Having your bike correctly set up can improve efficiency and reduce injury risk.
An often overlooked area of bike fitting is the pedal interface and represents an area where adjustments in the frontal, transverse and sagittal plane positioning of the cleat can establish an effective base for propulsion.
During cycling the movements of the body are relative to your contact points on the bike (pedals, handlebars, seat) and therefore the position of these contact points is important.
Using cleats has the advantage of increase power transference to the cranks (compared to normal shoes on platform pedals without toe clips) but carries with it a ‘locking in’ of the base of propulsion into a specific position in terms of how much the foot is rotated, translated forward and back and tilted left and right.
Seat height and position forward and back will impact the joint angle excursions moved through at the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and ankle during cycling.
It is worth having your bike correctly fitted prior to commencing bike training. The ideal setup for you may also change as your flexibility and power relative to that position changes with training, so it may also need revising at some point.Back to Blog Home