3 Fitting formulas

Three different formulas are offered to you to adapt your session to your needs

Ortho

You are looking for comfort. The pressure measurements on the saddle can locate excessive pressure zones, help to identify their potential causes and, during the session, define the most comfortable position possible. In most cases, adjustments to your bike’s setup will reduce harmful pressure in the subpubic area, where nerves and blood vessels are located, and move the support to the area where it is less harmful: the bone structures.

Are you targeting better performance? The procedure is the same. A lack of comfort will be the cause of premature fatigue, at the same time as your performance will fall. Regardless of your practice, your morphology, your ambitions, … we will try to find the best mix of performance and comfort.

Prevention is for you a priority. You want to avoid that your position on the bike is the cause of overload issues. The combination of video analysis and pressure measurement on the saddle are valuable aids.

If the reason why you decide on a postural optimization is orthopedic or neurological, that’s the formula I recommend.

The content of the Ortho formula:

  • Interview, review of your ambitions, your practice, your expectations, your complaints, … these elements will be drivers of your session.
  • Assessment of your muscular and articular flexibility, possible asymmetries or specific muscular insufficiencies
  • Observation of your dynamic characteristics as you pedal on the trainer.
  • Adjustment of the cleats.
  • Measurement of important angles and visualization of your posture via video analysis
  • Analysis of the axes of your lower limbs.
  • Optimal adjustment of saddle height and tilt, saddle setback, handlebar reach and drop, handlebar rotation and position of shift/brake levers.
  • Visualization of the pressure measurements on the saddle
  • Optimization of the saddle position.
  • Comparison of pressures and videos before/after optimization
  • The possibility of ordering a custom saddle
  • Tipps (Stretching, technique, stability, …)

Basic

The Basic formula is identical to the Ortho formula but without saddle pressure measurement.

This formula is meant for cyclists who have no orthopedic problems and no discomfort or pain that could come from the saddle. It is also meant for cyclists who are less demanding in terms of positioning accuracy but still want to be sure that they will not harm their health due to a poor fit. In this case, however, cyclists must be aware that any pathology in the urinary or genital system caused or supported by saddle pressure can be treated with less efficiency.

If your decision for a fit does not have orthopedic or neurological reasons, and if you are ok with your saddle, then this is the formula I suggest.

The content of the Ortho formula:

  • Interview, review of your ambitions, your practice, your expectations, your complaints, … these elements will be drivers of your session.
  • Assessment of your muscular and articular flexibility, possible asymmetries or specific muscular insufficiencies
  • Observation of your dynamic characteristics as you pedal on the trainer.
  • Adjustment of the cleats.
  • Measurement of important angles and visualization of your posture via video analysis
  • Analysis of the axes of your lower limbs.
  • Optimal adjustment of saddle height and tilt, saddle setback, handlebar reach and drop, handlebar rotation and position of shift/brake levers.
  • Comparison of the videos before/after optimization
  • Tipps (Stretching, technique, stability, …)

Express

As the name suggests, the Express formula for cyclists who have little time. The tariff is therefore kept as low as possible, but without the individuality being neglected. The session should not take more than two hours for a mountain bike or a road bike without aerobars.

The concept is similar as for the Basic formula,  with some differences:

  • The functional tests are less detailed.
  • I will send you your report without the video files. In any case, I keep your datas.
  • An Outdoor test after the adjustments is only possible if the promised maximum duration can be respected.
  • In order to be able to suggest a low price, cash payment is required to avoid Six fees.

If you decide to do a postural optimization for orthopedic or neurological reasons, the Express formula may not be right for you. In this case, I recommend the Ortho formula.

The content of the Express formula:

  • Interview, review of your ambitions, your practice, your expectations, your complaints, … these elements will be drivers of your session.
  • Observation your dynamic parameters as you pedal on the trainer.
  • Adjustment of the cleats.
  • Measurement of important angles and visualization of your posture via video analysis.
  • Analysis of the axes of your lower limbs.
  • Optimal adjustment of saddle height and tilt, saddle setback, handlebar reach and drop, handlebar rotation and position of shift/brake levers.
  • Comparison of video recordings before/after optimization.
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Custom footbed

A good insole contributes significantly to comfort if it provides sufficient support to the arch. Especially, if the rides last many hours. If this support is absent, the foot support musculature fatigues quickly, which often results in burning feet. In addition, if the plantar arch collapses, the knee will follow and the additional work of stabilization of the knee, more in that of the foot, will affect the performance and the strain on the knee will increase with muscle fatigue.

Generally, even the most expensive bike shoes are sold with flat insoles that offer at most a support of the arch. These insoles are usually to replace quickly. Why? Everyone is different and nobody is symmetrical. All cyclists have different feet and most people have a different foot from the other. Each cyclist, therefore, needs insoles adapted to his feet. If you count the number of pedal strokes per minute, with the foot always in the same place on the pedal and with a relatively small contact area, you need to understand how important it is to provide your feet with good stability and a better distribution of the foot bearing surface.

That’s what custom insoles bring you. After an examination of your feet, you place them on cushions to reproduce a 3D mold of your feet. In this mold are then placed previously heated flat insoles that will fit the shape of the mold, so of your feet. During the cooling phase of the soles, you are standing in the mold and on your future footbed. Once cooled they are adjusted to your shoes. They are in principle ready to use, but I prefer to check the position of your cleats before you get on your bike, which is already on the trainer.

That’s why I’m asking you to come with your bike; I want you to feel, pedaling, if the footbed soles require any adjustment. It is only when I see you pedaling that I can evaluate the need to make any additional adaptations.

These insoles have only one big drawback: if you have any, you will not be able to do without 😉

The custom footbed cost you 139 € if they are made in an isolated session, and 89 € if they are made at the same time as your fitting.