Bike fit is an essential part of your cycling
Having your bicycle correctly set up for you will keep you injury free, comfortable, and make you stronger and faster. Having your bike correctly fit to you will:
There’s a misconception that getting a professional bike fit is just for Pros, but at PRO BIKE TOOL, we’d recommend that anyone riding regularly, or riding with any element of intensity, gets a proper bike fit so that they can get the most from their bike. You can do a basic bike fit yourself, but unless you’re an expert we’d recommend you get a qualified professional to look at you.
Professional bike fits are commonly performed using sophisticated computer programmes that measure your position on the bike and where key parts of your body interact with your bike, such as your wrists and sitbones. A good bike fitter will use this data, along with discussion as to how you feel and how much power you can produce in different positions, to find the optimal fit for you.
Bike Fit: The basics
The following are the key elements of bike fit, and the things that people first think about when setting up their bike.
This is the first thing that people think about when you mention bike fit to them. A saddle that is too high is likely to cause injuries due to over-extension of your leg as you pedal; however, a saddle that is too low will impede your power in the pedal stroke.
The Front End
Getting your handlebars the correct reach and drop from your saddle is another essential of bike fit. Having too aggressive a position on the bike – i.e., too long and low – will cause you back issues and saddle discomfort. This is altered by the length and height of your stem.
Bike Fit: The intricacies
There are a lot of elements to bike fit that people overlook and that can be very difficult to get right without an expert to help you. It is in the below points that a professional bike fit really comes into its own.
The elements assessed in a bike fit
A good bike fit will take many things into account, and the interplay of these will have a big impact onto your position on the bike: