As the old saying goes …. “It’s just like riding a bike!” Simple! …. But is it?
For some, cycling is a mode of transport, for others a challenge of crazy distances and hills and for many a pleasurable way to explore the great outdoors. For whichever reason you ride, ultimately comfort on the bike will play a large role in your enjoyment.
Whilst there is very little jarring load on our joints in cycling (compared to running for example) it requires repetitive movements of the body often for quite long durations. If you think that the average cadence (revolutions per minute) for a cyclist is 90 RPM, on a 2 hour ride that is over 10,000 times!!
A cycling assessment and bikefit will help you find the best position on the bike for you, for maximum comfort and optimal performance. This will minimise the risk of injury due to overuse of joints in poor biomechanical alignment.
Every body is different, so each cyclist has unique biomechanics. Having a cycling assessment and bike fit conducted by a trained physiotherapist will take into account the way you move, your current cycling experience, injury history and YOUR goals of cycling. We put all this together to find the optimal position for YOU on your bike.
So whether you are doing the daily commute to work, chasing KOMs up Kinglake, preparing for the tri season or cruising the bike paths with the family in search of the best café, book in for a bike fit at The Optimal Health Lab and enjoy the ride!!
Shin splints, AKA medial tibial stress syndrome, is a condition that causes discomfort on the inside or front of your leg (between your knee and ankle) and can affect up to 35% of people who run or jump. We see this very commonly in the pre-season phase, or with people who have just started out running (yes, a lot during lockdown) and it can be extremely frustrating! So, how can you prevent it?