After completing the Science of Cycling course recently, I have a much greater understanding of the importance of a good bike fit for comfortable and powerful cycling. This seems logical enough but it surely isn’t where it all stops. Just think of the “ergonomic” workplace assessment. You just got the perfect monitor and desk height, your chair is perfect but your discomfort may not be completely resolved. Could the ergonomic assessment be wrong? I feel that this sometimes is not the case. As with a bike fit, when fitting someone to their workplace we use certain suggested parameters or guidelines, so really it's about finding a good baseline set-up and working with it, rather than accepting yours as the perfect arrangement.
So if you slip into slumping at your desk, then your assessment fails to matter and the same can be said of good riding posture. Once you are set-up in a good position, not just that perfect pedalling and positioning found/applied by the bike fitter on your day in the shop, but are able to maintain this position out on the track, then you will feel the benefits .
So where do we start with my latissimus dorsi experience ? Firstly, my list of problems riding my mountain bike included numb hands, occasional back ache and some pelvic soreness. My bike fit was pretty good so it wasn’t making much sense that I had these problems. I feel that two things helped to improve my cycling experience.
And there you have it. By gaining a better position over the saddle, losing the monkey arms and changing my pedalling position, I have been able to eliminate aches that I was experiencing after some longer rides.
I try to keep the blogs short but if you want some extra detail I have attached an excellent reference article below, and if you're still struggling then book in for a bike fit/cycling review at physiosense where I'll be glad to help.
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Jason is the Leichhardt Physiotherapy clinic practice principal. A graduate from Sydney Uni and practicing for 18 years he is passionate about sharing new discoveries.