I had my first bike fit of the year, today, at Speed Theory in Kits. This will be part one, as it was recommended to get another one in April which will take my road bike to more of a Triathlon position with Aero Bars…
I have had a few bike fits over the years; adjusting the seat, stem, and handle bars and such. But I have never had such thorough fit before!
My main complaints were:
- Numbing in my toes after about an hour of riding
- Lack of power when I stand and pedal
- Occasional right knee pain
- Hot spots when riding long distances
After the bike fit I searched Google for “foot-tilt” and found this:
Research conducted on cyclist’s feet showed that 96% of us have forefeet that are canted or tilted up to the inside inward (“varus“) or outward toward the outside (“valgus“). The vast majority (87%) of cyclist’s feet tilt up to the inside. Unfortunately, almost all cycling shoes, cleats and pedals take this natural tilt and force it flat. This can generate knee pain, create a foot “hotspot” (where the inner or outer side of the foot feels hot) and diminish your ability to generate power’.
My left foot is 3% my right foot is 12%. The bike fitter, Tom, said that such a tilt would explain my knee pain, toe numbness and possibly other weakness. After many bike fits over the years I am amazed this is the first time I have heard of it.
Tom also tweaked many other positions on the bike, dropped the seat post, push back the saddle, adjusted the hoods, cleats, and the left peddle. I look forward to out door riding so I can really test this out!
Thanks Speed Theory and Tom for the informative and amazing service! 🙂