, or simply cycle in order to stay fit, at BikeFit Exeter & Yeovil we’re 100 per cent committed to ensuring that your riding experience is as enjoyable as possible. Key to this, is making sure that your position on the bike is efficient, comfortable and takes account of any injury issues that you may have.
Our bike fitting service is designed to achieve your optimum, active riding position and uses video motion capture technology to consider the unique connection between your body and your bike. Having spent many years with bikes and riders from all disciplines, I am in a position to make sure your position is right, meaning you’ll be riding confidently and with less fatigue.
When should I get a bike fit?
WHEN BUYING A NEW BIKE
Knowing the nuances and measurements of your body can help guide your purchase to select a bike that better fits you from the start, enabling you to get the most out of your ride.
WHEN SETTING NEW GOALS
If you’re looking to increase your training volume or speed, a bespoke bike fit can help reduce your chances of injury and increase efficiency and power as you adapt to your new regiment.
IF YOUR FITNESS HAS IMPROVED
Have you made significant changes to your strength or flexibility recently? A bike fit can ensure that you continue to maximise your power, endurance and comfort.
What happens during a bike fit?
A Body Position fitting session typically takes around three hours, and is a personalised, one-on-one consultation with a professional, highly experienced and qualified specialist, designed to help you get the best from your ride.
During a pre-fit interview, we will discuss your experience and ambitions as a cyclist, as well as any past or current injury concerns. This is followed by an assessment of your flexibility, range of motion and lower leg structure.
From there, we move you on to your bike to assess and optimise your position, ensuring that your motion on the bike matches your body’s natural range. Here we pay particular attention to knee tracking – often a crucial factor in injury cure and prevention.
This is accomplished using markers, which are strategically placed on eight anatomical points of the rider: the wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, heel, and toe. As the rider pedals, our cameras gather real-time, three-dimensional data of the rider’s pedal strokes and movements. The rider’s data is compiled into a reader-friendly report for analysis by the fitter. The fitter can then assess the rider’s position and make necessary adjustments.
The fit information, comprising the rider’s personal profile, measurements from the fit, bike measurements, and the rider’s final fit position, are all stored on computer for future reference, in accordance with GDPR, making it easy to track historical fit data for the client.
What do i need to bring?
Please bring your normal riding kit – shoes, lycra bib-shorts, cycling jersey etc – and, of course, your bike. Note that motion capture technology relies on the rider wearing tight-fitting clothing and will not work accurately with loose fitting garments, three-quarter length shorts or tights. If the weather is warm you may also wish to bring a water bottle and towel, as the fitting process does involve a reasonable level of activity!
We would also ask that your bike and shoes/cleats are reasonably clean and that your seat-post moves freely within the seat tube – time spent freeing up a seized post may, unfortunately, have a negative impact on the time available for carrying out your fit.
Other Bike Fit Services
As an alternative to our Body Position fit, we also offer a more traditional level of fitting using your bike on a Smart trainer coupled with a BikeFit sizing stem. This enables us to set your bike up for your preferred riding style and your details are stored on our computer for future reference, in accordance with the GDPR. This level of fit is perfect for newer riders or someone who cycles less often.
Shoe, Cleat set up, including foot correction
During this service I check over your shoes ensuring they are the correct size and width and that they support your foot. Then we will set your cleats to the position that works for your style of riding.
I have a wide variety of test saddles during the saddle fit we will have a discussion about the style of riding you do and narrow down to a few saddles which will work for you. Then I will let you trial the saddle on the turbo trainer once you’re happy with the saddle, I take a deposit for the saddle and you test the saddle on the road.