Fitness, technique and position on your bike are all factors that can increase or decrease your riding performance and your risk for a cycling injury. If you want to learn more about bike position and pedaling technique then just click here, Bike Position and Pedaling Technique.
Today’s blog will help answer why it is not your pedaling technique, and it is time to stop blaming your bike. Sorry. Time to look in the mirror and do a fitness mobility check. Maybe YOU are the problem?
Think about it. Is your body flexible enough to tolerate the high load movement of biking.
Our next bike pain blog we will answer, are you strong enough to perform and maintain the proper biking position.
Try these self tests…
Self Test your flexibility of your hamstrings. Hamstring Test
Self Test your flexibility of your hip flexors. Hip Flexor Test
Self Test your flexibility of your quads. Quad Test
Or maybe it is tight hips? Try this Patrick (figure 4) test. Simply lay on your back, cross your leg above your knee and let your leg relax down to the ground. Your lower leg should be almost parallel to the ground. Are you equal on both?
And finally try this final test. This self test will pick up on any restrictions occurring at your shoulders, back, hip, knees and ankles. Do you feel equal on both sides or is something painful or stuck?
Ok, so how did you do? Pass or fail? Imbalance?
If you did pass the above self tests and you are having pain, then maybe it is weakness. We will touch upon the strength issue on our next bike pain blog. If you feel it is not strength, then again, please review our bike pain blog about pedal technique and fit Bike Position and Pedaling Technique.
If you did not pass and you do not know what to do about your restrictions, then give us a call 802 861 6700. It may be an easy fix to get you riding your bike pain-free. Stop suffering and start enjoying your rides again. Pain is not normal. Let us help you solve your problem and fix it.
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