A comprehensive bike fit to find the right size bike is useful for every cyclist. Whatever your discipline, cycling level or targets, your position on the bike is absolutely crucial for cycling comfort, enjoyment and performance.
There is no need to cycle in pain, risk injuries or throw away performance for the sake of a bad position – a single fitting session can eliminate niggles (lower back pain, a sore neck or painful knees) you’ve endured for years.
The key to fitting a bike is to treat yourself as an individual and not use a formula that says one rule works for everyone. We all have different flexibility, postural and skeletal issues, and a professional bike fitter will take all of these into consideration.
You needed to move slightly further back on your saddle and make sure you wasn’t sitting too high, as you were unable to drop your ankle. You'd also had a crash at some point, and one of your brake hoods was twisted, giving you some left shoulder pain.
A minor adjustment to your bars allowed to reach your brake levers while on the hoods, with your wrists pretty much straight. By changing your centre of balance on the bike we made sure he no longer had any tension running through your shoulders and will be able to relax your shoulders and alleviate neck and shoulder pain.
Firstly, sitting too far forward and putting too much pressure through your arms, shoulders and neck. But more importantly, your bars had a flat top that wasn’t angled correctly. This meant your wrists were slightly bent and you were putting way too much pressure through the palms of your hands. Over time, this can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and possibly an operation. Hopefully, you will now enjoy your riding without those niggles.
One piece of advice we can give to all cyclists is not to copy the pros’ positions. Bradley Wiggins looks great in the saddle, but the position suits him and his flexibility, skeletal frame, core strength, limb length and riding style. It won’t necessarily work for you.
In addition to getting a bike fit, we’d always recommend a visit to an osteopath. They’ll be able to make sure your pelvis is aligned correctly. Pilates, core strength and yoga exercises will also help you support your body and add flexibility.