Not only am I a runner, as many of you know. I am also a cyclist. I started riding my mountain bike seriously over 25 years ago! I would go with my friend, Rodney, and his two older brothers, Cliff and Alex. We would do one or two week trips to Banff, Jasper and Whistler back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
I started with mountain biking and then in the mid to late 1990’s I got into road cycling as well. I did some racing in the provincial series in Alberta. The NCCP Level 1 courses for mountain biking and road cycling were awesome and I got to volunteer with Tracy Shearer for a few years helping with the St. Albert Raiders Cycling Club as I worked my through physiotherapy school.
I really enjoy riding and know that a properly fitting bicycle can make all the difference. Many times in my career I would get clients to bring their bicycle into the clinic in which I was working at. I would set the bike up on a trainer and watch them ride. Do some measurements and make some changes, mostly millimeters. In addition, getting people aware of how they ride their bike, for example head bobbing, twisting torso…
Now, with New Leaf Physiotherapy, a mobile physiotherapy service, I bring my bike trainer to my client’s house, if they do not have one, to watch them ride. Does your physiotherapist do that?
This is a great link from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association about bicycle fitting and how physiotherapists can help.