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OUR CLAYMORE BICYCLE FIT PROCESS

At Claymore Bicycle Fitting we aim to provide the best bicycle fitting service in Scotland. Our approach and bike fit process ensures the outcome we achieve meets your needs and goals.

 

Informal Chat

After introducing ourselves we have a chat to get to know about you, your cycling goals and what you want the Claymore Bicycle Fitting to achieve.

Set Up

We set up the bike fitting equipment in the room(s) set aside by you for the session.

Initial Documentation

We take detailed measurements of your current bicycle set up which involves your assistance! During the documentation your bicycle can reveal little gems of information of how you sit and ride on your bicycle.

Physical Assessments

The principle of our Claymore Bike Fit is to fit your bicycle to you. We can only do this by learning about you, your capabilities and limitations.

Image_Physical assessmentWe therefore undertake detailed analysis of your feet and cleats:

  • We measure different aspects of your feet under different loads, and look at how the foot and ankle are affecting the kinetic chain of your lower limbs.
  • We look at cleat placement in relation to your feet.

We pay a lot of attention on this area as the correct shoe to pedal interface is fundamental to improving function and symmetry on the bicycle.

We also:

  • Take different body measurements
  • Assess muscle strength
  • Look at your posture
  • Assess lower limb function
  • Assess joint range of motion
  • Assess hip and pelvic function
  • Assess your muscle flexibility

These assessments enable us to establish your functionality and identify any asymmetries.

As our Cycle Fit Analyst is a qualified Sports Massage Therapist and Biomechanics Trainer we can also provide appropriate advice to help improve function and symmetry.

Image_On bike observationOn Bike Direct Observation

Using direct observation we analyse your current riding position to identify any functional challenges and asymmetries (on bike compensatory behaviour) it may have created.

We look at your current foot placement on the pedals, pedalling technique, lower extremity kinematics and many other aspects of your position.

Interventions

Interventions are the positional changes we make to your cleats and the contact points on the bicycle to best accommodate your functionality and improve on bike function and symmetry: This is the bike fit.

Where appropriate we make adjustments to:

  • cleat position
  • handlebar reach
  • extension position
  • saddle height
  • handlebar drop
  • pelvic position
  • saddle setback
  • lever position
  • hand positions
  • saddle angle
  • pad position
  • torso position

Adjustments are completed once we are both satisfied with a given position.

Final Documentation

Image_XY MeasurementDetailed measurements are taken of your new riding position.

Your Report

After you cycle fit we send you a report. This reports highlights key findings, interventions made, why they were made and post cycle fit recommendations.

The Follow Up

We follow up all our bicycles fit to check you have adapted to the the new riding position and you are satisfied with the result. We expect 100% satisfaction with the results of our Claymore Bicycle Fit and, if this hasn't been achieved, we will continue to work with you until we achieve an outcome that meets your expectations. This is our commitment to you as we will not be satisfied with your bicycle fit till you are satisfied.

Your Commitment

In return, since our approach is a collaborative process, we expect you to be fully committed to the process. This means implementing any post bike fit recommendation we make and allowing your body time to adapt to the new riding position. Should you have any concerns about the new position you should feed this back to us first and not make any changes unless instructed by us.

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With a Claymore Bike Fit you can book in confidence knowing you are going to get properly fitted as our Cycle Fit Analyst is one of Scotland's highest qualified bike fitters having been initially schooled at the Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI) to an advanced level. He has also continuously developed his skills leaning new fitting techniques and is a qualified sports massage therapist and Biomechanics Trainer.

The Process of Adaptation

After a bike fit your body needs to adapt to your new position. This is due to changes in proprioceptive feedback, muscle recruitment, muscle contraction patterns, etc. Even small changes made to your riding position can produce big physiological changes.

It is therefore important to give yourself time to adapt to the new position by reducing the intensity and duration of your bike rides. This process can take between 3 - 6 weeks.

Whilst adapting it is natural for the new position not to feel "right" and at times it can produce temporary discomfort.

It is also not unusual for your performance to dip during adaptation therefore any bike fit should preferably not been done before an important event.

"If positional changes are not recorded and given to your client then the bicycle fitting has not been done"

paraphrasing
Chris Jacobson, Director SICI

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Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

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