For many cyclists in pain or who feel that something is off, stopping at their local bike shop for a bike fit is often the first line of defense. But what’s going on if you’re still in pain following the fit or even after several fits?
I see this more often than not with clients and I think it’s important to explore a few considerations that a traditional bike fit doesn’t address that can contribute to pain or decreased performance.
Clients often share that they started cycling because they either got injured running or their doctor suggested a lower impact sport to relieve foot or knee pain. Unfortunately, these problems don’t just go away once you’re clipped into a bike pedal. If you’re experiencing pain on the bike, especially knee, calf, hip or hamstring pain, there’s a good chance your foot is involved.
As cyclists, we wear our suffering as a badge of honor. In bad weather, we retreat to our basements, aka “pain caves” for weekly winter sufferfests and emerge in the spring ready to dig even deeper.
In a sport where we’re encouraged to leave it all on the road, how do we know where to draw the line between training for mental and physical strength and setting ourselves up for injury?