Bike Setup

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Is there such a thing as THE optimum cycling position?

To find an optimum cycling position is a process that takes TIME. Most bike shops are looked upon to offer this service, as customers are paying HUGE amounts for their very expensive bikes. Well, most shops just don’t have the time. A thorough bike setup should take not less than an hour. This, so you can be sure that you are comfortable and that the measurements are, in fact, best suited to every individual. Would you prefer to be optimally positioned aerodynamically, biomechanically, road riding, mountain biking, time trial, leisure or racing? All this needs to be taken into consideration.

Then there are more variables – foot length, leg length, torso length, arm length, as well as riding style. It may take up to 2 weeks before you can honestly say that you have adapted to changes in your set-up, so be patient.

The ideal position is an all-round best compromise position and we believe that the best place to start is comfort. Saddles are a huge point of contention: If your bike isn’t comfortable, you won’t want to ride it.

As mentioned earlier, there are no set formulas to find a perfect fit. There are however, guidelines on determining an efficient position. The more you ride, the more your body will adapt to cycling.

5 most common reasons we are asked about bike set-up are:

  • Sore lower back
  • Sore neck (from leaning forwards)
  • Sore knees and other aches and pains in the knee
  • ITB problems
  • Lower power output

Truth be told: most of these problems stem from:

  • New to cycling and your body has not yet become stable enough to cope with the riding you’re doing (cycling is not a very natural position for the human body)
  • Riding too hard, for too long
  • Incorrect pedal stroke
  • Incorrect bike set-up
  • Incorrect positioning of cleats

It is extremely important, however, to be 100 % sure that you have the correct frame size. Once the correct frame size is determined the evolution process can begin. In the event of you being between 2 frame sizes, there are ways and means of determining which will be the best size.

There are three contact points that a cyclist makes with the bike. The saddle, the handlebars, and the pedals. These points are all adjustable to a certain degree. The saddle height can be adjusted by raising or lowering the seat post, while the fore / aft position can be altered by sliding the saddle either way its rails. Handlebar height position is altered by raising or lowering the stem, whereas handlebar extension can be changed by the use of a different length stem. Foot position on the pedal can be adjusted too, as modern pedal systems allow cleat adjustment.

So you can see – there is no single absolute answer to the question of the optimum bike set-up. We look forward to working with you to ensure YOUR optimum bike set-up position!

A bike set-up appointment will take about an hour (not less).  Click here to view structure and pricing of bike set-up packages.

To book a bike set-up appointment please contact Spook on below contact details:
Mobile:  083 60 11 22 1
Email:  spook@daisyway.co.za

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