The thickness of your cycling shoe should be an important consideration when you select your next pair for riding your bike. Many clients during a retul bike fit have limited flexibility and this creates restriction when their knee approaches their chest at the top of the pedal stroke.
We provide bike fits for a lot of people every year and help them select the ideal frame sizes to suit them. It's very common for us to see a cyclist purchase a brand new bike and then bring it straight into the bike fit studio to be set up.
Many online triathlon coaches will analyse data and provide feedback on the average numbers that appear on their trainingpeaks portal. But how many online triathlon coaches truly understand what the information means and more importantly - how many can use it to help you improve your training quality, training behaviour and your race results?
Foot numbness is common through the forefoot and toes for many cyclists and is a common complaint we see with our bike fit clients.If there are no underlying medical / podiatry conditions causing the foot numbness, we find that the issue is usually being created by one or more of the following:
Hip stability and maintaining a fluid range of motion around the hip region are important to maximize power production when cycling and to prevent cycling based injuries. A bike fit position that is too aggressive or a saddle that does not allow the correct pelvic orientation may result in significant losses of power production that inhibit performance and create discomfort or injury.
The most common reason that we see retul bike fit clients is due to lower back pain or upper neck pain discomfort when cycling. There may be many underlying causes for the discomfort but most can be alleviated or resolved completely if you can achieve a bike position with a relatively neutral spinal position. This is most commonly achieved through selecting the right saddle.
We commonly see bike fit clients that struggle to fit on standard geometry frames because their current bike position has them riding with a significant number of spacers and a stem with a positive angle. For many clients, the reason that they need to sit so upright on a bike has nothing to do with the frame - it's due to their saddle selection.
Selecting the right saddle and placing it in the right position is essential to providing the most powerful and comfortable bike fit position. The right saddle selection allows the pelvis to be well supported while providing a spinal position that alleviates strain and stress through the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions.