Bike Setup

Bike Set-up

Why is setting up your bike so important? The question may seem rhetorical but you will be blown away, as I am, by the number of cyclists I meet weekly who question the need for a PERFECT set up.

So, why is a good setup so important?

  1. To create the perfect union between cyclist and bike. This results in maximizing power, mechanical efficiency and aerodynamics.
  2. Seat and position comfort improve dramatically. Comfort is critical because as soon as you are uncomfortable, even slightly, your performance suffers and your risk for injury increases.

A bike set-up is all about comfort, prevention of injuries and improving performance.

  • Body Biomechanics, is all about you!

    Is your Biomechanical potential allowing you to achieve the level of performance that your genetics and training should be delivering? Are you wondering why I can’t ride faster up hills, recover as well as I used to, not as strong as what I should be, considering the amount of training I’m doing? The answer, IF YOUR BIKE IS SET UP, is you are most probably biomechanically restricted.

    Biomechanics is all about how you can improve yourself in terms of body segments working better together, flexibility, core strength and muscle balance, and proprioception.

    Once your Biomechanical potential has been analyzed a program can be compiled to help you improve your body to get the most out of your cycling experience.  This is done as a matter of routine during a bike set up.

    DON’T JUST TRAIN HARDER.......PREPARED MORE INTELIGENTLY

  • How Often Should I Have my Set-up Reviewed?

    We recommend that you have your set-up reviewed every two years or each time you get a new bike, and for racing cyclists a yearly review is ideal.  This is because your body can change over time, as can your goals or needs.  And obviously if your bike changes we need to set-up your new bike.

    A short 30 minute review of your position is recommended if you get new shoes or cleat/pedal system, or a new saddle,  as measurements generally don’t translate across different components accurately.

    After a crash, we recommend that you book an appointment for a check-up of your own body as soon as possible.  An important reason for this is that often your spine needs re-alignment after a crash, which is easiest to do the sooner we see you.  It also prevents back or knee pain several months down the track when your bruises and road rash are well and truly healed.  We recommended that you check (using a spirit level) that your saddle is still straight.  Often when the saddle hits the ground in a crash it can bend and you will need to replace the saddle is this has occurred, otherwise you run the risk of developing back pain from sitting in a crooked position.  If you get a new saddle that is different to your previous model, we recommend a short 30 minute review of your position so we can get you sitting perfectly again.

  • 4 Reasons Why A Bike Fit Makes Economic Sense:

    • It’s a fraction of the cost of a new bike.  You spend thousands on a new bike, spending a few hundred to make sure it fits you properly for the years ahead is a small investment in your comfort and enjoyment.
    • It’s much cheaper than the cost of a course of treatment for injuries caused by a poor bike set-up!
    • If your injury is due to poor a bike fit it won’t get better or won’t stay better until you correct your bike set-up.
    • It’s a cost effective way to improve your performance.  You are likely to gain at least as much improvement in performance when moving from a poor bike fit to a good one than a new pair of very expensive carbon race wheels will provide!
  • What’s included and what it Cost?

    • Your appointment will last up to 1 hour for 1 bike and 11/2 hours for 2 bikes
    • It includes initial injury treatment (where needed) measurements mentioned above, adjusting your bike set-up, rehabilitation or maintenance program.
    • You will given a credit card size card of your personalized set up and measurements.
    • As your bike fit is a Biokineticist consultation, you should be able to claim part of the cost from private health insurance
  • What to Bring with you:

    • Your bike
    • Your shoes (cleats MUST be cleaned and screws able to be serviced please!)
    • Your cycle shorts
  • What the Bike Set Up Entails:

    • History taking. Includes discussing any previous and current niggles and injuries.
    • If you currently carry an injury, this will be addressed with advise and treatment.Anthropometric measurements such as leg length, arm length and a few others.
    • Biomechanical measurements such as flexibility, core strength and the alignment of your body in general.
    • Measure your bike, your joint angles when pedalling, observe your technique and identify any faults that need correcting
    • Adjust your bike to create to give you your “perfect fit”
    • Give you an appropriate home program to improve your functional biomechanics so as to further improve your potential on the bike
  • Why use a Bike Bio to fit your bike?

    A Biokineticist who has an interest in cycling has all of the background training in injury treatment and prevention, as well as human biomechanics and cycling biomechanics.  This means that I can more directly relate any problems (such as pain, injury or poor performance) to your individual situation and goals.  Dan is a keen cyclist himself who has competed on the track and road and spends good time on his mountain bike. So he understands the needs of bike riders from racers to recreational or commuter.