Do You Want To Cycle in Comfort and Perform at Your Best?
A personalized bike fit is based on your medical history, injuries, cycling experience, and goals.
Cycling is a repetitive motion. In an hour, a cyclist may pedal 5000 revolutions or more. Over time, an improper bike fit may lead to discomfort, pain or injury. Our mission is to help people ride their bikes! If you’re riding in pain or suffering from an injury, Maximum Physiotherapy would like to help you.
Bike Anatomy Basics
Your body contacts the bike at the pedals, seat, and handlebars. The relative position of these 3 contact points determines your comfort and efficiency on the bike. This is true for road, gravel, mountain, and time trial (triathlon) bikes. To achieve the right fit on the bike you need to spend some time riding and pay attention to the aches and pains in your body.
Bike Fit Process
The purpose of a personalized bike fit is to enable the rider to cycle in comfort, prevent injuries, and improve performance. The main aspects are:
Cycling history and goals – the type of riding, past injuries, and future goals.
Physical exam – Flexibility, posture, and strength.
Observations – The clinician will observe the movement of the rider while cycling.
Measurements – The clinician takes measurements of the angles of the rider’s knees, hips, and torso.
Adjustments – Adjustments are made to the bike if required. These may include changes to cleat position on shoes, seat height, seat fore/aft, and handlebar height.
Recommendations – Further suggestions may be made regarding equipment, stretching and strengthening.
*Bike Fits are done by our Registered Physiotherapists. Physiotherapy is covered under many extended health insurance plans.
Is Bike Fitting Worth It?
Yes, a comprehensive bike fit is definitely worth it! A proper bike fit can help you to ride in comfort and improve your performance. It can also help with injury prevention by ensuring that your body is in the correct position on the bike which lowers your risk of injury. Complete bike fits are done by experienced physiotherapists who understand how the body moves and works while cycling.
The bike fitter will take into account your medical history, riding position, cycling experience, previous injuries, and cycling goals to ensure that you get the best fit possible. It doesn’t matter if you have a commuter bike, gravel bike, mountain bike, or road bike. If you have any of the following, consider getting bike fitting services:
- Knee pain
- Overuse injury diagnosis
- Interest in injury prevention
- Interest in optimal performance
Is Cycling a Good Exercise?
Yes, cycling is a great form of exercise that can be good for rehabilitating an injury. ! Cycling is a low-impact exercise that can help to improve strength and flexibility in the body. It also helps to improve cardiovascular fitness, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Cycling can be done indoors or outdoors, making it an accessible form of exercise for people of all ages and abilities. Physiotherapists may recommend cycling as part of a rehabilitation program to help improve mobility and strength.