BIKE FIT. THE BEST PERFORMACE UPGRADE FOR YOUR BIKE
Optimising your position on the bike will reduce the risk of injuries developing due to poor fit, and increase the level of comfort when you ride the bike. Putting up with back pain, knee pain, a sore neck or numb hands should not be part of cycling - these are really common issues that we see every day at the studio and that can be fixed with a good bike fit - and often some work off the bike too (Yoga anyone?). Midland Bike Fit use advanced motion capture technology to assess your riding position and to eliminate any guesswork and resulting in a true fit to your bike - maximizing efficiency, increasing performance and avoiding discomfort or injury.
MOTION CAPTURE TECHNOLOGY & SPINSCAN
Our studio is equipped with the latest motion capture & analysis software, as well as a CompuTrainer with built in power meter and SpinScan technology .
Using HD video recordings of your riding position under various intensities, we are able to assess where improvements to your set up can be made by analysing the bike fit dynamically - measuring various joint angles as you ride.As well as improving the comfort of your bike fit your balance on the bike, we are also able to quantify any improvements by showing how your power output changes as we try different positions on the bike. The SpinScan readout will also tell us whether you are left/right side dominant, where you are applying force to the pedals through the pedal stroke, and also how efficient and smooth you are whilst pedalling. You can read more about the use of the CompuTrainer during our fitting sessions HERE.
PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT & FM SCREENING
In order to find the best position on the bike for you, a thorough physical examination is essential.
Flexibility is an integral part of this, and will be looked at in detail, testing the hips, hamstrings, lower back, quads and your overall posture. You will also be assessed for any discrepancies in leg length. It is rare for anybody to have both legs exactly the same length, in fact a discrepancy of 3mm is considered 'normal'. This may be true for day to day activities such as walking, but on a machine such as a bicycle where you are forcing your body to function symmetrically, these discrepancies must be compensated for and corrected. As well as flexibility and leg length analysis, functional movement and stability is something we look at. Core strength and quality of movement (control of certain movement patterns) are essential to function properly on the bike and often the discomfort you experience while riding is something that can be corrected off the bike.
CLEAT ADJUSTMENT & FOOT CORRECTION
The foot - pedal interface is extremely important and will be looked at in great detail.
The size of your foot, the pronation / supination of the foot, and the size/shape/strength of your arch are all considered and form part of the assessment. By taking a 'non weighted' and 'weighted' measurement of your foot, we are able to determine the level of arch support needed (if any) and provide the correct footbeds to ensure that this is corrected. A properly supported arch will increase power delivery to the pedal, and be far more comfortable after a few miles. Your cleats will then be positioned accordingly. Wedges / shims if necessary will be added at this time to account for leg length discrepancies or any ‘Varus’ or ‘Valgus’ tilt to the forefoot (very common).
REPORT & BIKE FIT DOCUMENTATION
At the end of the session, the details of your bike fit will be sent to you via email.
This will be sent to you following on from your fitting as a pdf document, and the report will contain the information relating to your session. Results of your physical assessment as well as some information on how to improve on certain areas will be included - and we can also make available to you to the pictures and videos taken during the fitting if you so wish.