Bike Fitting Blog

HOW TO DETERMINE THE OPTIMAL SADDLE SETBACK IN ROAD CYCLING: A DISCUSSION AND EVALUATION OF THE CURRENT METHODOLOGIES – PART 1

Saddle setback in cycling refers to the horizontal distance between the centre of the bottom bracket and the front tip of the saddle. Over the past few decades two principle methodologies for determining optimal saddle setback have emerged in the bike fitting community. The more traditional method, know as ‘Knee Over Pedal Spindle’ (KOPS), proposes… Read more »

PEDALING TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE – MYTH OR REAL

It has been suggested that improving pedaling technique is one way of improving efficiency and performance in endurance cycling (LaFortune & Cavanagh 1983). Over the past few decades, pedal force effectiveness (PFE) has become one of the most used measures in the scientific and cycling communities to measure the quality of pedaling technique. PFE measures… Read more »

DIFFERENCES IN THE SADDLE PRESSURE MAPPING PROFILE OF DIFFERENT SADDLES – A CASE STUDY DISCUSSION

Introduction The purpose of this discussion is to show how saddles with different design characteristics produce different pressure profiles across the seated area. Background From an ergonomic perspective most ‘traditional’ or ‘v-shaped’ saddles can be categorised simply into three primary groups based on the lateral profile: flat, semi-round and round. Within these groups there are… Read more »

CASE STUDY – LEG ALIGNMENT IN CYCLIST WITH HIP REPLACEMENT

Introduction The case study described below provides an example of a situation where a significant change to the lateral position of the pedal can be an appropriate and effective option in achieving leg alignment and improved rider comfort. Background The case study concerns an experienced male cyclist, Mr. Peake, who was training between 12 and… Read more »