We’ve reached that time of year when the days are short and the cold, rainy weather frequent. The time of wrapping up warm and getting in the base miles, dreaming of the sun coming back next year. But are you getting the most from these bleak rides, or could you somehow be getting more gains prior to next season?
It is not unusual for people’s winter bikes to be incorrectly set up relative to their summer bikes, so the miles being ridden through the winter are not recruiting the muscles in the same way as will be done once they get back onto the summer bike. Even those with good intentions will often have made tweaks throughout the season for one reason or another that have not been transposed onto the winter bike retrospectively. This results in riding all of the winter base miles in the wrong position and as such they are not as efficient as they should be.
However, before just transferring the exact position straight over, it’s worth considering whether the position on the summer bike is actually right for you? Now is the time of year to make changes to both bikes allowing you to get used to any changes in the position prior to getting on the summer bike next year when the better weather returns. Helping you to feel natural and comfortable in this position, with no adjustment period.
This is where we come in, with a bike fit we can help to determine where your ideal riding position currently is and get the bikes set up to match this position. Further to this with the assessments we perform with you prior to the fit we can determine if there is anything currently prohibiting us attaining a more efficient riding position and help you improve on this over the winter. This then allows us to tweak the position as your limiting factors are reduced and give us a more performance oriented position without losing any of the comfort. Work off the bike can be just as important as the riding done on the bike in helping to improve performance, and with appropriate stretching and exercise we often see a marked improvement in riding. This can be a process that takes place over a period of months and even years so is best to start in the winter when you have plenty of time to adjust to any substantial changes that may be needed to the bikes.
Equally important is how you interact with your bikes. Using motion capture software, we will take recordings during fitting sessions so that not only will we adjust the bike to suit you, but also talk you through your riding technique and how you sit on the bike. This is often something that people have never seen before and can make big improvements through postural changes to both comfort and performance. Again winter is a great time of year for trying to make any changes to posture as more time is often spent indoors on static trainers which is an ideal place to work on this without the distractions of junctions, cars and potholes to take your mind off how you are sitting.
These things together give you some challenges to work on through the winter with both on the bike and off the bike work to do and can be really useful for motivation, knowing that what you are doing is really making a difference to next season, rather than just slogging away in the rain wondering if it’s all worth it. Why not give us a call today and see if you could benefit from our services to help give you a more productive winter.