Bike Fitting Services

North Boulder Physical Therapy, Boulder, Colorado

Cycling is a repetitive activity, and you don’t want to get hurt. So come see us at North Boulder Physical Therapy for bike fitting services. Even if you’re not a competitive cyclist, a fitting provides many benefits.

To avoid the risk of injury, you should be positioned correctly on the bike. The right balance of flexibility, strength, coordination, training and a good bike fit can also affect your comfort level. Our bike fitting services are uniquely personalized according to your goals, musculoskeletal status, and injury history.

At North Boulder Physical Therapy, our assessment of you and your bike may include:

Measurements, dynamic and static – We’ll look at seat height vs. handle bars, trunk angle, and saddle position (for/aft), shoulder and grip widths, elbow angle, shoulder angle to trunk, ROM and flexibility.

Pedaling style evaluation – To better enjoy cycling, we’ll provide gains in comfort and maximum usage of the bicycle by checking alignment of knees, pedal alignment with relation to foot and ankle.

Professional evaluation – Bike fitting services are performed by one of North Boulder Physical Therapy’s highly-trained staff members. They are a physical therapy assistant specializing in orthopedics and have many years of experience in providing bike fits for clients of all experience levels.

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AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION’S TIPS FOR AVOIDING BIKE FIT RELATED INJURIES

Posture Tips:

  • Knee should be slightly bent when you are at the bottom of the pedal stroke, and your hips should not rock while pedaling.
  • Hand position should be changed frequently for greater upper-body comfort.
  • A higher cadence (speed) and using easier gears will help you achieve better pedaling skills. Your goal cadence should be 80-90 revolutions per minute. A bicycle computer with cadence read-out is very useful.

Common Bicycling Pains:

  • Anterior (Front) Knee Pain. Possible causes are having a saddle that is too low, too low of a cadence (speed), using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clipless pedals, and muscle imbalance in your legs (strong quadriceps and weak hamstrings).
  • Neck Pain. Possible causes include poor handlebar or saddle position. A poorly placed handlebar might be too low, at too great a reach, or at too short a reach. A saddle with excessive downward tilt can be a source of neck pain.
  • Lower Back Pain. Possible causes include inflexible hamstrings, low cadence, using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, poor back strength, and too-long or too-low handlebars.
  • Hamstring Tendinitis. Possible causes are inflexible hamstrings, high saddle, misaligned bicycle cleat, and poor hamstring strength.
  • Hand Numbness or Pain. Possible causes are short-reach handlebars, poorly placed brake levers, and a downward tilt of the saddle.
  • Foot Numbness or Pain. Possible causes are using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, low cadence, faulty foot mechanics, and misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clipless pedals.
  • Ilio-Tibial Band Tendinitis. Possible causes are too-high saddle, leg length difference, and misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clipless pedals.

For further information please visit: www.apta.org

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