Dynamic Bike Fitting
Fitting a bike to its rider isn’t just about maximising comfort. It’s vital to boosting performance and minimising the risk of injury.
Elbows Akimbo combine the latest technology with clinical best practice to offer one of the most advanced bike fitting services in Australia. Our bike fitting protocol has been developed over many years of experience and is guided by the latest scientific research. By assessing your cycling history and musculoskeletal functional capacity, we are then able to utilise our biomechanical analysis tools to optimise your fit position and relationship to key contact points to meet your cycling needs and capabilities.
Leading cyclists rely on Elbows Akimbo bike fitting. Whether you’re an occasional rider, elite athlete or somewhere in between, we can make all the difference to your ride.
The Elbows Akimbo bike fitting service is a comprehensive process that starts with a detailed interview. During the interview, we document information about your cycling history and load, relevant injuries and any discomfort that you might be experiencing. This information provides us with critical information that helps guide the rest of the bike fitting process so that we can focus on addressing your bike fitting needs.
We’ll then conduct a thorough musculoskeletal screening to assess your mobility, strength and control. This process not only provides us with information to help us understand what position is best suited to your physical capabilities, but also (if required), provides a basis on which we can build a personalised strength and conditioning program.
Technologies and Bike Fit Analysis
Once the initial off-the-bike assessment is completed, we’ll then analyse your fit position. Elbows Akimbo use a range of kinematic (3D and 2D motion analysis) and kinetic (electromyography, saddle and plantar pressure measurement) biomechanical analysis systems that rival the world’s best bike fitting studios. This suite of technologies allows us to gain a level of understanding of your position on the bike and interaction with key contact points not otherwise available.
Together with the information gathered from the initial rider assessment, we’ll then make evidenced-based decisions about adjustments to your existing fit so that you achieve optimal alignment, stability and comfort across all body segments. Areas of modification include:
- Cleat fore/aft position
- Cleat medial/lateral position
- Cleat rotation
- Cleat and/or ITS wedges
- Cleat shims
- Customisable insoles
- Saddle height
- Saddle fore/aft position
- Saddle tilt
- Saddle selection
- Handlebar height
- Handlebar orientation
- Lever position
- Handlebar selection
- Stem length
- Aero bar pad location (if appropriate)
- Aero bar extension length (if appropriate)
If your new fit position necessitates any equipment changes, we offer a range of components including handlebars, stems, saddles and pedals to meet your requirement.
After any modifications made, we’ll capture the data again and continue to modify until we achieve the optimal position. We conduct our fittings in a professional and comfortable setting, with the process taking approximately two hours.
Education & Experience
Elbows Akimbo owner Anthony Mezzini, a Level 3 Certified Bike Fitter (IBFI), Level 1 Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCA) and Exercise & Sports Science (UNISA) student, conducts all bike fitting services. Anthony is an active participant in the international bike fitting and scientific community, frequently attending conferences, symposiums and other educational programs.
In addition he has many years of experience fitting riders of all levels – juniors through to pro level athletes and everyone in between – as well as fitting for road, triathlon and UCI legal time trial. As a result, you can be certain that our bike fitting processes, protocols and eventual outcomes are guided by and, reliant on, the latest peer review research, education and experience.
Bike Fit Data
At the end of the fitting we provide you with your new bike set-up measurements, and depending on the level of service chosen, a kinematic analysis report.
For more information please contact us on 0427 820 256 or email@example.com.