Getting a bike fit can feel like an expensive indulgence. But it really isn’t. A good bike fit is just as important an investment as the bike itself, and can not only increase your comfort on the bike, but make you faster and stronger.
You are already making the financial and time investments into riding; to do so without an accurate fit can contradict those investments. Having an accurate fit on the bike ensures that you are not only comfortable but are also going to minimize the chances of having an injury.
As a triathlete, the last thing you want is to not be able to ride because you didn’t take care of a minor adjustment that needed to be done on the bike. A professional bike fitter knows the ins and outs of everything related to fits whether it’s an anatomical irregularity or just a sore back or knee while riding.
Here are the many reasons why you should get a professional bike fit:
1. You’re recovering from a crash
Cycling injuries can permanently alter your riding position. After a crash, you need to work to regain previous muscle mass and/or range of movement. In the meantime, your position may need to change to accommodate your current physical condition.
2. You’ve had a child
For women, one of the best times to have a bike-fit is after childbirth. Women often change their bike position during pregnancy – such as raising the handlebars to accommodate their growing belly. After they give birth, their entire body changes and what worked in the past may not work anymore.
But things won’t go back to normal right away, it may take some time. First you’ll have to get your stability back as your core muscles will be weakened from the life changing experience.
3. Your flexibility, core strength or weight has changed
If your body has changed significantly it can make a big difference to your riding position. For whatever reason, you might find your old bike measurements don’t work anymore.
Perhaps you’ve gained weight and you’re riding with your legs kicked out to the side because your belly is larger than it used to be; or you’re getting hip pain. If you relate to any of these body changes, then yes – it’s time for a new fitting.
4. Maximizing Performance
Having a good bike fit will ensure that you are getting the most power along with the best endurance. If anything is just a little off it can significantly impact your output which can result in injuries and added stress.
5. Saving Time and Money
Getting a professional bike fit is well worth the investment. You will be more comfortable and have a higher degree of endurance. You will also then have less of a risk of developing any injuries which will keep you on the bike where you belong.
6. Prior Injuries
Accommodating past injuries – whether it is knee pain or lower back pain – a bike fitting expert can help you find a position that will not put any added stress on your problem areas.
Find a good professional bike fitter today and make the most of their knowledge and expertise. When you do, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get one. If you need help locating a bike fitter, contact me and I can help you find one in the area.
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