Bike Fit Evaluation

What is the bike fit evaluation?

Whether you are a competitive cyclist, bike commuter, or just ride for fun, you and your bike should fit well together and work as an integrated unit. A proper bike fit minimizes discomfort, increases efficiency, and helps prevent pain or injury. Creekside therapists can evaluate the way your body is positioned on the bike and make sure that your biking style "fits" your functional goals, whether they are focused on recreation, competition, or practical transportation. Bike fit evaluations include: musculoskeletal evaluation, bicycle evaluation and measurement, video analysis, static and dynamic measurements on the bicycle, instruction in proper stretching and strengthening to correct muscle imbalance or postural dysfunction, techniques for injury prevention, and recovery strategies for bicycle related injuries.

The therapists at Creekside want you to know that personal fitness, proper body mechanics, and correct sizing are equally important factors in riding. Good flexibility of the hamstrings, quadriceps, and gluteal muscles is crucial because they generate the majority of pedaling force and experience a high frequency arc of motion. Proper stretching, balance, and strengthening exercises will help with coordination of bicycling-related skills and contribute to enhanced performance. Also, consider your level of endurance as you determine the distances you would like to ride.

Common bicycle related injuries:
  • Anterior (front) Knee Pain- Possible causes include having the saddle set too low, pedaling at a low cadence (speed), using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clipless pedals, and other lower extremity muscle imbalances.
  • Neck Pain- Possible causes include incorrect handlebar or saddle position, poor frame match, and inadequate muscular support.
  • Lower Back Pain- Possible causes include inflexible hamstrings, low cadence, using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, poor back strength, incorrect handlebars, stem or frame length.
  • Hamstring Tendonitis- Possible causes are inflexible hamstrings, high saddle, misaligned bicycle cleat, and poor hamstring strength.
  • Hand Numbness or Pain- Possible causes are short-reach handlebars, poorly placed brake levers, and a downward tilt of the saddle.
  • Foot Numbness or Pain- Possible causes are using quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, low cadence, faulty foot mechanics, and misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clipless pedals.
  • Ilio-Tibial Band Tendonitis- Possible causes are too-high saddle, leg length difference, and misaligned bicycle cleats.