With the world turning more and more to smart trainers and, more specifically, smart bikes, it’s no surprise that bike fitters around the world have had to respond quickly in order to make our knowledge and expertise available as a service to those who have invested a lot of money in an otherwise “training tool”.
Bike fitting is an art, in that we mainly use the same equipment that anyone can get hold of and the changes are usually basic mechanical changes. But knowing why you are adjusting this or measuring that is the part where nearly everyone who follows a bike fitting video on YouTube becomes unstuck and in most cases worse off. I’ve had many people come for a fit with me, saying that they’ve tried to adjust their bike but ended up making things more uncomfortable. Even after explaining why I’m changing something during their fit, it isn’t something that stays in everyone’s mind, even though at the time it feels like a lightbulb moment for them. I’ve followed Vlogs and YouTube videos myself when getting into Bike Fitting, but it was all just information that my head couldn’t understand until I got professionally trained. A little knowledge can be dangerous because adjusting something without knowing why or what ramifications it can have is not something I recommend doing. Instead, speak to a properly trained bike fitter who has been trained in an art form aimed at helping you ride more efficiently and in more comfort.
When it comes to smart bikes, or for the focus of this blog, the Peloton indoor bike, then bike fitting can be a valuable service to get the most out of your new toy and subsequently yourself.
If you’ve always ridden a bike of any description a certain way, chances are you’ll try and mimic that riding position on your Peloton bike. And that’s where it can become tricky and potentially painful.
The Peloton is of a certain shape and geometry with a lot of adjustabilities, in some areas more than the WattBike Atom, which I personally use. However, there are still the same principles and basics to follow when positioning yourself on the Peloton.
Like a standard road bike, everyone who rides will need to be positioned specifically to their needs. This isn’t a baseball cap in that one size fits all, because although technically you can jump on any bike and ride it, there’s a right way and a more efficient and comfortable way for everyone to ride it.
After completing a couple of Peloton bike fits, I’ve found that there is a generalised way to set it up out of the box. This is where it can be a problem, as everyone is setting up their Peloton with the same method to achieve the same outcome. Whereas being a bike fitter, I will look at you as an individual and get you set up as comfortably as possible based on you and your physiology.
The Peloton TV advert isn’t something I enjoy watching for the simple reason that all of the actors are in terrible positions! It’s frustrating and funny at the same time because, as a bike fitter, one of the first things I’ve been trained and taught to look for is how comfortable do they look and how efficient do they sound on a bike? Sometimes it can take a little bit of time to see what’s causing a customers’ erroneous position, other times (like some Peloton advertising stills) it’s blatantly obvious! This is frustrating because while I’m a huge fan of the Peloton and other indoor smart trainers, seeing a product being sold to the mass market which is designed to allow everyone to exercise in the comfort of their own home but not addressing how to maximise the exercise and training effect seems like a bit of an oversight and one that can have a huge negative impact on a customer who has waited months for their Peloton to be delivered.
Therefore I’ve decided to offer a Peloton/Smart trainer Bike Fitting service. I aim to do this remotely via Google Meet to anyone around the globe (language depending). Those who live within a short distance of where I live in Liverpool can arrange to come out to where you live and get you set up correctly. If you want the remote version, you will need to have some sort of webcam set up pointing at your Peloton and ideally be able to move the camera to see you from a few different angles. It isn’t going to be perfect, and it will take up to 90 minutes of adjusting and tweaking, but with the real-time feedback from you during the fit, I’ll get you in a better position than what you see on the TV or photos!
Having seen what the Peloton offers in terms of classes and various training programs, I understand there are many varied approaches, including a lot of standing up on the pedals and incorporating upper body exercises adding to the whole experience. Therefore the Peloton Bike Fit I’m offering will try to tailor for your specific needs as best as possible because cleat position is critical depending on what exercise bias you will be doing. Furthermore, the cleat position is also very important because the Peloton is a spin bike ultimately, which means the flywheel is fixed and to slow down or stop, you need to apply resistance to the pedals in the opposite direction to the current motion, which having your cleats correctly setup will help achieve more efficiently.
So if you’ve just bought a new training toy/tool, get the most out of it by booking in for a Remote or possibly physical Bike Fit with GV Pro Bike Fit and start training more efficiently and in more comfort, which makes it ultimately more enjoyable, which is half the battle!
Is a Peloton Bike Fit or Smart bike fit worth it?
- Absolutely! A bike fit in general should be the first thing you consider in order to maximise your comfort, efficiency, training and let’s not forget enjoyment. So why not maximise your performance from your new toy that you’ve waited months for!?
- Knowing you’re sitting comfortably on your Peloton or smart bike should give you that little bit extra motivation to get on and smash out a training session. If it’s too painful or uncomfortable before you’ve even turned the pedals then you’re not going to want to train in the first place.
- Reduces the risk of injury. I’ve seen it too many times where people are sitting on any bike in a poor position assuming it’s meant to be painful. It isn’t and you should only feel pain from a training effect where your muscles have been utilised to their max, not your knees being blown to bits from a pedalling imbalance.