It's Good to Get Fit

By: Kristin Schwarck 

Given my profession as an orthopedic and sports physical therapist, I spend a good portion of my day listening to my patient's pain reports. I'm regularly asked about aches, pains, numbness, and tingling related to cycling. Aside from regular visits to the pain cave, being on the bike should be comfortable. One of my first recommendations for cyclists is to schedule a bike fit when they are experiencing symptoms, get a new bike, or make any changes to their bike. 

Photo by Clay Schwarck 

Photo by Clay Schwarck 

When your bike fits you properly, you will see these advantages:

Injury Prevention - due to the repetitive nature of cycling, overuse or stress injuries can develop if you are aligned poorly. A good fit will put you in a neutral and symmetric position. 

Improved Comfort - common complaints are pain, numbness, and tingling. Most often these symptoms occur in the feet, knees, saddle area, back, neck and hands. Proper positioning should eliminate these issues. 

Photo by Clay Schwarck 

Photo by Clay Schwarck 

Increased Efficiency - when you're positioned correctly, the muscles have the ability to move through their full range and recruitment which creates strength, power, endurance. 

More Fun - When you're comfortable on your bike you are going to be able to ride longer and stronger. 

Photo by Clay Schwarck 

Photo by Clay Schwarck