Have You Ever Had a Bike Fitting?

My orthopedic doctor asked if I had. She's thinking an ill-fitting trike could be the source of my back pain. I have absolutely no pain while riding. In fact, my back feels better the more I ride. I told her there were no trike dealers within 200 miles and I'm not certain that a bicycle dealer would know how to fit someone on a trike.

Also, I have the issue with my custom handlebars. Most dealers would tell me they are dangerous but I love them and am so glad my hands are away from the wheels.

Have you ever had this done?

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  • http://www.ridescience.com/about.html

    Although he does not work with trikes this is where my wife went with her Trek. The reason I posted this is there are all sorts of measurements and data points that can be collected and used to fit a rider. Our bodies are not symmetrical left to right, up, down spines out of wack, body size and weight etc.
    So having someone fit you to a trike without a way to correctly measure you inputs is trial and error. Adjust and readjust. Setting the seat and boom and grips are way more complicated when the rider had some issues. Once those two are set then you have pedals, crank arms, types of footwear and clips and everything varies side to side.

    In my wife's case her fitting took three two hour sessions and around $525 total cost in parts and Mark's work in setting her up. Even little things like a small shim under on clip on one shoe makes a difference ! For her all that work and money made a difference, she is a distance rider doing hundreds of miles weekly in hilly terrain and her riding style was improved and she feels better afterwards.

    Also besides the hardware and your health your riding style may be a contributor. Are you mashing at a low cadence or getting the cadence up into the 60-90 rpm range ?
    How long and how frequent do you ride ?
    etc, etc.

    I'd suggest you loading the trike and taking a road trip regardless how far to a reputable trike shop and having them do the basic adjustments with you and you trying it out and readjust, it may be the difference between riding or not.

    And last, swapping crank arms is not the simple answer.

    ed
  • I had a bike fitting years ago, and after riding a Trike, I realize I had wasted a great deal of time and money.
  • edited August 2017
    Captainbob wrote: »
    I had a bike fitting years ago, and after riding a Trike, I realize I had wasted a great deal of time and money.

    She has back pain which may be caused by her trike or riding style and fitting the trike to her situation could be helpful. I used a bike fitting example only to show the CURRENT technology available and components and riding styles that can be corrected via a fitting and/or trial and error.
  • Since I'm now in an area with many small hills, I am shifting frequently. I try to keep the cadence up by downshifting more often. But, I don't have a tool to measure my cadence.

    You guys have to remember that I'm only riding a few days a week and no more than 8 miles per ride. There's no extreme repetition that would cause injuries. Furthermore, 25 years of softball, 52 years of bowling, and countless other sports have done damage to my body. I really think the back pain is arthritis and I'm hearing bad things about back surgery. I may just have to learn how to live with it.
  • Since I'm now in an area with many small hills, I am shifting frequently. I try to keep the cadence up by downshifting more often. But, I don't have a tool to measure my cadence.

    You guys have to remember that I'm only riding a few days a week and no more than 8 miles per ride. There's no extreme repetition that would cause injuries. Furthermore, 25 years of softball, 52 years of bowling, and countless other sports have done damage to my body. I really think the back pain is arthritis and I'm hearing bad things about back surgery. I may just have to learn how to live with it.

    Heaving those 16lb bowling balls did it :)
  • @Florida_bound - sounds like your doc has never been on a recumbent but do consider the angle of your trike seat.

    the jouta delta has one of these angled laid-back chiropractor-inspired seats, about 45 degrees max upright. maybe too exuberant doing the pedals but got back from a ride on it and developed an understanding of sciatica. talk about a pain in the butt!

    never had that type pain before. maybe not again - mounted a proper upright rover seat on it, far more pleasant at the end of a ride. too, long ago had back problems with the tilted seat backs of cars - switching to upright seating in a pickup solved that problem.
  • I just moved my seat one more slot to vertical. I found I was slipping out of it so I moved it forward also. Now it feels very comfortable and nothing jabbing in the cheeks.
  • Since I'm now in an area with many small hills, I am shifting frequently. I try to keep the cadence up by downshifting more often. But, I don't have a tool to measure my cadence.

    You guys have to remember that I'm only riding a few days a week and no more than 8 miles per ride. There's no extreme repetition that would cause injuries. Furthermore, 25 years of softball, 52 years of bowling, and countless other sports have done damage to my body. I really think the back pain is arthritis and I'm hearing bad things about back surgery. I may just have to learn how to live with it.

    Heh, Florida Bound,
    Although I do not know the specifics of your back pain, or what is causing it....I will tell you, if you find a good pain specialist, it'll do wonders and may find exactly what is wrong. I fought the pain, got to where I could not stand, sit, or walk for but a few minutes at a time. Pain specialist isolated the cause, Ortho surgeon did the rest. No issues with back anymore, other than the tiredness we all feel after a good workout whether that be yardwork, construction, etc. After all that, I hopped on my road bike and pains I never felt before set in. I knew I would probably end up on a recumbent. Went and test rode them, and was hooked. I hope you find a solution that works well for you.
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