Everyone deserves to have a more comfortable ride. No matter your age, ambition, or fitness level, the biggest determining factor in how far, fast, and fun your cycling experience is how good it feels to get on the bike. We work to understand your unique needs, and so much of what we do isn't about the bike, it's about the body. That's why we look at range of motion, flexibility, and past injuries to make the best adjustments possible.
We also understand that your fitness, flexibility, and general feeling on the bike changes. That's why we offer one year of tweaks and adjustments included in your fit. Your body isn't static, and what works in April may not be right for your riding in July. We work hard to ensure you're comfortable today and tomorrow, so you can always enjoy the ride.
Fresh Air: Respiratory Changes
Breath in, breath out. Your position on the bike can affect your breathing in a big way, and that's just one of the details we account for in your bike fit with Ride Science. The respiratory system is one of the most important keys for any athlete, and for cyclists, perhaps the most accurate measure of fitness. The three part of the system (the airways, the lungs, and the muscles that contract the lungs) are complex, but the adjustment is simple. We structure your fit to get the most out of those respiratory muscles, which are the only part of the system that respond to training.
Stretching To Improve Fitness and Prevent Injury
The cyclist's posture on the bicycle is iconic, but not universal. It's more than just being 'bent over the bars'; your body is sustaining and supporting trunk flexion for hours at a time. That position puts increased pressure on the thoracic and lumbar spine, and can lead to deformation of spinal tissue. The wrong position for a long time can lead to injury and pain. The right fit and sport-specific stretching exercises have been positively associated with a decrease in pain. This is why incorporating some fitness work off the bike is crucial. Stretch lightly before you ride, but set aside a dedicated ten to twenty minutes to stretch when you're done. Post-ride stretches have been proven to improve your recovery, prevent injury, and bring your spine back into proper alignment.
There have been plenty of studies show that saddle discomforts are among the main problems with cycling. These same studies argue that sitting on a bike saddle might promote erectile dysfunction, with all these studies have created lots of saddle designs. To improve the pressure load on the saddle, we would need to look more into the the rider's anatomy and the size and surface of the saddle. The pelvic position on the saddle can be analyzed by eye or by using some kind of technology. When by looking at a person from behind, it is possible to recognize a tendency of asymmetry. Feeling for markings the spinae iliac anterior with these bony structures provide information on the pelvic symmetry or asymmetry.Factors influencing saddle contact points are; shape of saddle,bib shorts, saddle height,saddle positioning,crank arm length ,cleat position, saddle tilt and cycling disciplines. The connection between the pelvis and the saddle is of central importance for the entire rider. Achieving this stability and comfort will improve the athlete's performance in which they would be riding more.
The simple act of pedaling actually has a lot going on. The pedal stroke can be broken down into two parts. Tangential force is moving in the direction of movement. Radial force is any energy that is directed in the crank itself, which can be in any direction during the course of a smooth, round repetition. The majority of your power comes during the downstroke, which is from noon to six, if you think of the stroke as a clock. Here, gravity is your friend, as is the ability to use large muscle groups, such as those in the hip extensors, knee extensors, and plantar flexors.
Putting out the power, therefore, is a process that includes a deep and complex web of biomechanical systems all firing in unison. Power into the pedals is useless if you're not comfortable, don't address some basic aerodynamics, or account for comfort. Using this information, incorporating stretching to encourage your body's symmetry, and taking steps to improve your physical fitness will not only make you a faster cyclist, but make every mile more enjoyable.