Our Claymore Bike Fit Process
At Claymore Bicycle Fitting we aim to provide the best bike fitting service in Scotland. Our approach and bike fit process ensures the outcome we achieve meets your needs and goals.
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 & Initial Documentation
We set up the bike fitting equipment in the room(s) set aside by you for the session.
We take detailed measurements of your current bicycle set up which involves your assistance!
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. We therefore undertake detailed analysis of your feet and cleats. We also:
These assessments enable us to establish your functionality and identify any asymmetries.
On Bike Direct Observation & Interventions
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 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.
Adjustments are completed once we are both satisfied with a given position.
Detailed measurements are taken of your new riding position.
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.
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.
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.