Bike Fitting Services Boulder
North Boulder Physical Therapy Sports Rehabilitation
You don't need to be a competitive cyclist to be evaluated for a bike fit. Cycling is a very repetitive activity-you don't want to hurt yourself doing it. It is important to make sure you are positioned correctly on your bike so you don't risk causing injury to yourself. Comfort level is dependent upon the balance of flexibility, strength, coordination, training and a good bike fit. Your bicycle fit will be individualized based on your goals, musculoskeletal status, and injury history.
The evaluation of a bicyclist and bike may include:
- Dynamic and static measurements - Seat height in relation to handle bars, trunk angle, and saddle position (for/aft), shoulder and grip widths, elbow angle, shoulder angle to trunk, ROM and flexibility.
- Analysis of pedaling style - including alignment of knees, pedal alignment with relation to foot and ankle. Gains in comfort and maximum usage of the bicycle will ensure an enjoyable cycling experience.
- Your professional bike fit will be conducted by Dan Snider, PTA. Dan is a Physical Therapy Assistant specializing in orthopedics. He has taken many post-graduate courses in bicycle fitting and affords many years of experience in providing quality bike fits to clients of all experience levels.
AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION'S TIPS FOR AVOIDING BIKE FIT RELATED INJURIES
- Knee should be slightly bent when you are at the bottom of the pedal stroke, and your hips should not rock while pedaling.
- Hand position should be changed frequently for greater upper-body comfort.
- A higher cadence (speed) and using easier gears will help you achieve better pedaling skills. Your goal cadence should be 80-90 revolutions per minute. A bicycle computer with cadence read-out is very useful.
Common Bicycling Pains:
- Anterior (Front) Knee Pain. Possible causes are having a saddle that is too low, too low of a cadence (speed), using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clip less pedals, and muscle imbalance in your legs (strong quadriceps and weak hamstrings).
- Neck Pain. Possible causes include poor handlebar or saddle position. A poorly placed handlebar might be too low, at too great a reach, or at too short a reach. A saddle with excessive downward tilt can be a source of neck pain.
- Lower Back Pain. Possible causes include inflexible hamstrings, low cadence, using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, poor back strength, and too-long or too-low handlebars.
- Hamstring Tendinitis. Possible causes are inflexible hamstrings, high saddle, misaligned bicycle cleat, and poor hamstring strength.
- Hand Numbness or Pain. Possible causes are short-reach handlebars, poorly placed brake levers, and a downward tilt of the saddle.
- Foot Numbness or Pain. Possible causes are using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, low cadence, faulty foot mechanics, and misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clip less pedals.
- Ilio-Tibial Band Tendinitis. Possible causes are too-high saddle, leg length difference, and misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clip less pedals.
For further information please visit: www.apta.org