Many performance-oriented cyclists obsess over getting a lighter and more ‘aero’ design for enhanced performance when it comes to getting new bike. However, a common and yet often overlooked topic is getting a proper bike fit.

Some may feel getting a proper bike fit is not critical for the ‘weekend warriors’ who just cycle for exercise. However, if you are a serious enthusiast who puts in hundreds of kilometres of mileage every week, it would be wise to consider investing in a proper bike fit to achieve comfort and sustained performance to prevent any riding-induced injuries. For professional riders, a proper bike fit is essential considering the fact that many hours are spent on the saddle constantly pushing their physical limits. A bad bike fit might result in small biomechanical problems that could lead to bigger problems in the long run.

OCBC Singapore Pro Cycling Team rider, Low Ji Wen recently got a bike fit done by Timothy Lim, a bike fitter from FitSkuul, one of the latest bike fit consultant companies in the market and also an OCBC team rider himself.

The Retul Bike Fit: A 4-step process

The name Retul should ring a bell among seasoned road bike enthusiasts and racers. For the uninitiated, Retul is one of the leading bike fit companies in the world known for its unique 3D motion capture technology. The fitters at FitSkuul utilize the Retul 3D motion capture technology to capture a rider’s biomechanical data in real time while the cyclist is pedalling. Information is then used to adjust rider’s position for the most comfortable and efficient set-up to maximize performance.

The Retul 4-step process is followed through with Ji Wen:

Step 1: Rider Interview

Timothy (in the grey polo-tee) gathers information on Ji Wen’s riding history and experience
Step 2: Physical Assessment
Timothy then assessed the anatomical and physiological make-up of Ji Wen, checking his levels of flexibility and whether he has any prior biomechanical/muscular issues.
Step 3: Dynamic Fit
Ji Wen cycles on the Wilier Zero 7 bike which he will use for the 2013 racing season. The screen displays the movement of his knees and hips as he cycles in the bike. Data captured will be taken separately for both the left and right side pedalling dynamics of the rider via the 3D fit process. The system ability to capture such detailed information is what distinguishes the Retul fit system from conventional or 2D fit systems.
Step 4: Technique Analysis
At the end of the fitting process, Timothy runs through the data collected through the dynamic fit process with Ji Wen. These include knee tracking, pelvic stability and rider posture. From here, Ji Wen will then be able to understand, for example, if any adjustments are needed to be made to his riding techniques or posture.