Optimise Your Cycling Performance and Comfort
Your body is adapting and adaptable, and the true value of a bike-fit at Cycling Physiotherapy Centre lies in my ability as a physiotherapist to both anticipate and guide the physical and functional adaptations that will result from changes to your riding position.
Rider positioning from this perspective, therefore, is a process of matching your ‘bike-fit’ with your current cycling fitness level and goals, whilst recognising that as your fitness and goals change, so too will your optimal bike fit.
If you are not currently experiencing any pain or injuries whilst cycling with your current riding position you may well ask “Why should I bother with a bike-fit then?”
Well, because your riding position forces your body to adapt to that riding position, for better or worse. This not only determines the level of performance and comfort that you can achieve, but also influences the likelihood of developing pain or overuse injuries if you continue to ride in that position, or if you increase your training volume or intensity.
And, regardless of your cycling experience, you still have plenty to gain from a bike-fit. For those with less experience, the correct riding position will allow you to develop an optimal pedalling technique and postural stability before poor habits are established, whilst for experienced riders the correct riding position is essential to maximise performance and avoid the development of overuse injuries due to the higher intensity and volume of training or racing.
What to Expect During Your Bike-Fit ?
The two-hour bike-fit consultation at Cycling Physiotherapy Centre commences with identifying your goals for the session, a discussion of your medical history and current lifestyle, and a physical assessment of your posture, strength, flexibility and core stability.
A combination of static and dynamic measurements are then used to analyse your riding position in relation to the findings from the physical assessment.
Based upon the assessment findings any necessary adjustments are made to the position of your cleats, seat and handlebars, with ongoing dynamic analysis using the world-leading Retul 3D Motion Capture system.
If necessary your riding position is also assessed at a range of power outputs as posture and pedalling technique can vary throughout the range of power production.
At the completion of the session, once your bike-fit has been matched to your current cycling fitness level and goals, a final recording of your cycling position is made from both the left and right sides, as well as precise measurements of the bike.
You will then receive this comprehensive bike-fit report by email, enabling you to easily and accurately transfer the measurements to another bike, or to simply share with your riding buddies.
If necessary, a Physiotherapy treatment program is developed to address any physical issues that have been identified during the session, and this may include periodic follow-up appointments for hands-on treatment, or to review your exercise program or your bike-fit.
What to Bring to Your Bike-Fit ?
So that you can get the most out of your bike fit consultation please read the following information carefully.
You will need to bring your:
- Cycling Knicks
- Cycling Shoes
- Cycling Gloves
- Water Bottle
The physical assessment and motion analysis is easiest if you wear a sleeveless jersey or singlet that is well fitted.
Please also note:
- The rear tyre of your bike MUST have a slick central tread to operate on our indoor trainer – if you need a bike-fit on a cyclocross, gravel or mountain bike we have a 10-speed rear wheel with a slick tyre and 12mm thru-axle that can be fitted to your bike during the bike-fit.
- The heat generated in your back tyre due to friction whilst cycling on the indoor trainer may cause a blowout of old tyres or tubes that have puncture repair patches. Please check your rear tyre and tube and replace if there are signs of damage.
- The cleat screws on your cycling shoes must be clean and able to be easily loosened to allow for adjustment. If you think your cleats need replacement please bring along a new pair to be fitted during the session.
- Please check that the heads of the screws on your seat-post clamp, seat-rail clamp, head-stem and handlebar clamp have not been stripped as this will mean that they will not be able to be adjusted.
- The majority of disc-brake equipped bikes with 12mm thru-axles can be fitted onto our indoor trainer with our adaptor axles – if you are unsure then please discuss this issue with me directly.
- The gears and chain of your bike must be free of any recently applied wet chain lubricants – this just helps to keep our carpet clean!
What is the Cost of a Bike-Fit ?
A comprehensive bike-fit session at Cycling Physiotherapy Centre is a two-hour consultation and costs $360.
A review bike-fit session is only available to existing clients returning with the same bike or a bike of the same style – this is a one-hour consultation and costs $180.
As these consultations are provided by a registered physiotherapist for the purpose of injury prevention and treatment you can claim a proportion of the session on private health insurance if you have Physio Extras cover – you just need to bring your private health membership card with you.
The amount paid by your private health insurer is entirely dependent on your level of insurance cover but will not exceed $90 which is based on my standard fee for an Assessment Consultation. If you want to check this before your bike-fit then you will need to contact your insurer directly and ask what rebate you would receive for a P500 Assessment Consultation.