Bath Bike Fitting
There is often some confusion between the terms bike ‘sizing’ and bike ‘fitting’. When buying a new bike your bike shop should be able to find the right size frame for you based on some simple measurements of your height or leg inseam. More often than not this gets you a bike that is in the right ball-park. However, once you have this bike it still has a very wide range of adjustments available and it is getting these working perfectly for you where bike fitting comes in. Our specialist bike fitter, Jasper, is also an expert musculoskeletal Osteopath so is in a unique position to be able to assist riders in not only finding a comfortable position but also one that can minimise risk of injury and improve performance on the bike.
What Can Bike Fit Help?
Our Bath Bike fit specialist Jasper has particular expertise in working
with people experiencing pain on the bike.
What Happens During a Bike Fit
Bike fits with Jasper start with a thorough physical screening and discussion around the cyclists sporting and injury history, as well as their personal cycling aspirations.
A full set of measurements of the bike and attachments is collected before the riding position is assessed in detail on a turbo, taking in essential feedback from the rider themselves under Jaspers expert eye. Adjustments may then be made to the cockpit, bars, stem, saddle and/or cleats during a session.
With a session time of 1.5hrs and a focus on creating an effort free cycling position Jasper's bikefit is especially relevant for novice to serious club cyclists, perhaps riders about to embark on a first multi day trip or about to buy a new bike.
What do I need to bring with me?
You just need to bring your bike, your cycling kit and a water bottle.
Will I need a follow up appointment?
As standard it is recommended that you come back in for a 1 hour follow-up bike fit session at 6 weeks. This will allow any final / further tweaks and adjustments to be made. If you have been given a rehab programme this will provide an opportunity to review and even progress it further.
Who Needs a Bike Fit
There is a general misconception that a bike fit is only for professionals or very serious cyclists. The reality is that any of us that ride a bike, whether its for road racing, mountain biking or commuting, may have a suitable bike that is set up poorly and causing discomfort, impaired performance or even an injury.
Most cycling injuries that we see in clinic will be from overuse-type issues. These problems tend to come on gradually and we often don’t notice them straight away. It may start with excess shifting in the saddle, feeling pressure on your hands or neck or some mild discomfort around your knee. Take heed of these signs as your bike fit is likely one of the main contributing factors.
Why have a bike fit with us?
Jasper always carries out a full injury history and musculoskeletal assessment to inform the bike fitting session. This may also reveal that there are certain issues relating to strength, flexibility, or conditioning that are causing or contributing to the problem. He will be able to then advise on a rehab programme, stretching and strengthening to address any deficits identified to work in combination with the bike fit. Often people are amazed at the difference a few small changes to their set up can make but as physical health specialist Jasper is also able to prescribe treatments or exercises to complement the riders training, all with the goal of making riding a bike as easy as riding a bike!
What does it cost?
90 minute consult £150
60 minute follow ups £100
Jasper is amazing, he has treated my neck and back pain and also carried out a comprehensive bike fit to ensure my issues don't return. So glad I found him!
I went for a bike fit as I was having some minor knee pain but also wanted to improve my technique as well as position on the bike. The service was extremely thorough and gave some excellent advice as well as drastically changing my position on the bike. I have been for a couple of rides since and the difference is amazing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to improve their cycling ability.