Bike Fitting ServicesA Body Position starts with an interview & an off the bike physical assessment where I screen to identify any tightness, weaknesses and structural asymmetries. This may highlight areas that can be further improved with dedicated physiotherapy, pedalling technique, cycling strength and conditioning sessions or, as I often do, Pilates. Both sessions are suitable for all types of bikes: road, touring, triathlon, time trial and MTB.
£165 ROAD / GRAVEL / MTB
£195 TRI / TT
On arrival we will have an interview discussing the requirements of your fit, I will look over your bike paying attention to the contact points for signs of wear. I will ask you to fill out a pre-fit questionnaire. While you’re filling out the questionnaire I will measure your current position (if you bring your bike). I will then carry out an off the bike assessments to determine your range of motion, what your flexibility is like and assess if you have a leg length discrepancy / resolve any lateral pelvic tilt displayed in your standing posture.
The Body Position Fit takes place on a Purely Custom fitting jig; all contact points can be altered dynamically in real time during this process.
By carrying the fit out on my fit jig; this fit removes any limitations caused by your current bike frame and is millimetre perfect, handle bars width, saddles and crank lengths can be easily altered during the fit.
This service is only available at my fit studio in Yeovil.
- rider experience
- injury history
- future goals
- An off the bike physical assessment
- cleat set up
- stance width (side-to-side)
- rotation and float
- insole assessment
- laser knee tracking
- saddle height
- saddle fore-aft
- handlebar height and fore-aft
- brake lever position
- bike measurements
- recommended exercises and suggested improvement
- crank length
- handlebar width
- saddle selection (if required)
- 3 month comfort guarantee*
Post fit, I will transpose the measurements from the jig to your current bike to add the measurements to an additional (same style) bike £40.
A Body Position fit is £165 for a road/gravel/mtb position (2-3 hours).
A Body Position fit is £195 for a triathlon/time trial bike (3-4).
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.