Answers to Common Bicycle Fitting Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about bicycle fitting.

Why is it important to have a properly fit bike?

Brian Jans, Premier Health physical therapist, talks about the importance of having a properly fit bike. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Cycling is a sport of repetition, according to the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s AssociationOff Site Icon (OATA). Given the repetitive nature of cycling, the chance for injury is increased, so having a proper fit is essential to continue in the activity.

Looking at angles is an important part of bike fitting, says Brian Jans, Premier Health physical therapist and Serotta International Cycling Institute Certified Fitter. Looking at the proper angle might be, "How does the foot sit on the pedal?" Looking at the knee would be, "What's the angle of the knee in relation to the hip?", says Jans. If the angles aren't correct, the body isn't in an optimal performance position and then the rider starts developing overuse injuries, says Jans.

National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH) states that minor aches and pains are to be expected while cycling. One will become accustomed to those over time, and a cyclist should not keep re-adjusting their bicycle to avoid them.

For more information about bicycle fitting, talk to a certified bike fitter.

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Source: Brian Jans, PT, DPT, SCS, Premier Health Sports Medicine - Upper Valley Medical Center