Knowing your limits
This is term used for your ideal position. In reality it rarely happens as there are always limitations that restrict riders, even the pros.
This is where physical restrictions limit the position that can be achieved. It’s something you can work to improve, but the best available on the day.
A process not an event
A bike fit should be seen as a process, not an event. By working with your fitter on the limitations mentioned above you can take steps towards improving your position further.
WE ALL AIM FOR PERFECTION…
…but perfection isn’t always possible. At least, not necessarily at the first attempt.
A good fitter aims to get you into an optimal position. This refers to the ideal position that allows the rider to best accomplish all of their goals.
In reality it rarely occurs and even professional cyclists have to make accomodations for their physical limitations. We call this an accommodated fit. This position is a compromise based on one or more limiting factors. For example, it may be necessary to compensate for tight hamstrings, or one leg being longer than the other.
Ideally, an accommodated fit is a short-term solution while the fitter works with the cyclist to identify the restrictions and offer possible solutions.
The goal of the fitter is to remove accommodations over time as the cyclist improves their function, form, and flexibility. Interventions can include education, treatment, or adjustments to the bike.
Things that may prevent you from achieving an optimal fit include; your experience and skill level, and your level of conditioning and general health, which can be effected by:
• Core strength, stability, and control
• Prior and current injuries
• Flexibility, joint immobility, and body asymmetry
The bike and components may also limit the position you can achieve – it may not fit no matter what alterations are made.
Find a fitter
Getting a fit with an IBFI certified fitter can help you work through your limiting factorsSearch
COMMON ISSUES HELPED BY A BIKE FIT
A good bike fit can help with a host of common cycling injuries, as well as improving comfort and efficiency. Some issues, however, could require medical intervention. They may be helped by a bike fit, but would be better assessed in collaboration between a bike fitter and a medical professional.