ALIHISGREAT wrote:lef wrote:ALIHISGREAT wrote:Herbsman wrote:Shouldn't the bike adjust to the rider, not vice versa?
My bike fit (not BG) felt good straight away.
You ride for however many miles (not an insignificant number) in the wrong position.. so your body adapts to this position and muscles become accustomed to working in that position.
You then get put in a bio-mechanically correct position.. and your body has to adjust back.
If you fit the bike to someone who is adjusted to a bad position.. you end up in a bad position.
When I had my bike fit my saddle went up ~4cm too.. taking me to 28degrees leg extension -> back of the knees didn't feel right for the first few rides.. then it settled down.
A correct position for a rider should not create discomfort, and in my view if it does it is not correct for the rider at that given time and worse case cause injury. A fit intending to achieve a comfortable position for a rider needs to understand the riders comfortable range of motion, weaknesses and so on, at the time of the fit and allow for them. The bike is then adjusted to suit this.
Ok so lets use a theoretical example...
I have a bad position on the bike -> leg extension is way off, and this is causing my hamstrings and calves to tighten up as my leg isn't straightening enough, and there is likelihood of knee pain due to too much stress on the knees.
I then get put in a proper position on the bike with leg extension at around 30degrees... the previous tightness in my hamstrings and calves now puts more pressure on my back.. and I get back pain.
What should we do in this situation? According to you we keep the bad fit? which is biomechanically incorrect and will cause problems down the road with the knees (if its not already causing problems).
According to me.. we use the new fit which is correct.. then we solve the back problem at the root of the cause. (which is likely to be contributed to be the poor bike fit anyway)
I would suggest gradual changes if creating discomfort / pain and make the changes in addition to an off the bike flexibility & core program. A good fitter will say come back for further consultation if you are experiencing any problems, not suggest you continue to ride through the pain, and dont worry it will go away soon enough. If someone has been riding for years in the wrong position why the urgency to suddenly shoehorn them into the 'perfect' position.