Bikefit Science: Introduction
The rationale behind the science of bike-fit involves the interaction between man and machine i.e. using the integrated bike-fit options. This involves an in depth knowledge of cycle biomechanics for effective bike-fitting. Similarly poor pedalling biomechanics linked with musculoskeletal deficits are also recognised in many riders during the bike-fit process. Equally, if these musculoskeletal deficits are not addressed prior to bike-fit this can compromise cycling performance, comfort and lead to potential injuries.
Effective cycling involves harmony between ‘man and machine’, which can be attained through a correct bike-fit set-up at the three main contact points such as the pedals, saddle and handlebars (1,2). Cycles are specific to serve their purpose (e.g. mountain bike, road bike, free style BMX and triathlon bike) therefore it is crucial that the cyclists adopts the specific body positions required to meet the cycle demands (3,4). These demands can be disrupted by anatomical, biomechanical or mechanic deficits. Therefore harmony between man and machine combines both sports science and sports medicine in which our bike-fit options endorses (5,6).
Our unique scientific bike-fit 3-step integrated options are designed to ‘harmonise man and machine’ which consists:
Gold Standard Dynamic motion Analysis Computerised Dartfish Option
Classic Static Option
Upon completion, all Bike-fits will come with a comprehensive electronic personal bike-fit report which consists:
Pre-Bike-fit Musculoskeletal Screening
A Personal Rehabilitation Plan
Discipline Specific Bike-fit
All Bike-fits include a systematic head to toe Pre-Bike-fit Musculoskeletal Assessments using current research into the Foot/Pedal interface carried out at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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