Whether you’re a triathlete or just enjoy leisurely rides, bicycle fit is critical to your health. Just like sneakers that are extra roomy or tight, a bike that is too big or too small for your body can cause more harm than good to the cyclist. Bike fitting can eliminate these negative risks by creating the perfect fit.
Along with our physical therapy services, Action Reaction offers a bike fitting program that focuses on the bike’s positioning, efficient pedal stroke, and ensuring rider comfort for miles of riding. A typical bike fit involves three parameters: correct seat height, position, and seat-to-stem distance.
Bike fit sessions last about one hour. The rider’s muscles will be tested for strength, ability and flexibility and biomechanics assessed in relation to bicycle riding. Using physical therapy principles, we will adjust the bike’s structure so that knees, arms and hips will be positioned for maximum performance and minimal stress on joints. In order to further assess pedaling stroke and efficiency, we use a video analysis program that highlights areas in need of further correction. We will discuss personal goals on a person-by-person basis so that fitting is in conjunction with individual needs. Our bike fitting program is tailored to each person for everything from a quick ride on the weekend to a multiple-mile cycle.
Riding a bike that fits is a vital factor in eliminating injury. Knee, back and neck pain are all too common in bike riders, and can often be traced back to the positioning of bike parts. The repetitive motion of cycling can do more harm than good if the body and bicycle aren’t working in conjunction with each other. Along with eliminating injury, bike fitting improves the rider’s performance ability and efficiency. Speed and overall comfort will improve with a better fit.
Just like running shoes, the perfect fit of your bicycle matters. Bike fitting can reduce injury and improve performance so that cyclists reach maximum efficiency while riding.
Contact us for a fitting appointment just in time for summer cycling. Get fitted and enjoy the ride!
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