CONTENDER BIOMECHANIC FIT
Contender Bicycles is proud to create the most comprehensive motion capture bicycle fit available. Combining our fitting principles with data acquired through Dartfish’s video analysis software and the CompuTrainer, Contender Bicycles offers the Biomechanic Fit.
Performed in our Contender Biomechanics Fit Studio, the Biomechanic Fit starts with a thorough interview to determine each rider’s goals, expectations, flexibility, limitations and riding style. After we gain a better understanding of the rider, the rider is observed on the bike and motion capture analysis establishes a baseline for improvements.
At Contender Bicycles, we believe that every rider interacts with their bike in their own unique way. Human function is highly complex and individualistic, therefore there can only be individual solutions to individual problems, which is why we believe that a formulaic approach to bike fitting will never truly succeed in the end.
In order to gain a better understanding of each rider and their structural makeup, a thorough interview is conducted prior to the fitting to determine their goals, expectations, flexibility, and physical limitations. From here, we delve into the finer details of their position using a torque analysis program to assess the quality of their pedal stroke and a motion capture system to visually analyze their posture and level of symmetrical function on the bike. These tools help provide insight and real-time feedback as to how the changes being made are affecting their pedal stroke and power output, but more importantly, they help highlight asymmetries within a rider’s position that negatively impact their overall performance. A quality bike fit should specifically involve improving a rider’s level of symmetry on the bike at the lowest metabolic cost possible. Therefore, we exclusively optimize every client’s position for comfort, stability, and efficiency according to what their current structural makeup will allow.
The foot-bike interface is critical to bike fit. In order to make sure the foot is properly supported and aligned we devote a significant amount of time working on your cleat position as well as implementing arch support too. Cleats are positioned both fore/aft as well as side to side with the appropriate amount of rotation so that your foot is in the centre of your pedal’s float. If necessary we will use wedges to correct the cant of your foot, and shims to correct structural or functional leg length discrepancies. Adequately supporting the feet ensures optimal muscle firing patterns on the bike. Without this, poor muscle recruitment patterns often result, which can lead to muscular imbalances, increased strain on the joints, and ultimately overuse injuries.
After updating the position, a final motion analysis is made to fine tune any improvements. All measurements and motion analysis are documented and provided to the rider while also being kept on file at Contender Bicycles.
The Contender Biomechanic Fit takes approximately 2 hours and is $200.