Correct bike fitting involves compromise between performance, comfort, and bike handling, and an understanding that in certain conditions, bike position may need modifying to favour one variable over another. Body position on the bike affects how you ride, how much power you can efficiently deliver to the pedals, and how comfortable you feel whilst doing it. In a nutshell, bike fitting pairs a riders position to their bike to achieve the best performance, while minimising the likelihood of injury.
There are many approaches to bike fitting, which can make for considerable confusion. Some involve complex adjustable fit machines, video analysis and computer software, while others take a coaching perspective, relying heavily on visual cues, a detailed cycling history, and physiological testing to assess flexibility.
If you are experiencing discomfort on the bike, or have doubts about your position relating to your performance, I can help you gain a better understanding of how your bike and body interact. A few carefully considered adjustments to saddle, handlebar position, and the pedal-foot interface may be all you need to get you performing to your full potential.
In 2012, I decided to become an ironman. With just a month to race day, I started getting pain in my knee when cycling long distances. Within three or four hours I struggled to put any force through the leg at all, and the prospect of not being able to complete what I’d spent seven months preparing for was a very real possibility. I’d heard about Goose through my local bike shop and made an appointment. He spent an hour looking me over on a turbo trainer, making sometimes microscopic adjustments to my seating position, saddle and handlebar height, and also to my cleats. He was extremely thorough and took the time to explain exactly what he was doing and why. To someone with little technical knowledge, this was very comforting. I did a long ride later that day and a preparatory half-ironman that weekend and it was the first time I’d cycled without pain for weeks. The difference was incredible.
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