Bike Fit

Based in the Ribble Valley, our cycling injuries and bike fitting service is a 3-Step process in which we combine our clinical assessment tools and bike mechanic skills for a unique evidence based approach, allowing you to enjoy your time in the saddle even more.

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Why consider a bike fit?

Whether cycling for recreational or competitive purposes, research shows that an improper body position (bike fit) can affect cycling comfort, increase your risk of overuse injury, and reduce your performance.   Efficient cycling relies on a marriage of harmony between the cyclist and cycle. Injuries and discomfort when riding can occur when the balance between rider and bike is disrupted.

Traditionally bike mechanics focus on the bike, however our bike fitting team consider both Intrinsic factors (related to rider) and Extrinsic (related to Cycle setup) when fitting.

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Common Overuse Cycling Injuries

The knee is the most common site of injury in cyclist, affecting an estimated 40% to 60% of all regular recreational and elite cyclists, both on and off the road.  Improper bike set up is a frequent cause of pain and injury in cycling.

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Why is Our Bike Fit Service Different?

What people don’t realise is that cycling related injuries can often stem from a weakness, imbalance in the rider, and the bike position exacerbates the problem. Therefore, if a rider is not screened prior to a bike fit, the cause of injury / discomfort can often be missed.

Unlike traditional mechanic bike fits, our team combines clinical therapists with (IBFI Certified Level 4 bike fitter with extensive bike mechanic experience. This allows us to examine both man and machine. Our unique approach has evolved from our own research at Manchester metropolitan university, acknowledged by Specialized (USA).

Our clinical team are able to assess rider's for any weaknesses, imbalances and injuries that may affect a rider's ability to achieve an optimal riding. Then we apply this knowledge to fine tune the bike fit specifically to the riders discipline of riding and injury / performance needs.

3 Step Bike Fit Process

Step 1 - Clinical Musculo-skeletal Assessment

We carry out a full injury and Musculo-skeletal assessment to identify joint restrictions, muscle imbalances, injury risks and foot alignment. We focus on assessing the rider on key cycling specific areas, as we often find the problem starts in the rider (intrinsic factors) not the actual bike setup.

Step 2 - Personal Exercise / Rehab Plan

Step 2 is a personalised cycling-based exercise plan specific to your cycling style and discipline and any findings from the clinical examination. Exercises target core stability, flexibility, and any weaknesses. We make your rehab program accessible online after your Bike fit so we can keep track and modify your progress.

Step 3 - Scientific Bike Fit (Discipline Specific)

We offer static and dynamic bike fits using the finding from our clinical assessment. Our dynamic video analysis software allows us to capture you in action and allows us to critically compare your Pre and Post images of your 'key positions'. We pay close attention to the crucial Foot / Pedal interface - as this is often the key for optimising power transfer - which also contributes to many lower limb injuries (knee) when incorrectly set up. We always explain the science and rationale behind our work, and we use current evidence based research and previous cycling experience and so that you get the most out of your visit.

Who Will Benefit?

Bike fits are suitable for cyclists of all ages, capabilities and disciplines, our 3-Step Bike fit packages are ideal for riders with existing injuries, those seeking extra power-output, or to improve performance, reduce injury risk or riders with discomfort in there riding position.

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Women are often unsure on what type of exercise and how much they can do during pregnancy, but it’s natural to worry. NHS guidelines encourage women to exercise when pregnant to help you adapt to your changing shape and weight. It is recommended you have at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, moderate being a level you could maintain a conversation easily.

Clinical Pilates and Yoga provides a safe, low impact and fun way to maintain your fitness levels and keep active for almost everyone who is pregnant. Try to Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, walking, running, yoga,) for as long as you feel comfortable, but make sure it is the right form of exercise for you. Exercise is not dangerous for your baby – there is even some evidence that suggests active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour. However, if you were not active before pregnancy, you need to take more care when introducing exercise, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start.

We recommend you wait to start antenatal Pilates until your 2nd trimester before starting the class. You do not have to attend specific antenatal class; some women like to join or continue in the normal mixed classes. If you are new to exercise or Pilates or yoga you can speak to our instructor to assess your suitability.

We want you to get the most benefit from coming to the classes, sometimes you may be required to attend a 1:1 clinical consultation before you start any ante natal classes, especially if you are in pain or have any underlying complications in your pregnancy. If you are unsure if you need an assessment before joining class, contact the clinic. We can then assess your suitability for class and tailor exercises to the individual needs.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and you may need blankets and cushions to use as props in class. We sometimes use birthing balls, they are not essential but useful, and we recommend you bring water with you.

The instructor is a specially trained APPI Pilates Instructor, antenatal yoga Instructor, and graduate Sports Therapist. This means that during class you can exercise safely and will be supported by someone who has knowledge and understands how your body works, especially with the immense changes that take place during and after pregnancy. They can offer exercises and advise on how to prevent or minimize any pain or injury.

There will only ever be a maximum of 10 people per class, so you will really feel the benefit of the Instructor getting to know you and get more from the class. Small class numbers allows the instructor to move round and check that you are doing the exercises correctly and help any adjustments on an individual basis.

What do I need to bring with me?

Bring your bike, cycling clothing (shorts and tee-shirt), cycling shoes and any existing orthotic insoles. Also, bring your cycling helmet if you wish to road-test your new position out on the open road.

Our Team

Our team have master’s degrees (sports science, sports injuries / research and sports injury rehabilitation), Thus, we offer a highly effective blend of multidisciplinary skills. We are all keen cyclist and triathletes, we even are lucky enough to have a professional road cyclist in out NJD team.

Our Bike fitter is IBFI Level 4 Certified (link to page: https://ibfi-certification.com/ ). Practical experience includes winning National Titles (1994 Cyclo-Cross Series and Age-Group Standard Distance road and off road Duathlon) and former Sports Therapist to GB Cycling Teams and Manchester Wheelers.

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Bike Fit Covid-19 Update

We are back offering face to face and virtual Bike fits.  Please note bike fits are currently not available to book online, therefore call or email to book. Contact Form
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