Common Bike Fit Issues – Part 1

Frequently I get requests to see what a typical bike fit looks like.  On the surface this seems like an easy to produce video with some clever editing.  The problem I keep running into is the phrase “typical”.  Out of the couple hundred athletes I fit each year, none are exactly alike, and as such none are typical.  There are however “typical” or common issues that arise with almost every fit and I have listed those here.

  • Soreness in Neck, shoulders, lower back and hands
  • Feeling of being crunched
  • Feeling of being too low
  • Feeling of reaching
  • Cleat position
  • Knee alignment
  • Saddle position

Out of all these “typical” issues that generally are the reason for someone contacting me in the first place, the number one most common/ typical issue is knee alignment or tracking.  There are a variety of reasons for the knee not tracking correctly all of which lead to an inefficient pedal stroke and loss of power.

here are my top 5 reasons for knee alignment issues

  1. Cleat position (location on shoe)
  2. Varus/ Valgus foot tilt (natural angle of the ball of foot)
  3. Pedal stance (position of the pedal relative to crank arm)
  4. Incorrect pedal
  5. saddle position

4 of the 5 reasons all stem from the shoe/ pedal interface.  In future blog articles I will go in depth for each one of these issues and the ones listed above.  For now I offer up these two short videos that demonstrate a typical client before addressing these common issues and after the initial fitting process.

When watching these videos at the same time, notice the after adjustment (bottom) video leg speed.  This higher cadence is typical of an adjusted and more efficient athlete and was unsolicited.

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One Response to “Common Bike Fit Issues – Part 1”

  1. […] Bike Fit – Knee Alignment As mentioned in common bike fit issues part 1, knee alignment is very important to a proper and efficient fit.  Poor knee alignment at best is […]

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