I’m Callum Hughes a bike fitter and bicycle enthusiast. Introducing myself on Facebook live the other week was fun, but it’s hard to squeeze as large a topic as cycling into ten minutes. A lot is always left unsaid when a topic is so vast, and believe me, I could talk about bikes all day! But I hope it was a helpful intro into what I’m about, and we are planning a few more videos and blogs on specific topics in the coming weeks and months.
So here’s a run down of who I am, and what I do.
I am a bike fitter which if you don’t know means I work with you to adjust your bike to make it perfect for what you need it for. Be that comfort, injury prevention, or speed!
With the bike fitting system, Retül, we analyse your mobility prior to seeing you cycle on your bike. This way we can understand how your body moves without the bicycle, understanding any compromises or compensations is key to accommodating them on the bike. You’d be surprised how many times people tell me they have no injuries, then when we start to test mobility say, “oh yes this knee hurts whenever I do this,” or, “oh yeah, I do always get back pain when I do that”. (Industry secret: you don’t have to just put up with pain).
Below is an illustration of which muscles you use from the waist down when cycling in the correct biomechanical position:
Our focus is always on accommodating for the current range of movement of your injury/restriction, as the more comfortable you are on your bike the harder you can push and the faster you will go. We can work on increasing your range of movement over a period as well as increasing your strength within that range.
Then we assess how you are cycling on your bike; our system shows you what your current position is in relation to our injury prevention zones. We work through our protocol to ensure you are cycling within your current range and in our injury prevention zones as much as possible. All adjustments are made to the bike during the appointment. We always advise that the adaptation process will be around 4-6 rides. This is to help your central nervous system become efficient in the new position.
Injuries often happen during impact sports. If you are using a bike to help return to fitness, make sure it isn’t causing an issue elsewhere.
If you think we could help you or if you have any questions, then please get in touch.
West Berkshire Injury Clinic can be reached at:
Telephone: 01635 904542