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bike fitting at Giant Chelmsford

The importance of a bike fit

Cycling in pain or discomfort over time can lead to injury and potentially a long lay off from cycling. Perfecting your position will not only ensure that you are more comfortable enabling you to spend more time on your bike but you will become faster due to improving aerodynamics and power output.

Nick Lyon’s background 

Nick is an exceptionally passionate cyclist who started his cycling life at the age of 12 in 1979, with the Chelmer Cycling Club. He made rapid progress and within 2 years had smashed the club's schoolboy time trial records, one of which still stands today. He then went on to thrive at schoolboy circuit and track racing and attracted the attention of Anglia Sport Peugeot one of the country's best cycling teams and was offered a place on the squad.

Nick continued to improve into the junior ranks and achieved good results in national road races. Unfortunately within a few years a crash related injury ended his racing days.

Returning to cycling in his 30s. Within six months of hard training Nick had already experienced a number of aches and pains that had previously not troubled him. His frustration lead to a quest to find the perfect set up but it took hundreds of hours.

How Nick can help

It is with this wealth of experience that Nick can help you to perfect your position, whilst saving you immense time, trouble and expense. Nick has been providing a bike fitting service since 2013, runs an outdoor fitness business and has great experience with assessing flexibility, strength and symmetry. Whether you are a recreation/fitness rider, sportive rider, road racer, time trialist, triathlete or mountain biker Nick can help.

Biomechanical assessment

Nick will make a cycling specific, biomechanical assessment including foot structure and cycling shoe fit, overall symmetry, leg length discrepancy check, general standing posture, lower trapezius strength, core strength, sit bone width and lower back, gluteal and hamstring flexibility.  Existing injuries and/or any medical conditions will be discussed and taken into consideration. 

Video observation

During the bike fit you will be videoed cycling in order to view before and after footage and make comparisons. Nick can video you with his own device but recommends that he uses your device (smart phone, tablet or video recorder) so that you have immediate footage to take away. Observation will include leg extension, pedal stroke, Q-factor, knee and hip alignment, neck and shoulder tension, spine and arm extension in all potential hand grip positions and hand pressure. 

Bike adjustments and other recommendations

Adjustments will be made as necessary and will include cleat setting, saddle set up, handlebars, stem and brake/gear shifter positioning and possible component change recommendation to maximise comfort. Measurements can be taken if required to ensure your bike fit dimensions are transferable on to other bikes you may possess. Off the bike exercises and stretches may be prescribed to help strengthen and lengthen muscles and tendons to counteract and manage any weaknesses you may suffer from.

Complete after service

To ensure that your new bike position works for you and for feedback that Nick values immensely, you are welcome to contact him, free of charge, to discuss your progress as often as you wish. 

Making an appointment and price

Nick provides a mobile service either at your home or at the Giant Chelmsford shop. To make an appointment please contact him on 07976 674596 or nick.bikefit@btinternet.com. The bike fitting will take 1.5 - 2 hours and you will need your bike set up on a turbo trainer over level ground. If you do not possess one Nick will supply. The cost of the bike fit is £80.00 and Nick is able to make his charge particularly competitive due to not being burdened by the cost of premises.