Cycling Bike Assessments: How Do They Help Cycling Training?
Cycling is a common way to get from point A to point B, especially in inner city areas. As the old saying goes: it’s just like riding a bike! Surely then we should all just be able to jump on said bike and ride; from commuting to and from work during the week, to clocking a couple of hundred kilometres on the weekends. However, it’s not always as simple as that.
When cycling regularly, it is crucial to get the biomechanical technique right or one of many common injuries could occur. Pain or injury may debilitate you for the long term and leave you unable to continue with regular strength training sessions or endurance riding.
Cycling assessments are a good way to ensure your cycling posture and biomechanical rhythms are working in tandem. A cycling assessment will help you to avoid any practices that may cause injury. Recommendations made by your physiotherapist will improve your performance and see you continue training safely.
Your local Erko Physio can perform an assessment of your cycling style at our clinic. An assessment will help you to sustain an ideal position on the bike and will maximise your output when cycling.
During our cycling assessments, we will not only look at your set up on the bike but also take into account any weakness or control issues in certain important muscle groups off the bike. This can play a big part in pain on the bike and addressing them with a targeted rehabilitation program goes hand in hand with adjusting set up in allowing clients to ride pain free – changing one without the other doesn’t address the whole picture and this is something that, as physiotherapists, we are uniquely qualified to do.
Based on your performance on the bicycle, recommendations will be made regarding your posture, style, and weekly training load.
Cycling assessments are useful for people that ride for practical reasons and for those that compete. By observing you in motion, on your bike at the physio, your local physio will be able to make recommendations designed to improve your training plan or get you back on your feet.
Observation will occur during a 45-minute time trial. Recommendations made after the high intensity interval will aim to enhance your riding posture. This will improve your ability to increase the distance you ride and the speed at which you ride as well as avoid injury.
If you have recently suffered an injury or pain in your back, knees or hips, that’s okay because at Erko Physio we’ll be able to guide you through rehabilitation while you continue to keep riding your bike. We’ll ensure the proper set up so there are no biomechanical forces that will promote injury or increase your pain while performing recovery rides. We’ll have you back on your feet in as short an amount of time as possible.
For all cycling bicycle assessments Sydney, call Erko Physio today to schedule an appointment. We will do everything we can to help novice and experienced riders alike improve cycling performance and become even more bike fit.