Could you benefit from a bike fit evaluation?

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

Bike Adjustments

Fortunately there are many adjustments that can be made to your bike that can allow you to ride with less or no pain if you do develop an overuse injury. Typically these adjustments start down at the cleat /pedal level, then move to the saddle, and then, ultimately, reach the stem and handlebar. In most cases, the cleat should be centered under the ball of your foot. Your saddle height should be adjusted so that there is a 25-35? knee bend at the bottom of your pedal stroke.  Handlebar height is much more variable between cyclists. In general, you want the handlebars to be high enough so that your lower back is comfortable, but not so high as to create too much of an upright position that compromises performance.  Finally, the stem length should allow your shoulder angle to remain at 90?, or less, when your hands are on the bars.

Thank you to our patients who share their success stories with us.  The following update is from a Bozeman patient of ours who recently completed rehab with Jason following knee surgery.    After her surgery and rehab, she completed demanding hikes in the Highland Mary Lakes and Grand Turk regions in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  She writes to Jason "...Again, my thanks for your persistence and ability to prescribe what was needed."    Congratulations to D.H. for taking on these demanding long-distance hikes with elevations up to 12,400 feet!  May her inspiring endeavor be an inspiration to others and especially, you, as well!

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