Over the years, I have heard my share of bicycle fitting myths. It's hard not to be succumbed to them with the internet hosting blogs and videos on "how to fit your bike" by any person out there.
By understanding these misconceptions about bike fitting, you can learn how to avoid things that could be hampering your progress as a cyclist. You'll also understand the process and science behind bicycle fitting and its value to you, regardless of your riding ability.
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Myth No. 1
"I only need a bike fit if my position is uncomfortable or if I have just purchased a new bike."
Bike fitting is an ongoing process. Your body is always changing from its fitness, flexibility, weight, and strength. It's recommended to get a fit at least once a year. If you have just purchased a new bike, or have recovered from an injury or surgery, a bike fit is very important in optimizing your performance on the bike.
Myth No. 2
"It doesn't work. I have already received a fit before and it didn't help."
It's important to understand that the term "bike fit" is used in many different contexts, as there are several different philosophies of fit and levels of fitting expertise. Some bike shops may advertise a "bike fit" but are only offering a few minor adjustments, or the person performing the fit was never professionally trained.
A more in-depth fit takes two to three hours and involves:
- An interview on your medical history;
- flexibility testing;
- range of motion;
- spinning on the bike as we analyze your biomechanics and make adjustments to the bike and your position;
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