Why cycle analysis?
With a rapid increase in the popularity of cycling the number of cycling-related injuries has also risen, with the majority caused by overuse. Cycling is extremely repetitive with cyclists averaging 10,000 pedal revolutions in a 2 hour ride. Thus small amounts of lower limb malalignment can lead to impaired performance, and pain.
At Sportsmed we use sophisticated measuring equipment to accurately measure your cycle setup and analyse discrete foot and lower limb movement. This evaluation of your cycling position may reveal the cause of pain or injury.
There is no standardised cycle setup position with each rider having different criteria that need to be fine tuned for optimal performance. There are however basic biomechanical principles that relate to cycling and these should be applied to bike setup. We focus on a clinical approach in relating your injury or pain to cycle position. Thus we can often remedy a condition by making simple adjustments or recommendations to your setup. We work closely with many top cycle stores to ensure that you are at your most cycling efficient, and also at the lowest risk of injury.
What do we look for in your cycling?
We provide a detailed report that includes video stills and video of your position.
There are several key biomechanical areas that we look at in your cycle evaluation.
We use high speed cameras to video your lower limb movements. These can record at up to 600 frames per second. This makes it easy to review rapid cyclic movement especially when your cadence is around 80-120 rpm.
This video is run through Silicon Coach software so that lower limb angles can be measured and recorded.
As a New Zealand first - foot pressures including left to right leg loading can be accurately recorded to see if there is asymmetry in your setup. This amazing system can also output a tracer of subtle foot motion that could only previously be guessed. No other facility in NZ offers this complete cycle analysis.
Choose from one of our two different analysis options to suit.