This is a great time of year to buy a new bike with considerable price reductions on last years models and also a perfect time for a bike fit before the spring and increasing miles on the bike.
If it is a new bike you have purchased it is worth getting the set up correct for you even if you have managed to transfer some measurements from your old bike. Every bike brand is different with slight variations in measurements and angles that can all of a sudden make those longer rides a little uncomfortable.
We are constantly changing physically and therefore bike fits should reflect these changes as we may become more or less flexible with changing activity levels as well as loosing or gaining weight. These are just a few examples.
Bike fitting is a constant evolving process, for example if a cyclist is increasing the hours in the saddle along with some flexibility work then gradually the stem length may need lengthening along with sneaking the saddle up and perhaps changing to a more aggressive position with lower handlebars. Alternatively a competitive cyclist might start to favour a more relaxed position and sustainable position when doing less racing and more leisure riding. It is therefore worth getting an occasional bike fit to assess any changes that may have occurred to you or your lifestyle, even if it is the same bike you have ridden for years.
The key message is that a bike fit is unique to an individual and can change over time. An individual exercise and stretch programme may also be required to compliment the bike fit. Sometimes it is more about addressing the physical issues than the bike. Start the new year with a check on you and your bike position as well as your goals for the following year.Contact Matt Withycombe at clinic (0114 2671223) if you want any further advice.