- I have pain in my hands
- I have pain in my back
- I have pain in my neck
- I get saddle sore
- I have pain in my knees
- I go numb
- I get dropped on hills
- I get dropped in corners
- I get dropped on descents
- I get nervous in a bunch
- I get nervous on descents
- I get nervous in traffic
- I’m not powerful enough
- I find it difficult to pedal fast
- I find it difficult to hold an aerodynamic position
- I can’t reach the brakes
- I can’t eat and drink on the move
- I can’t ride no-hands
- I can’t look behind
Poor bike fit can lead directly to any or all of these problems, and more.
Of course some of the problems in the list above can also be caused by other things and fixing your bike setup alone might not solve them.
But a poor setup might be preventing you from finding a solution.
Bike fitting isn’t just for serious cyclists and professionals. In fact, serious cyclists and professionals often get away with ‘poor’ set ups because their motivation and physiology enable them to tolerate discomfort and fear in a way that most people simply can’t. It doesn’t mean that they get away scot free: Geraint Thomas, for example, rode rode the entire 2013 Tour de France with a broken pelvis, and won the 2018 Dauphiné despite falling off in the prologue while he was trying to ride around a corner.
He’s evidently not worried if his bike is a little uncomfortable or twitchy on the corners. Maybe if he were (a bit more worried) he might have had fewer crashes, sustained fewer injuries, finished more races and won more often.
Read some of my other blogs to learn how the setup of your bike affects confidence, comfort, handling, braking, pedalling technique, descending, group riding…