Elite Bike Fitting
Elite Biomechanical Bicycle Positioning
“The Perfect Fit begins with an understanding of the athlete’s ambitions and abilities in order to educate them on achieving their goals and ultimately building a position that maximizes power, comfort, and handling without losing the bike’s ability to evolve with the rider.”
All fittings begin with the Pre-Fit interview, which is designed to gain a full understanding of the client’s athletic, physical, and medical history, this will provide a good head start in the determination of any physiological challenges, physical limitations, or neurological muscular patterns that may need to be addressed during exertion and pre-exhaustion. Physical and competitive goals, body image, lifestyle habits and personal anatomy also play a very important role to discern the appropriate starting point in an evolving biomechanically friendly position for each individual rider. Everyone is a “snowflake”.
The interview is followed by a full justification of our philosophy and protocol. We have proudly named our proprietary procedure “Biomechanical Bicycle Positioning” (BBP). We continue the conversation with a digestible explanation of pertinent information; including but not limited to several interactive demonstrations of muscular recruitment patterns, proprioception, true core and the effects of the twists within bones.
Moving on to testing and assessment, beginning with full body measurements, and continues with flexibility, range of motion, muscular engagement, functional movement screens, torsion, and most importantly pelvic obliquities are addressed and corrected through our proprietary technique. If the hips are not aligned all hopes of a perfect fit are lost. Most people have a pelvic imbalance that needs to be adjusted to assist in the formation of full body balance.
Conclusion of the pre-bike fitting is an evaluation of the complex human foot, as the base of stability and form; several aspects need to be considered. These include the medial, longitudinal & lateral arch, forefoot Varus or Valgus, and neutralization of motion with Talonavicular and Talocalcaneal congruency. We provide a variety of semi to full custom foot beds formed in the power position on the bike, along with other means to build an ideal platform and ensure a proper starting point in an ascending technique working our way up the body, cleat placement first.
On to the bike with consideration to the style and duration of activity, we utilize the knowledge from our discoveries to follow the natural flow of the human animal while adhering to the applied physiology and learned functional movement of the athlete, we position our clients onto themselves in space as the active moving machine, then build the bicycle up underneath them to support them within the parameters of control, safety, and maximization of performance with sustainability.
With an element of prehabilitation and education we instruct our clients on correct cycling form, pedal stroke, how to improve their muscular employment, vestibular abilities, pelvic congruency, relieve muscular tension and many supplementary cycling related skills and life practices as needed to each individual rider to guarantee increased performance, safety, and enjoyment, along with long term life extension benefits. Clients are welcome to return at no additional fee to tweak their position for the first 3 months.
Over the years, they can opt to return for a nominal fee, as their fitness levels change, and or the distance, terrain, or riding frequency is altered, considerations are also made as required due to ageing and degeneration.
Our services and BBP protocol can be employed on any style or brand of bicycle. BBP can be used to modify an athlete’s current position with re-configuration of their existing bike or can be the first step to an entirely custom cut to measure bicycle: hand-crafted by one of 7 prestigious American and Italian bicycle manufacturers we represent. With every component individually selected to suit the riders needs and tastes with the client’s choice of first-class custom finish. Athletes we fit are also welcome to use us as a reference to purchase and position any future bicycles acquisitions regardless of brand.
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