Before we can fit you we start with a detailed interview to understand what type of rider you are, what your goals are and any issues you may be experiencing. Then we will review any injury history and medical issues that may be present. How you want to ride and how your body is able to ride can sometimes be two different things, we will look for solutions to give you the ride you are looking for.
Core strength and flexibility issues in cyclists
We use a range of medical assessments to understand your body's range of motion and how these will affect your riding position. Riders with poor core strength will support their upper bodies with arm and shoulder strength, they will often have locked arms and complain of hand numbness and pain or fatigue between the shoulders or cervical spine.
Hamstring flexibility influences the ability of a cyclist to rotate their pelvis and reach to the handlebars. If you have limited hamstring flexibility you are not able to rotate your pelvis much prior to hitting your end range of motion. Tight hamstrings may also affect how a rider reaches to the bottom of the pedal stroke.
Muscles work best in the middle of their range of motion, understanding the hamstrings initial point of tension rather than their end range of motion, this allows the hamstring to work within their natural range of motion.
Measuring the gluteal muscles range of motion will help determine the maximum angle the hip can accommodate at the top of the pedal stroke. If a rider exceeds their hip range of motion the lumber spine and pelvis will rock to compensate. This measurement is extremely important for aero bikes. We will also use your hip angle to set up the stack height of your handlebars, too low on the front of a bicycle and you can shut down the hip flexors.