Professional Bike Fit Services in Exeter and Yeovil
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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.

Saddle Fit

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.

Do I Need a Bike Fit?

Click the points on the image so see the key areas of a bike fit.

Back / Shoulders / Neck

  • Lower back (lumbar) pain
  • Thoracic spine discomfort
  • Shoulder discomfort - often left sided
    (this can end up quite debilitating post ride)
  • Neck ache (heavy head sensation)
  • Head aches due to neck tension

Saddle area

  • Penile numbness
  • Saddle sores
  • Pain along the perineum
  • Numbness in the glutes
  • Soft tissue discomfort/bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Soft tissue discomfort/bruising
  • Abrasions
  • Deep tissue pain around the sit bones (ischial tuberosity)
  • Constant hunting on the saddle for a more comfortable position

Upper leg

  • Quadricep overload often experienced just above the knee (vastus medialis)
  • A burning sensation in the outer quadricep (vastus lateralis)
  • IT Band Syndrome often causing pain above the knee (laterally)
  • Hamstring tightness/cramping during or post ride

Knee

  • Discomfort/pain above or below the knee cap (patella)
  • Discomfort/pain to the outside (lateral ligament) of the knee or the inside (medial ligament)
  • Knee discomfort post ride
  • A grinding sensation whilst riding

Lower leg

  • Sore/tight achillies
  • Calf tightness
  • Calf overload - forcing the rider to change seating position to back off on the calf
  • Calf cramping where the calf is unable to dissipate lactates effectively enough
  • A sense that there is uneven load on either the outside (lateral) or inside (medial) of the calf

Feet

  • Clawing of toes especially when seated climbing/pushing on numbness in toes
  • Loss of toe nails - often big toe
  • Hotfoot- a burning sensation through the ball of the foot (metatarsal heads)
  • Lateral pedalling, a sense that you are driving the pedals around with the outside of the foot
  • Foot numbness radiating from the outside (lateral edge) inwards

Arms & hands

  • Muscle overloading in the arms (biceps & triceps)
  • Pain and discomfort at the elbow
  • Fore arm tension (often on long descents)
  • Wrist ache
  • Pins and needles/numbness in the hand often radiating from the little finger inwards
What people say

Testimonials

Hi Nick, Thanks for the work on the Bike Fit I rode the Club 10 mile TT after the fit and was putting out more watts and consequently did a PB. The hip pain I was encountering was solved and no knee cap tracking issues on the 5 hour club run that was causing issues. So thanks again.

Luke
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Bike Fit Exeter & Yeovil
Yeovil, Somerset.

Tel: 07761 410053
Email: [email protected]