Functional Bike Fitting
Timothy Gresh – Bike Fit Specialist
Proper bike fit is fundamental to becoming a stronger cyclist. A bike that fits properly not only increases a cyclist’s efficiency, it decreases risk of injury, improves riding comfort and improves balance.
Heavily influenced by Steve Hogg, a world renowned bike fitting specialist, Tim chooses a functional approach rather than a preset process that dominates the United States bike fitting industry. A functional approach focuses on the concept that no human is perfectly symmetrical in their movement. Likewise, no rider will function with perfect symmetry on a bicycle which is a symmetrical machine. Such imperfections in rider functional symmetry manifests themselves in a plethora of odd riding styles which are visually noticeable in many riders, such as knees tracking away from centerline of bike, rear end sitting off-center on seat, feet oscillating in every direction, among many other examples. These unusual patterns of movement are a result of the body adapting to performing a task it was never intended for: propelling a symmetrical bike.
Do these oddities pose a problem to the rider, and can they be fixed? The answer is far too complex for a yes or no answer. Therein lies the complexity of bike fitting as humans sit atop symmetrical machines.
“The only right solution is the one that works.” -Steve Hogg
There are many different solutions that may result in an ideal bike position. These solutions are as varied as the riders themselves. The right solution is the one that gives the individual a POSITIVE difference.
Tim aims to help cyclists find solutions to any problems or complaints they may have. The surprising thing many clients find out after a bike fit with Tim is that they actually did have problems but were either used to the resulting pain, or simply thought it came with the territory. Tim’s goal for each rider is for them to obtain functional symmetrical on the bike and realize a new level of comfort and performance. The results speak for themselves and examples can be found in testimonials of riders who fell in love with cycling all over again after their bike fit.