ATC: Fitting 101
Through his years as a bike fit professional and a product tester, Rick Shultz has seen a lot of bad bike fits disguised as “professional”. In beginning to understand how important the cyclist’s synchronization with the bicycle is, we asked Rick about some of the basics regarding bike fits.
ATC: Bike Sizing vs. Bike Fitting
Bike sizing generally refers to the size of the frame and is done first and happens before you purchase your bicycle. While getting fitted the bike shop will take 2 measurements, which are then converted into a range of sizes based on current industry accepted formulas.
ATC: How To Train For A Gran Fondo In A Time Crunch
Coach Rick Schultz get asked quite often, “what should I do to train for an upcoming XYZ event?” In this article, he discusses preparing for a Gran Fondo type event (GF) in under three weeks.
ATC: Why Did I Get Lower Back Pain After a Bike Fit?
Your body was used to being in a position in which you sacrificed power, safety and had a higher risk for injury. Since it takes a little time for your body to get used to a new position, give it several weeks of easy cycling after a fit.
ATC: How Can I Get Up Hills Faster?
In order to move upward faster and more efficiently, you will need to build up your spinning to a higher cadence than the average cyclist, which is around 85rpm, the most efficient being 105rpm. It will take about 6 months to be able to pedal at that rate if you’re doing regular training drills.
ATC: The Numbers Behind Upgrading With Ceramic Bearings
The bike coach identifies the benefits of switching to ceramic bearings, and how you can upgrade with weight loss and serious coaching/training. The more of these that you do, the more fit and faster you will be.
ATC: My lower back is sore during or after a ride. What can I do?
To answer the common question as to why a cyclist may be suffering from lower back pain, I identify four possible common culprits that come to mind, along with a couple of stretching exercises to help with pain and tightness.
ATC: What do the terms BDC and TDC mean in relation to cycling?
Bike Coach Rick Schultz answers one reader question about what the terms BDC, or bottom dead center, and TDC, or top dead center, mean with regards to cycling and pedal stroke. A short answer to that question you never asked, but always wanted to know.
How Can Cyclists Protect Themselves Against Harmful UV Rays?
It seems that cycling apparel in the past few years is increasingly featuring sun protection as a standard feature, especially in “warm weather” gear. Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, indicates what percentage or fraction of UV rays can penetrate the fabric.
ATC: How Do I Train For a European Cycling Vacation?
Before you travel, you want to increase your cardio as well as condition your legs. Since most climbs in the France cycling package are 1-3 hours, you want to over train time so that you can easily last the climbing without cramping.
Ask the Coach: 3 Short Answers to Your Burning Bike Questions
Sometimes the short answer, is the best answer. The bike coach Rick Schultz answers three common questions, including how to look over your shoulder without varying the line.
ATC: Hand Numbness While Riding ? You Aren’t Alone
If you suffer from hand numbness while cycling, worry not, you are not alone. During the past 4 years of bike fitting, 75% of my clients have expressed that hand numbness is major issue they deal with while riding.
ATC: What are the most common problems you see when performing a bike fit?
There are several common problems I see when performing a bike fit, some of the most common include; incorrect cleat alignment, saddle positioning, and handlebar height. This article covers these common mistakes and how they are corrected.
Knee Pain May be Eliminated By Replacing Crankarms
The Bike Coach Rick Schultz has collected crankarm length data from his years of bike fit clients. During the bike fit interview process, most of his clients volunteer that although they have had prior bike fits, and even been to a physical therapist or chiropractor, they are still in pain. Coach Schultz found a viable solution for knee pain, which includes adding shorter crankarms.
The Essentials to Handle Flats, Sticky Situations, and Rough Roads
The basic carry for any adventure by bicycle should include a phone, your house keys, a drivers license or state issued ID, and optionally a cash or credit card) depending on the destination and distance). Now consider when out on the road, or on your MTB, the number one problem cyclists encounter is a flat tire.
Tools and Techniques for Addressing Foot Pain or Discomfort While Cycling
If your feet are either valgus or varus, they do not sit flush to your shoes, which can induce muscle fatigue. This can lead to foot pain in the metatarsals, or sesamoids, the delicate tendons that make up the ball and inner area of the foot.