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Bike positioning

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Several factors determine the correct position on the bike. A multi-disciplinary approach is therefore required. The bike must be adapted to the rider and not the other way around. Everyone has different body shapes and posture, as well as other objectives.

1. Intake interview

We start the analysis by asking a few simple questions: 
What are you specific objectives?
Have you had to contend with injuries in the past? 
How many hours do you train every week at the moment?

2. Agility

Both the knee flexors, knee extensors, hip flexors, hip extensors and the iliotibial band (side leg and hip) are screened for flexibility. This screening plays an important role in getting the positioning on the bicycle correct since the length of the muscles determine the movement possibilities

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3. Foot structure

We examine pressure distribution under the feet, as well as the mobility of the foot structure. Based on these observations and analyses during cycling, we decide if personal bicycle soles are appropriate. For the bicycle soles, Energy Lab uses specific, non-shock absorbent materials. This ensures a very stiff and light cycling shoe sole that optimises pedalling efficiency and power transfer.

4. Back and pelvis scan

The Diers 4D scanner (4D = height, width, depth and time) measures and analyses the complete back curvature, pelvis position and rotation of the vertebrae with respect to the pelvis and with respect to one another. This analysis is crucial given the large influence of the bike position on the load on the back and the back problems suffered by many cyclists.

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5. Bike scan 

Since the bicycle positioning is carried out on our dynamic GURU fit system bike, you do not necessarily have to bring your own bicycle. If you already have a bike, we use a Retül 3D measurement system to scan your current bike and transfer the geometry to our fit system bike. Your current bike position will then become the starting point of our search for your optimal bike position.

6. Shoe plates

Often, cleats are fitted based on feeling. This can lead to efficiency loss and strain injuries. It is essential that the correct positioning of the cleats is based on the foot and lower leg structure. It is advisable to bring new cleats if your current ones have worn out.

7. 3D Bike positioning

The bike position is dynamically analysed with the Bioracer Motion system. This allows us to perform a simultaneous left/right measurement of many important parameters of the cycling movement (joint angles, position of the knee relative to the forefoot, knee trajectory, balance, left/right differences,...). The positioning is performed on a dynamic GURU fitbike. While cycling, we adjust the bike position based on those different parameters. We look for the ideal combination of efficiency and comfort.

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8.  Adjusting your bike

We determine your new optimal bike position with up to 1 mm accuracy . Using this information, we adapt your current bike (as far as possible) on the spot.

In addition, we have a very extensive database at Energy Lab containing the latest bicycle frames. If you want to purchase a new bike, we can advise you which bike best fits your ideal bike position. 

9. Discussion

After the analyses have been carried out, we discuss all the test results. What are the changes to the bike position? What exercises can you carry out to improve your stability, pelvic position, pedal efficiency and agility? We discuss these and many more questions in detail.

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What will you take home?

  • An extensive and detailed report of your bike positioning including videos of your position before and after the positioning
  • An optimally adjusted bicycle (as far as possible)/guidelines for the purchase of a new bicycle
  • Correctly placed cleats
  • A report of your body composition
  • A report about your pelvis position and back position with trigger points for your physiotherapist or osteopath
  • Advice on trunk stabilisation exercises
  • Advice on the stretching of the most important muscle groups for cyclists

Looking for the ideal position on your bike?

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