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Pro Bike Fit - Worthwhile?

squiredsquired Posts: 1,153
edited March 2011 in Workshop
I'm a regular cyclist, but in the last few years the mileage has been somewhat limited due to problems with my left knee. Having said that, even when my knee is fine I'll probably only go out for rides lasting a maximum of 2-3 hours.

I know that there isn't anything serious wrong (NHS appointment, which didn't get as far as a scan), but I am still struggling to fix it.

I've been working on stretching the muscles frequently, using a foam roller and when I switch jobs in April I'm going to stay off the bike for a month.

The thing I'm wondering about is whether to get a pro-bike fit done. I live in South London, so would be looking for somewhere inside the M25. Is it likely to be a worthwhile exercise and if so, are there any recommended places?


  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    Depends where you go and who's doing it imo. 'Professionals' can still get it wrong ... I liked cyclefit in covent garden but there are others of course.
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    have you seen a sports physio?
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Depends on whether your knee problem is a general / pre-existing chronic condition or whether it has been caused / exacerbated by cycling. If the former, then I'm not sure a bike fit will help as much - but expect it won't make them any worse. As suggested, a physio might help with exercises which will help strengthen your knees - chronic conditions are often a consequence of muscular imbalance / weakness as well as injury.

    For bikefit, Rohan Dubash offer's a good service at Sigma Sport in Kingston.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • trekvettrekvet Posts: 223
    Have your pedals got enough float, free float that is, not spring resisted? My Speedplays have 20degrees+ . Wouldn't ride any other.

    Have you tried hamstring stretches and inner thigh stretches? If either are tight will cause knee probs.
    The Wife complained for months about the empty pot of bike oil on the hall stand; so I replaced it with a full one.
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