Improve Comfort, Efficiency and Power
We provide road, time trial, triathlon and gravel bike fitting services.
Our bike fitting sessions are comprehensive and tailored to your body and goals. An individual optimised bike setup improves comfort and performance, and minimises the risk of overuse injuries occurring.
Almost everyone is asymmetrical with differences in the left and right sides, such as muscle strength, flexibility, balance and posture, whereas bikes are almost symmetrical. Even during one hour of cycling, a rider will roughly average between 5000 to 6000 pedal revolutions whilst applying a significant amount of force. Therefore, a small misalignment could cause performance impairment, discomfort, and in worse case, injury.
During the session, we will assess your biomechanics and establish your muscular flexibility, movement efficiency, tightnesses, imbalances and overall stability on the bike. We will establish any injuries and discomforts which need to be considered during the bike fit.
We will then determine your previous and current sporting activity, your cycling profile, the current level of riding and future goals.
In the session, we will ascertain and address a number of factors including, foot biomechanics, the suitability of shoes, cleats setup, most suitable saddle height and saddle setback, saddle angle, reach and drop to the handlebars, hoods positioning, foot separation to align knees. We will perform a number of tests to ensure that we have put you in the most optimum position.
For us, bike fitting is not just one event! That is why we provide a free of charge follow up to ensure that you have settled into the new settings.
We recommend an annual re-assessment as your body and riding goals change over time. There are a number of factors that create the need to reassess the current settings, such as physical changes, progress in fitness and changes in riding goals. The change could also be driven by new bike components and riding gear, such as shoes and cleat positioning, saddles, pedal systems etc. A re-assessment would ensure that you have the best possible set up to continue to achieve your goals.
Foot stability and activation
Most bike related injuries stem from small imperfections not being addressed. This starts with a minor discomfort and leads to overuse injuries.
In our experience, most if not all, riders will benefit from some level of foot correction. This includes the right level of arch support and where needed, wedging to improve the alignment of all joint of kinetic chain up to the hip. Insoles with the correct level of arch support creates contact between the shoe and foot to increase proprioception. This results in improved ability to control the pedalling action and resulting in overall stability on the bike.
Type of Insoles
We largely use SIDAS and G8 Performance insoles.
The SIDAS are high quality insoles and available in 3 arch heights (low, medium and high). These have a thin and cushioned forefoot (2mm) which allows more vertical space in the shoe toe-box. These insoles are suitable for most foot types (narrow to wide feet). These hold the foot well in the shoes and distribute pressure across the forefoot. The fixed size also means no risk of slippage in the shoe. It has microfibre antibacterial top-cover which is comfortable and the forefoot has perforation for breathability.
G8 Performance Pro Series 2620 shoe insoles are considered as one of the best in the market. These insoles come with 5 different arch support heights and therefore are suitable for low to high arches. Not everyone will require the same arch height in both feet and G8 insoles allow this level of customisation. Basically, these are very close to custom insoles which usually are expensive and can be difficult to get right. These are thin and light orthotic insoles which can help to increase the planter strength and flexibility, and improve blood flow in the foot. The heel cup fits securely into shoes and provides better rear foot support - a solid base for a superior push off.
We use three types of wedges; In The Shoes (ITS) wedges which are positioned inside the shore under the forefoot, Cleat wedges are positioned under the cleats, and Heel wedges are placed under the heel inside the shoe. The type and the number of wedges that you need will be established using our comparative testing method.