Bike fitting may be an unfamiliar concept in Singapore but as Loue Bicycles owner and director Timothy Lim explains, it is a simple practice that anyone can adopt easily.
The former national cyclist said: “Bike fitting is mainly adjusting a bicycle to fit the rider, based on his needs and goals. The bicycle can be adjusted in many ways – the saddle height, the handlebar height, choice of saddle or handlebar, the bike size.
The second step is for the bike fitter to interview the cyclist and discuss what issues the latter has been facing, such as the cyclist’s injury history and cycling style, and how they can be rectified.
Finally, the cyclist lies flat for a physical assessment for any joint issues or muscle injuries. The cyclist will also be asked to perform a single-leg squat on each leg for a balance and stability test.
A bike fit can cost between $170 to $500 depending on the tests done. However, for those who are not able to afford the time or money to get a professional fit, Lim has some tips to help riders perform adjustment to improve their cycling.
The 29-year-old said: “According to your needs, you can adjust your saddle height and how high your handlebars should be. A general rule is when you’re seated and your feet are hanging, the tips of your toes should just touch the ground.
“A few simple things like wearing the correct bib shorts to ensure proper contact between the pelvis and saddle is important. Wearing the right shoe size is also key.”