Measurements, Pedaling Style & Cycling Analysis
The foundation for faster and better cycling!
A bicycle is a precision machine, designed to exact tolerance. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of most cyclists. Riders with unequal leg length and/or strength find that they must adapt themselves to their bicycles. This causes inefficient pedaling, resulting in reduced power output and pain. Some common symptom in these cases include:
- Knee pain
- Ligament irritation
- Muscle and joint soreness
- Fatigue greater on one side of the body
- Saddle sores
In many cases you may not feel dramatic symptoms, but simple find that even though you train as hard as other, you don't produce the same power, smoothness, speed or recovery times.
The first and most critical step to resolving these problems is to analyze your individual pedaling style and determine your specific needs. A complete test requires approximately two hours, is reasonably priced and covers the following areas:
IN-DEPTH TESTING PROCEDURE
- Complete foot measurements are takes to determine optimal cleat placement relative to the ball of the foot and pedal spindle.
- Complete video analysis of pedal stroke for each foot is made to analyze foot position throughout the power stroke and isolate side to side differences.
- Leg angle is measured in real time using video camera and goniometer to determine optimal seat height.
- Your bicycle is mounted in a computerized trainer stand which accurately measures horsepower and torque for each leg individually over a wide range of pedal speed and loads.
- Your bicycle is set up in a specially designed machine that holds the bicycle steady and squares up the riders hips and body so that precise leg length measurement can be made while rider is on the bike.
- Position of the legs, hips and upper body relative to the bicycle is analyzed throughout the pedal stroke.
We analyze the data from these tests completely and make recommendations to make your bicycle fit you rather than forcing you to fit your bicycle. Common solution include changes in shoe cleat, saddle and handle bar positioning. If needed we also offer special equipment to compensate for leg length discrepancies, timing/torque discrepancies.
We offer this testing by appointment at our facility in Mammoth Lakes, CA.. If it is inconvenient to come to Mammoth Lakes, we periodically offer mobile testing in various areas of California. Why ride another day without realizing your full potential? Call High Sierra Cycle Center today!