It’s time to reevaluate your riding position and bike fit!
Your Bike Fit is one of the most important aspects of your ride! A proper fit can make you faster, eliminate fatigue and enhance breathing and circulation.
Your bike fit is “dynamic” according to one of our industry's leading experts. I had the great pleasure to meet and hear Dr. Andy Pruitt, Ed.D., PAC founder of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and Dr. Roger Minkow, MD, product designer for Specialized Body Geometry. I was amazed how one centimeter change in stem height completely altered the forward flexion and reach of one rider! It was also very interesting to see how they measured saddle pressure and blood flow in order to design the most comfortable and ergonomic saddles now on the market.
As you age the body changes, and so does your bike fit. The spine may compress, or loose length. The flexibility in your ankles, knees and hips may change. The dynamic movement and strength of your joints are changing as well. This will all greatly impact your bike fit and comfort while riding.
Dr. Pruitt recommends a review of bike fit for most recreational riders once a year. I know for me, my head tube has gotten taller, and I have gone to narrower bar width. I am slowing riding into a more upright position as I age, and that’s ok, because I can still go 4 or 5 hours in the saddle feel good.
The same “dynamics” hold true for your Spinner® bike. If you haven’t evaluated your indoor set-up in a while, take a few minutes and experiment with your adjustments. Remember to really key in on the 25-35 degree bend at the knee while the pedals are at 6 o’clock, and have a friend check you’re forward and aft with a good plum line. Take note of any tension or soreness you may be feeling in the upper body. Is your handle bar height providing a comfortable position for your neck and shoulders?
This review time is also a great time to retest your resting heart rate and make any adjustments to your Energy Zone parameters using the Karvonen Formula. Remember as you become fit, your resting heart rate may go down! Or, if you have backed off the intensity over the last couple of years, your RHR may have gone up just due to the aging process.
I hope this information will add to the quality of your time in the saddle! See you soon!