Why Get a Bike Fit?
Most cyclists wait to get a bike fit until they have extreme knee, neck, hips, shoulder, saddle discomfort, and/or lower back pain. With a poor bike fit (or lack of one), it is common to see your feet and hands going numb as well.
Good news is you don’t need to wait until you are in so much pain that you are ready to give up cycling. Get a bike fit now! A bike fit is the first step to pain-free cycling. So, skip that massage and contact us at Bike Fitness Coaching for a comprehensive bike fit!
Bike Sizing vs. Bike Fitting – Bike Fitness Coaching lives by the motto “Get a Bike Sizing First.” Once sized, you can purchase your new bike with confidence that it is the right size bike for you. Then, once you get your beautiful new bicycle, set up a bike fitting appointment with Bike Fitness Coaching and let us do the rest.
There are three components to cycling, (a) comfort, (b) aerodynamics and (c) power. Our philosophy parallels GURU’s where COMFORT is the most important fit factor. Why? Because if you are not comfortable, you cannot output as much power nor can you stay aero for long. We concentrate on comfort on ALL our bike fitting machines.
Speaking about bike fitting machines, we have 3 bike fitting/bike sizing machines and, based on your needs, we will help you choose the best option that will give you the perfect fit. We follow IBFI – International Bike Fitting Institute, GURU’s Range Of Right, Trek’s Precision Fit and the Medicine Of Cycling (MOC) methodologies, and we are fully certified in these as well.
Bike Fit Machines
1. The GURU DFU (Dynamic Fit Unit) is, as the name implies, a technology based on providing a “dynamic bike fit” where angles, power and comfort are evaluated in real-time as you pedal under a load.
2. We also have a hybrid “dynamic-static” fit system comprised of a Computrainer and your bicycle. Your power output is measured under load as well as your lower body and upper body angles.
3. Our Serotta Size Cycle provides you with pre-bike purchase information to assure that you have correct and complete information before making your purchase of your new right-sized bicycle.
Bike Fitness Coaching’s philosophy is to provide YOU with the best bike-fit possible so that you will be more comfortable and enjoy your time on the bicycle to the fullest.
Bike Fitness Coaching offers several packages as well as important related services, each designed to meet particular rider needs. These include;
* Advanced Bike Fit – for Comfort & Injury-Free Cycling
* Pedaling & Power Analysis – for Maximum Efficiency & Wattage Output
* In-Depth Pedal/Cleat/Shoe/Foot (PCSF) Fit – for Healthy Pain-Free Knees
* Shimano Di2 Firmware Programming, Firmware Updates/Upgrades
* Rotor Q-Rings Regulation Optimization – for Maximum Efficiency
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Each bike fit package involves a 3-step process including a PRE-FIT, BIKE FIT and a follow-up (2-4 week) POST-FIT / interview.
So, if you are seeking a solution to the pain and discomfort you experience while riding or, knowing that you are not maximizing your cycling potential, please contact us at your earliest convenience so that we can help make your cycling an enjoyable, rewarding and pain-free experience.
Our Pedaling Analysis service is a cost-effective way for you to gauge the efficiency of your pedal stroke. Pedaling Analysis assumes that you have already had our Bike Fit, so that we can concentrate on torque angles, power balance left-to-right, pedal stroke utilization analysis, equipment changes and fit modifications, all using Spin Scan on the Computrainer.
In conjunction with Pedaling Efficiency Analysis, Power Output is measured and documented. Recommended tweaks are made to bike sizing and bike fitting. Equipment modifications are implemented and new results are documented. All of this is followed up with post-analysis stretching recommendations, drills to perform and other workout recommendations.
IN-DEPTH PEDAL/CLEAT/SHOE/FOOT (PCSF) Fit:
For our next advanced bike fit service, I offer an in-depth pedal/cleat/shoe/foot fit. This is the single most important item to get correct since it sets the foundation for not only the rest of an advanced bike fit, but also, has great impact on pedaling efficiency and power output. Sadly to say, most cyclists end up adjusting the cleats themselves and get these important adjustments completely wrong. By the time they come in to see me, they are already complaining of knee pain and hip pain.
In summary, this is the most important part of a bike fit to get correct.
If incorrect, then the whole rest of the bike fit is incorrect.
At Bike Fitness Coaching, I evaluate and adjust the 5-key areas of the foot/pedal interface.
*Cleat Fore-Aft Adjustment
*Medial-Lateral (side-to-side) Adjustment
*Wedging to help mitigate pain and hot-spots on or near the ball of the foot
*Cleat Shims to Address leg length discrepancies
ROTOR Q-RING REGULATION OPTIMIZATION
Rotor elliptical Rings can be a great asset and advantage, but ONLY if they are setup correctly. A study conducted in 2011 [click here for pdf] showed that the cyclists studied generated more power to the rear wheel, with an average increase of 26.7 W (6.2%) over round rings. Other important factors were also seen, namely Reduced oxygen consumption and Reduced heart rate.
The study showed that the more effort a cyclist exerts, the greater the benefit of Q-Rings.
So the questions are
- Which rings do I need?
- How do I install them (correctly)?
Everyone pedals differently, pushing and pulling the pedals at slightly different points along the circle. Using the Computrainer, I analyze your personal pedaling style, document where you apply your maximum force to the pedals, then re-regulate the Q-Rings to match your personal pedaling style.
*We are an authorized ROTOR dealer and will make sure that you receive the correct cranksets and/or rings that match your goals. Rotor makes round rings as well as elliptical rings in different physical and ‘virtual’ sizes so it is critical that the right rings be ordered and installed correctly. Stop by and let’s talk ROTOR!