A Pedal Precision Bike-Fit is not like any other bike fitting procedure. Others may use a specific set of measurements, formulas and angles to put you in a position that the text-book says you ‘should’ be in. These methods have grown from years of computer programmes. At Pedal Precision, we believe that every rider has a history, whether it be a sport, medical or injury history. Everyone is unique, so we have developed a more unique process for all our bike fits using our sports injury expertise to provide a fit which suits YOU, not the rules.
We also realised through experience and discussions with more ‘traditional’ physiotherapists that there was a piece of the Bike Fit jigsaw missing. Therapists were happy to agree that treating patients was one thing, but when it came to giving long term solutions for bike fitting and injury prevention when actually riding, they were a little in the dark. This is where your Pedal Precision Bike-Fit takes things beyond where others finish.
At Pedal Precision we use High Definition Smooth Slow Motion video to enable us to see at a minute level what is happening at each of your joints as you pedal. The crucial part of this is that we have the specialist knowledge to interpret what we see. Using the slow motion allows us to do 2 things better:
First we can make all the adjustments necessary to your bike to adapt the position to fit your body and allow you to work most effectively whilst placing as less stress on joints as possible.
Secondly this also allows us to identify areas of biomechanical weakness or muscle imbalances which are also contributing to any pain or lack of power whilst riding. For many of our clients, this enables us to give them a programme of interventions or exercises which gives them a truly long term solution to a problem they have been struggling with for months/years.
Of course, we still do all the things you would expect from a bike fit as well as those that you don’t. We will help you adjust the bike you have to work best for you. Whilst we do not sell componentry as we believe this would compromise our ability to be completely impartial, we will make recommendations if we believe you would benefit from a different set-up which requires a new part. Sometimes a wider handlebar or shorter stem for example, can help alleviate stress on a joint or a muscle that is being put at a disadvantage. As part of our ‘Complete Profit’ we also provide a follow-up meeting based around a ride out where we can make any more small adjustments we need due to any new components you have purchased in the interim.
It’s definitely NOT All About The Bike! At Pedal Precision, we put the bike to one side for the first part of your session. We then get a chance to identify all the areas of your body and medical history that may have a bearing on how we fit you to your bike.
Everybody has a different past, be it a background in rugby and the injuries that come with it, or previous surgery which is causing dysfunction of a joint or muscle group. Couple this with the fact that modern lifestyles themselves can often lead to muscles going to sleep and areas of biomechanical disadvantage in the body’s kinetic chain.
During your session we look closely at how all these things are effecting your movement, flexibility and biomechanics. This in turn gives us loads of information that we can refer back to once you are on your bike.
To sum up, working together with your body, someone who can see and appreciate these idiosyncrasies can adapt your bike fit to work in harmony with your body rather than trying to just crowbar your body to fit a pre-ordained set of rules.
When you ride with clipless pedals (SPD’s etc.), you are effectively ‘fixing’ the top and bottom of your lower limbs (that is, your feet and bottom are attached to fixed surfaces, at least while you are sat in the saddle). Because of this it becomes crucial that your shoes and pedals are in the perfect position to allow your legs to track in smooth, straight circles.
During your session we will spend time looking at your foot posture, hip/knee/ankle alignment, gait analysis (how you walk is directly related to how you ride), and how your feet are supported within the shoe. We take all this information and then adapt both your shoes and cleat position so that your feet are in their most natural position when clipped to the pedals.
Finally, the other significant way our bike fits differ from others is what you are left with at the end of your session. We believe that as well as any critical measurements from your setup that you can take home, we also provide you with the ammunition to help your body help itself. This may take the form of a small number of exercises which will best help you control a movement dysfunction, some stretches to help improve an inflexible area or even carry out some hands on manipulations to improve movement of the spine.
We hope this gives you some idea of what we do and why we are different. It is difficult to explain, and is more of a slight change in thinking for fitting your bike, but we have come up with these methods after seeing so many people who have unsuccessful bike-fits and/or spend hours trying to adjust their own positions, when what is really needed is somebody who can look at both the bike and the body together, at the same time and make them both work in harmony. This is where Pedal Precision really believes it can help all riders get more from their cycling, whatever you use your bike for.