This article explains why competitive cyclists in search of marginal gains should be comprehensively screened for anatomical and biomechanical abnormalities before Bikefit or positional set-up. The benefits of anatomical and biomechanical screening of competitve cyclists.
The aim of this study was to assess the influence of different bike positions on the perception of fatigue, pain and comfort. Effect of bike-fit in the perception of comfort, fatigue and pain.
This practical guide, written by a leading Bikefitting expert, takes you step-by-step through the Bikefitting process – to ensure you maximize your cycling potential. Bikefit to maximise your cycling potential.
The objective of this study was to obtain new methods to optimize the fit of the competition road bicycle, according to the anthropometric variables and torque. The study group consisted of 28 male cyclist of professional U.C.I. The bike fit of the road professional cyclist related to anthropometry measurments and the torque of the crank
An article for Aero fans! In order to overcome resistance a cyclist has to deliver a total power output of which 90% is necessary to overcome the aerodynamic drag. In order to perform research in this aerodynamic drag a wind tunnel has been built by the Belgium company Flanders' Bike Valley. Design and Construction of an Open-circuit Wind Tunnel with Specific Measurement Equipment for Cycling
The aim of the study was to analyze changes in the position of female cyclists before and after bike fitting. The study sample consisted of four female cyclists from a professional Polish cycling team TKK Pacific. The cyclists' position on the bike was analyzed with an optoelectronic system BTS SMART DX 7000, before and after bike fitting. Optoelectronic analysis of cyclists' position before and after a bike fit: A case study of a professional women's cycling team.
A precise qualitative analysis of the biomechanics of proper pedal stroke starts before actual examination of the motion and action during the pedal stroke. A qualitative analysis of the biomechanics of proper pedal stroke.
Management of overuse injuries in cycling generally involves mechanical adjustment as well as medical management. Neck and back pain are extremely common in cyclists, occurring in up to 60% of riders. Ulnar neuropathy, characterised by tingling, numbness and weakness in the hands is common in serious cyclists after several days of riding. Managing saddle-related injuries or irritations may also involve adjusting seat height, angle and fore and aft position in addition to changing the saddle. Saddle-related problems include chafing, perineal folliculitis and furuncles, subcutaneous perineal nodules, pudendal neuropathy, male impotence, traumatic urethritis and a variety of vulva trauma. Common Cycling Injuries: Management and Prevention.
This article looks at the most common Triathlon-related diagnoses which include; Anterior knee pain, lower back and neck myofascial pain, iliotibial band friction syndrome, and Achilles tendonitis. Chronic musculoskeletal conditions associated with the cycling segment of the triathlon; Prevention and treatment with an emphasis on proper bicycle fitting.
This article explores the potential role of the proactive therapist in the rapidly growing Bikefit market, where correct Bikefitting can result in the dual benefits of enhanced performance and reduced injury. Modern-day bikefitting can offer proactive therapists new opportunities.
This research project examined the importance of Bike Ergonomics in relation to the biomechanics of the human body. The presenting complaints of cyclists reveal a very crucial role that health professionals play in the proper set up of cyclists on their bike taking into account the many variables associated with the sport. Biomechanics and cycling - The crucial link.
This article helps to determine the incidence of distal ulnar nerve compression in cyclists, or tingling and loss of sensation in the lower-arms and hands. Ulnar and median nerve palsy in long-distance cyclists a prospective study.
This paper empirically analyses the effect a change of the saddle position in the sagittal plane (setback) by ±10mm has on the position of the knee joint as well as the pressure parameters central pressure point (COP), maximal pressure and loaded surface on the saddle. Evaluating the central pressure point to determine the optimal saddle setback
The aims of this study were to (1) examine riding habits of injured cyclists, (2) identify factors related to seeking medical treatment, (3) investigate performance of recreational road cyclists compared with established norms regarding strength and flexibility measures, and (4) propose cycling-specific injury risk factors. The club-level road cyclist: Injury, pain, and performance.
Correct bicycle fit is important, and kinematic instability must be addressed to reduce the risk of knee injury. This article demonstrates that a change in Q Factor (horizontal distance between crank arms) has been shown to decrease metabolic cost. Metabolic and kinematic effects of self-selected Q factor during bike fit.
The main aim of the study was to investigate the effects on performance by manipulating a cyclist’s bike fit in-line with normative bike fitting data. For the purpose of this study the identifiable performance improvement was gross efficiency (GE) and the system that was used to perform the bike-fit was the Retül bike-fit system. Influence of positional biomechanics on gross efficiency within cycling.
This article compares the differences between static and dynamic measurement or assessment reported of the reliability of motion capture for bicycle fitting and investigates the repeatability of key bike fitting kinematic parameters and differences between static and dynamic conditions. Differences in static and dynamic bike fit with 3d motion capture.
Authoritative, yet accessible, this guide provides the latest on science and technology from the world's top cycling coaches and researchers. Comprehensive and cutting edge, coverage includes the rider-machine interface, environmental stressors, health issues, the planning of training programs, racing techniques, and more. The science of bike fit