Bike Fitting Services
This is our most in-depth bike fitting service. Suited to riders looking for a new bike or doing more than 5 hours per week in the saddle and recommended to help with significant or multiple riding discomforts, medically diagnosed or chronic injuries. It is also ideal for performance and endurance athletes and for positional fine tuning. A session includes a thorough rider interview and a structural and muscular assessment. We will utilise some of the latest analysis technology to accurately assess your current riding position and evaluate changes throughout the session. Cleat adjustment is included.
I will then make an off the bike assessments to determine how well you function, what your flexibility is like and will then move on to assess leg length and resolve any lateral pelvic tilt displayed in standing posture.
Full body positioning takes place on a Purely Custom fitting jig; all contact points can be altered dynamically in real time during this process. By fitting on the jig, we take the limitations of your current bike out of the equation.This service is only available at my fit studio in Yeovil.
On your bike – “Your body and bike as one”
Our traditional bike fit, conducted mostly by eye with some assistance from video analysis and technology. A session includes
- A rider interview.
- Posture and flexibility assessment (functional and physiological).
- Close observation of you riding your bike on a SMART turbo trainer at varying effort levels to identify areas of adjustment required to improve the overall comfort and efficiency of your riding position.
- Cleat adjustment fore, aft and lateral, including float adjustment.
Post fit notes & recommendations including a digital report.
- Saddle Fit
I have a very wide range 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 fit the saddle to your bike or the jig and you can 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, for some real miles, after 2 weeks you can return and change the saddle or I can fit a new non test saddle.
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.
More than 99.99% of people need foot correction in their cycling shoes. Common statements from prospective fit clients can typically sound something like this.. “Oh I’m not that serious a cyclist” or “I don’t think I need that” which is nothing more than assumption based on a lack of understanding and maybe even confidence. Everyone needs it and that is why it is included in every fitting I undertake.
In so many cases relating to comfort on a bicycle – people just don’t know what they don’t know. We have not evolved to ride bicycles, it is an un natural activity and there is a proprioceptive connection we need to make between foot and brain if we want to optimise our performance on a bicycle whilst reducing our susceptibility to overuse injuries. When I say everyone needs it, we must think about what riding a bike means. You are riding a bike in a position just now and your saddle may be 40mm too high, it may be 40mm too low but you’re still riding your bike. The same can be said for foot correction, you may be riding your bike without it just now, so it is possible to do so, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t better with it, in the same as your saddle would be far better set at the correct saddle height.
During this service I check over your shoes ensuring they are the correct size and width, then we set up your cleats to a position that works for your position. Next, we ensure the shoe supports your foot, then to complete the set up we look at the pressure points within the shoes as you are pedal, using wedging to relieve the pressure as required.
Wedging can come in several forms. There are in the shoe (ITS) forefoot wedges which are positioned inside the shoe under the forefoot, cleat wedges – which are positioned between the cleat and the sole of the cycling shoe and heel wedges which as the title suggests are placed underneath the heel inside the shoe.
The kind of wedging you need and the numbers of wedges you need are individual to you and are dependent on whether arch support has been properly applied to begin with. There only is a correct number of wedges placed in the correct location which will help attain proprioceptive feedback from the feet and NOT – like many market driven services indicate – as many as are required to get you tracking properly.
This is a complex subject and again it is often implemented wrongly. The issue with doing this wrong is that it can will do more harm than good. The result of getting it right however, is stability of the foot, improved neural feedback from the feet and in turn improved biomechanics. These improvements increase efficiency and reduce the risk of overuse injuries.
N.B A good fitting, stiff soled cycling shoe really helps in achieving optimal foot correction and in many cases reduces a large many other foot related issues on a bicycle.
All services are offered in Yeovil at my fit studio, Exeter at the “health-house” or at your home unless stated otherwise*
*Fits at your location will be subject to a surcharge depending on distance, there is a minimum space requirement, please get in touch for details.