BIKE FITTING

THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE BELIEVE A BIKE FIT IS JUST FOR THE COMPETITIVE CYCLIST OR ARE SIMPLY UNAWARE THAT THERE IS A BETTER, MORE COMFORTABLE AND SAFER WAY TO RIDE THEIR BIKES.

Anyone from the beginner/occasional bike rider through to the very experienced, high mileage cyclists and even bike racers are often seen squirming around on their saddles and putting themselves at risk of over-use injuries. To top it off they are also going slower and working harder than they need too!.

BODY POSITION

WHAT YOU GET


Cleat Fore/Aft
Cleat Medial/Lateral – Knee over Foot Tracking
Cleat Rotation
Foot Canter/Tilt Analysis & Correction
Arch Modification
Shoe Sizing Modification
Pelvic Analysis/Leg length Discrepancies
Saddle Tilt
Saddle Fore/Aft
Saddle Height
Handlebar Stem Length Analysis
Handlebar Rotation
Brake Lever Height Adjustment
Brake Lever Rotation and Reach Adjustment

THE SHEDFIT

WHAT YOU GET


Cleat Fore/Aft
Cleat Medial/Lateral – Knee over Foot Tracking
Cleat Rotation
Foot Canter/Tilt Analysis & Correction
Arch Modification
Shoe Sizing Modification
Pelvic Analysis/Leg length Discrepancies
Saddle Tilt
Saddle Fore/Aft
Saddle Height
Handlebar Stem Length Analysis
Handlebar Rotation
Brake Lever Height Adjustment
Brake Lever Rotation and Reach Adjustment

OTHER BIKE FIT OPTIONS

WE OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF FITTING OPTIONS

Alongside our two main fitting options, we also offer other services from a simple cleat setup, upgrading your previous fit with our full foot/pedal interface setup through to annual fit assessments and pelvic tilt updates

FOOT/PEDAL INTERFACE

WHAT YOU GET


Advanced Cleat Fore/Aft Positioning
Cleat Medial/Lateral – Pelvic,Knee & Foot Tracking
Cleat Rotation
Foot Canter/Tilt Analysis & Correction
Arch Modification or Insole Fitting
Shoe Sizing Modification
Pelvic Analysis & Correction/On Bike Leg length Discrepancies

BASIC CLEAT SETUP

WHAT YOU GET


Fit new cleats to new or existing shoes
Cleat Fore/Aft Positioning
Cleat Rotation

ANNUAL UPDATE FIT

WHAT YOU GET


Cleat Assessment and Adjustment
Saddle Fore/Aft Assessment and Adjustment
Saddle Height Assessment and Adjustment
Bars, Stem and Lever Assessment and Adjustment
Pelvic Tilt/Leg Length Discrepancy Assessment and Adjustment

PELVIC TILT ALLIGNMENT

WHAT YOU GET


Pelvic Tilt Assessment
Steve Hogg Pelvic Tilt Alignment Procedure
Material Challenge Assessment

SHED FIT FAQ's

1WHAT IS A BIKE FIT?

In its simplest term it's the process of adjusting your bike to fit your body instead of your body having to adapt to the bike.

On all standard bikes, you have 5 main contact points between you and the bike – Hands, feet and bottom. In turn, we will look, analyse and adjust these contact points in order to create the most comfortable and efficient riding position.

2THE KEY TO GETTING A GOOD BIKE FIT

We regularly find that many riders are happy to spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds on their bikes and their cycling gear but neglect to invest in a proper bike fit. A bike that is fitted to your body and riding style can significantly improve your efficiency, speed, enjoyment and, most importantly, help you to avoid and eradicate aches, pains, injuries and niggles.

IN OUR OPINION, IT’S BETTER TO SPEND LESS ON YOUR KIT BUT MORE ON HAVING AN EVIDENCE-BASED BIKE FIT WITH A PROFESSIONAL BIKE FITTER BEFORE YOU START ANY SIGNIFICANT TRAINING OR EMBARK ON A LONG RIDE.

Everyone is different….some of us have longer legs and shorter bodies, some of us have high arches or flat arches, some of us ride with different pressure on certain parts of the saddle and the majority of us cannot retain a good functional range of movement when the saddle is adjusted to the so-called optimal height when achieving a knee bend of 33 degrees! Although computer-based bike fits have their merits (i.e. methods such as Retul, Wattbike, Apex etc), they don’t take into account each person’s individualities and goals.

3WHY CHOOSE A SHEDFIT?

As a certified BIKEFIT© bicycle fitter, we place a greater emphasis on the foot/pedal interface than we do saddle height!

By acknowledging the foot’s inherent angle, and through the use of the patented BIKEFIT© Cleat & Heal Wedges along with correct arch supporting, we are able to connect your cycling shoe with the pedal more naturally. This achieves a more efficient and fluid movement ­ whilst at the same time reducing the risk of injury.

Our Fit system is not a numbers based bike fit, we use a variety of techniques to best fit the bike to person and his/her individual functional range of movement instead adjusting the bike and forcing the rider into a predetermined best average position.

The SHEDfit will have you riding in more comfort, with more efficiency and increased Power!

4WHAT TO EXPECT

Pre-fit interview to outline any variables or physical issues causing problems while you ride.

Evaluation of your stability, form and function both on and off the bike. Application of unique assessment and cleat/seat/bar adjustment methods with an emphasis on cleat/shoe and saddle/bar optimisation.

5WHAT NOT TO EXPECT

Diagnosis of injuries or diseases.

Chiropractic-type adjustments.

Cleaning/tuning/repair services to bicycles in need of attention. (We are not responsible for questionable equipment that fails during a fitting session)

6WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING A FIT

New muscular recruitment patterns take time to settle in and feel solid. You are highly encouraged to come in with a 2-3 week window of easy riding after the fitting work to give your muscles and nervous system time to adapt to the changes. You will most likely experience one or more of the following:

New sensations through the whole body as your feet, pelvis, back and hands can wind up in much different positions than when you arrived.

Small ring efforts without hills at a heart rate of under 75% max for 2-3 weeks to give your body time to develop the new motor patterns required for the new position.

New balance sensations. (Adapting to these new balance sensations will require frequent riding without hard cornering, sprinting, long efforts and fast descents.)

Minor aches and pains caused by your body’s previous motor patterns attempting to function with the new position.

7WHAT WE EXPECT

Your trust that I know what I am doing and that I WILL make improvements to how you feel on the bike.

You will commit to this process with me.

You will contact me with any questions or concerns as soon as possible.

You will follow my instructions and you WILL NOT make any adjustments to your bike without first discussing it with me.

You will do your best to follow the off-the-bike recommendations that I give you.

8WHAT TO BRING

Basic Equipment: Bike(s), shoes, fresh cleats if available, any orthotic devices/insoles/foot beds you have, any cleat shims or wedges you currently use, cycling riding kit.

Accessories: Water bottle for hydration, snacks, Seat mast cutting guide or other tools/spacers/items specific to your bicycle.

9WHAT TO WEAR

Cycling kit, including jersey, bib, shorts, cycling socks.

DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

  • Toby Price

    Can’t recommend Dave’s bike fit enough. He not only does home visits but also does so with a smile. He clearly has ample experience of bike fitting and bike riding in general. It was great to have a good chat about road racing and hear some of his anecdotes too.

     

    The fit itself was interesting. Dave clearly explained every step of the fit and gleaned a lot of information about my riding position, problems, etc. beforehand and plenty of feedback during the fit to ensure the best possible outcome. Some of the adjustments (brake hoods, fore-aft position of saddle) he made were a surprise to me, although they have definitely enhanced my ride experience: pain on inside of knee gone, less pressure on arms, and more powerful pedal stroke are the key improvements.

     

    Again, if you want an effective bike fit from a friendly and efficient expert at a very competitive price, look no further than Dave.

    Toby Price
  • Adam Wood
    Having recently replaced my bike I decided in order to get the most performance benefit I could I should invest in a professional bike fit. I have always suffered from a leg imbalance and was aware that I tired far more quickly on my left side meaning my right doing a far greater amount of work which also meant my form got sloppy which lead to increased fatigue when it mattered. After a settling in period I noticed an immediate improvement in not only comfort on the bike but also a more effective and even pedal stroke. This has been backed up by my power curve comparing pre and post fit power bests whereby I have either set a new power PB or came close to equalling my previous all-time best all within the three weeks since I received my fit. PreFit Balance - L 45% / 56% R. PostFit Balance - L 47% / 53% R PreFit Torque Effectiveness - L 66% / 76% R. PostFit Torque Effectiveness - L 71% / 78% R PreFit Pedal Smoothness - L 18% / 24% R. PostFit Pedal Smoothness - L 21% / 25% R   As it is still very early since my fit I still think the adaptions are still taking place so I am sure even further improvements will be had over the next few months.
    Adam Wood
    Muckle CC
  • Alan Pijohn
    Excellent bike fit today, every setup clearly explained. I learnt a lot and bike feels great. Highly recommended!
    Alan Pijohn
  • Keith Fawcett

    Following surgery on my knee and still with a lot of issues including aching, stiffness and swelling on rides, as well as some lumber pain on longer rides and with trip to the Alps planned. A physio suggested getting my riding position on the bike checked. Having previously had my bike fitted to me when I bought it. I thought it was just me after years of playing rugby. 

    I was introduced to David via a friend and after discussing my issues and looking at my bike he suggested a few things. 

    I changed my pedals and cleats from spdsl's to speed play, shortened my stem from 100mm to 90mm. 

    I felt a difference immediately on some short rides. 

    David then came to mine and set my bike up on his rollers and re-set my saddle position then started on my foot position fitting some wedges to my cleats, he then filmed me cycling checking the alignment between my foot and my knee. I ended up with a 20mm spacer on each pedal.  

    A few weeks after I was cycling Alpe D'huez with no pain or other issue. 

    I can't speak highly enough of the service I got. I still message him now when unsure about things, and he is always there with helpful friendly advice. 

    The Guy is a wizard - my wife's not too happy though as now I'm now doing more miles 4000 since my op last February, and have just bought another bike which I have also got booked in for a bike fit.

    Keith Fawcett
    Blaydon Cycling Club
  • Seb Stocksbridge

    I visited Dave for a bike fit as a Christmas present from my girlfriend. I took both my road and TT bike and we spent some time going through my existing set up.

    We first looked at road bike position, with the main focus being upon foot and cleat position. The detail given to this area was superb and explained in a great way by Dave as to what he was doing and why. Using his Ipad to video and look at the foot/knee alignment was great visual feedback to allow me to see what was happening. The cleat position was adapted using wedges and moving the cleat further back under the strongest part of the foot to enable great power transfer and comfort.

    As well as foot/cleat position we tweaked saddle height and handle bar/hood angles to make it more comfortable for long rides and more ergonomic to my body position and set up.

    With the TT bike we looked at a number of adjustments such as saddle height and fore/aft position, bar length and pad position. We spent a while trying different set ups for a good aerodynamic but comfortable position to allow for a efficient power output.

    Throughout the whole experience Dave was superb explaining everything and being able to answer any questions I had. Having had the ShedFit my power output has increased and my feet and body feel more comfortable on the bike. I can definitely recommend Dave and his ShedFit and found the attention to detail and outcome on the foot/cleat fit exceptional.

    Seb Stocksbridge
    Blaydon Cycling Club
  • Claire Harrison

    Following an accident on my bike I have been struggling with imbalances in my position. Dave provided useful advice about the biomechanics of cycling as he studied my pedalling, knee alignment and foot position. The latter was corrected using foot wedges in order to achieve optimal foot to pedal contact. Dave uses video analysis to ensure that the wedges are enabling the knees to track correctly and so avoid injury. Very few people are biomechanically symmetrical and the use of the wedges meant that both feet were producing maximum power available.

    The service as a whole was relaxed, informative and very professional. The fact that Dave comes out to your home environment is an excellent service making it convenient for everyone. Dave also offers follow up checks in order to correct any initial problems that may arise from a new position.

    The end result has been a more comfortable ride and better performances. I have also learned a great deal about riding positions and possible changes to the set up of a bike and shoes that make body and foot position more appropriate to individual imbalances.

    Claire Harrison
    Derwentside Cycling Club
  • Lee Fothergill

    Big thanks to Dave for the bike fit you recently did.  I went for the full fit over the standard fit and although more expensive I would definitely recommend this I was so impressed with the cleat wedges, It just seems to put your feet and also knees in a natural position. I was well impressed! 

    Lee Fothergill
  • Charlie Loiz

    I highly recommend the Shed Fit. I put off getting a bike fit for a few years until I started getting some knee pain. Dave came to my house and was meticulous when fitting both of my bikes. I have since completed a few big rides and so far my knee pain has completely gone. Beyond this though, my bike feels very comfortable, something that I have noticed a lot towards the end of long rides.

    Charlie Loiz
    Muckle Cycling Club
  • Simon Toward
    I found  theSHED on the internet when I was searching for a professional fit. Dave's website was very clean and looked professional, it had all the information I needed and I didn't hesitate to get in touch. Dave was very quick to reply and I got booked in quick too, even on a Saturday which was great. Arriving at his house he made me feel welcome and we got straight on with the fit, the equipment he uses is great and with such things as peddle spacers and cleat wedges Dave found the perfect position on my bike for me. Since having my fit I have found power gains and more comfort on longer rides. When I change my equipment I will certainly be getting in touch with Dave again.
    Simon Toward
  • David Harrison

    After a bad bike accident i returned to cycling in June however, I was still in a lot of discomfort and my performance had dropped a lot. I spoke to Dave(Shed) about a bike fit and the wedges to improve both by comfort and performance. Dave spent a good 2 and a bit hours at my house doing the bike fit (over a hour just on my feet) no detail was over looked and I got a good work out too !!!

    I have found both the wedges and bike fit excellent, I have no discomfort at all on the bike and I have seen my performance improve.

    Dave is always on hand to offer help and advice, even many months after my bike fit.

    A great service- Thanks Dave for helping me return to cycling

    David Harrison
    Blaydon Cycling Club
  • Carrie Brookes

    I contacted Dave after getting back and knee pain along with numb hands whilst riding. He came to my house and spent a good few hours doing a really thorough bike fit with me, going beyond my expectations of what a fit might involve. He picked up a number of issues that needed rectifying such as significantly increasing my seat height, shortening my stem length and fitting my cleats with wedges to improve foot/pedal connection and my pedal stroke more efficient. After my first test run I noticed a significant difference in comfort and increase in my average speed. I tackled my first century ride a few weeks later and managed to do it in comfort. I've recommended Dave to many others since. To me a bike fit is worth every penny, which I'm sure I would have spent far more at the physios if I had left it much later.

    Carrie Brookes
    North Tyneside Riders
  • Andy Powell
    Had a BikeFit from Dave. Been out a couple of times since and no more neck ache or lower back ache. im also getting much better times on STRAVA!.
    Andy Powell
  • Nick Spencer
    ............I had no idea what a Shoe and Cleat Fit would involve. I’ve played around with cleat position. I’ve found shoes that seem to fit my feet okay. Sure, I’ve had numb toes, strain under the arch. No big deal. Just part of cycling. Right. I’ve never really given my feet much thought. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I should have given more thought to my feet. Maybe feet and the connection to the bike do matter.........   ............Am I faster? Am I more powerful? Am I more comfortable? Am I more efficient? Well am I? YES! Money well spent: simple.   read full review at: http://wp.me/p7mz4H-8r
    Nick Spencer
    Bluemilk Race Team