What is a professional bike fit?
Maria and Trisha are both certified to perform bike fits from the Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE). With this certification, you can rest assured you will not only get your bike best fit to you for injury prevention and performance, but also take into account current injuries, aches, and pains that may occur from biking, and help teach you ways to treat these injuries by stretching, strengthening program, or other techniques. Unlike bike fittings performed at bike or gear shops, as a PT/OT team, we look at your cycling biomechanics to delve into risky positions of your low back, knees, wrists, neck, etc.
If you are a road biker and you get neck pain, there are many reasons this can occur, from an ill-fitting bike, inadequate training, or other causes. One thing to consider is your sunglasses and helmet. If your sunglasses have a thick rim you have to raise your head to better view the road, this could be one cause of neck pain! Try rimless sunglasses (or none initially). Also consider your head position due to a helmet visor. Every small change can have a huge effect on your biomechanics and thus lead to a more pain-free cycling experience!