Our Bike Fit Philosophy
Our philosophy is quite simple: To improve your comfort, efficiency, safety and performance the bicycle we need to make you functional and symmetrical on the bicycle, by matching your bicycle to your functional abilities and asymmetries.
We are all unique and the only way to properly do this is to fully understand how you function off the bicycle and analyse how your bicycle challenges the way you move on the bike. A challenged position results in your body having to compensate to over come the challenges. At Claymore Bicycle Fitting we improve the position of your contact points to produce a riding position that is in tune with your functional abilities and asymmetries rather than working against them. This will result in a more comfortable riding position, less risk of developing an injury, better efficiency, greater safety resulting in better performance.
There are numerous reasons why we function as we do: Some we cannot influence such as those which are genetically determined (e.g.: a structural leg length discrepancy), and others we can influence such as improving our flexibility and range of motion. There are also intrinsic (e.g. weak muscle) and extrinsic (e.g. sitting for long hours) factors that influence our functionality and can produce functional asymmetries and muscular dysfunction.
A muscle that is not functioning optimally (dysfunctional) can produce compensatory behaviour and functional asymmetries. Conversely intrinsic asymmetries (e.g. a leg length discrepancy) or extrinsic asymmetry (e.g.: sitting with a fat wallet in one hip pocket) can cause muscular dysfunction.
To varying degrees we are all asymmetrical and most of us possess some area of muscular dysfunction.
Why does this matter? Well off the bicycle these factors may not be an issue as our bodies can freely move as there are limited or no restraints on our movement. Off the bike our bodies, which are amazing adaptors and functional compensators, can do this as it is not inhibited. However on a bicycle we are sitting on a symmetrical piece of apparatus where our movements are constrained by through the positions of the contact points*.
When the bicycle is not fitted to accommodate for our functional abilities and asymmetries this will produce a challenged position.
When our position is challenged on the bicycle we compensate in different ways: We may rotate the pelvis, drop the hip, overreach through one leg to pedal or elevate and protract the shoulder to reach the handlebar.
The result is an increase potential for developing discomfort, pain, overuse injuries and reducing efficiency and performance.
It is therefore logical that the greater the integration of the contact points with your functionality, and the more symmetrical you are on the bicycle, the less likely you are going to get an overuse injury, the more comfortable and efficient you are going to be and the better you can perform.
To achieve this we use an approach that differs from the typical bike shop or Retül bike fit to delivers.
*pedals, saddle and handlebars