The Key To Cycling Comfortably Through Proper Bike Setup
For a cyclist, getting comfortable in the saddle is a huge issue.
A lot of people can experience pain, or discomfort, numbness, or even erectile dysfunction so it’s a huge problem, and it’s real challenging bike fitting to get them the right saddle for the cyclist.
So one of the key aspects with the saddle is the actual tilt of the saddle. So if that’s nose up, that’s been caused to show extra pressure on the saddle area. So the key is to either get that level or slightly nose down.
The next aspect is the actual width of the saddle – this is important for both men and women as well. You want to get your sit bones on the widest part of that saddle. In many cases, people have too narrow of a saddle and those sit bones go off the sides, and that adds more pressure down the center.
And in some cases the saddle is too narrow, and this is an example of a narrower racing saddle. In that case, those sit bones can go off the sides and that adds more pressure down the center.
So when I look at the saddle, I want to make sure those sit bones are on that widest part. If they are too narrow you see those sit bones come off the side there a little bit. So saddle width is a huge thing to think about when you’re getting the right seat.
The other one to go back to the saddle is the amount of saddle padding. It sounds counterintuitive but actually too much padding adds more pressure, so as your sit bones sink in, this other material has to compress somewhere else and it tends to add more pressure down the middle.
The other aspect you can see is if the saddle has a cutout, and that’s been shown to be helpful in reducing pressure, so if you’re still having troubles once you’ve got the right width and the saddle tilt, then I start to look for a saddle that has a cutout.
The other key aspect with saddle is also making sure it’s in the right position. If it’s too high it’s going to add more pressure here, and then also, overall in the bike fit, remember there’s three points of contact, the cleats, the saddle, and the handlebars. If the weight distribution is not correct, if you’re really heavy on the saddle, that’s going to add more pressure there. Local Physiotherapist
If cyclists have any questions about saddle discomfort or saddle positions see someone who’s certified in bike fitting, or a physoi that does biek fits.s also for technique, see a coach and they’ll help get you on the right path.
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Tyler Dumont achieved his Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alberta in 1993. He completed his Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from UBC in 1998. Tyler opened Physiomoves in 2007 and is proud of the reputation he and his team is establishing in the community as one of the best physio/ rehabilitation clinics in the Lower Mainland.
Tyler is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He has been instructing UBC students in the area of Sports and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy since 1998. He is honoured to be a past recipient of the Physiotherapy Association of BC Award of Excellence in Education, as well as the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching. He continues to mentor and supervise UBC Master of Physical Therapy students each year. He is published in many journals and magazines and is often asked to speak at events pertaining to sports and injuries.
Tyler is the only Physiotherapist in South Surrey, White Rock and Langley to hold a Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, Canada’s highest level of sport rehabilitation specialization for his profession. As a former national champion cyclist, Tyler is also the Lower Mainland’s expert on bike fits, having performed thousands of these over the past 18 years. He has worked with athletes from many sports, including extensive experience in cycling, running, swimming, rugby, hockey, field hockey, and gymnastics at the provincial, national and international level. He was nominated by his peers and proudly represented Physical Therapy in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. He was a part of the Host Medical Team at Canada Hockey Place during the 2010 Olympics. Along with other Physiomoves therapists, Tyler completed the Functional Movement Screening and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment courses. Tyler has also successfully completed the Gunn IMS (intra-muscular stimulation) course and offers IMS to his clients as part of their rehabilitation program as needed. He is also currently pursuing advanced bike fit certification.
In his spare time, Tyler enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife and 3 young sons around their local Surrey neighbourhood. He is excited to share his time between the 2 Physiomoves clinics in Surrey (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and alternating Saturdays) and South Surrey (on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
Education: Bachelor of Physical Education (Athletic Therapy), U of A, 1989 Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, U of A, 1993 Intermediate level Manual Therapy, 1995 Masters degree in Rehab Science, UBC, 1998 (Thesis on Patellar Tendinopathy) Sport Physiotherapy Diploma, 1999 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), 2003
Experience: Over 19 years experience in sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, arthritis, and joint replacement (9 years at the UBC Sports Medicine Centre) Treated athletes from many different sports (e.g. cycling, triathlon, rugby, field hockey, and gymnastics at the provincial, national and international level). Over 15 years experience in performing “bike fits” for triathletes, road cyclists, commuters, and recreational cyclists in order to optimize cycling performance and to prevent injuries.
Roles: Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy (UBC) since 1998 Therapist, hockey venue during the 2010 Winter Olympics Examiner for Sports Physiotherapy Canada
Accomplishments: National Champion in cross country mountain bike racing (Master Expert category), 2001 Bronze medalist World Masters Games cross country mountain bike race in Melbourne , Australia , 2002 Physiotherapy Association of BC Award of Excellence: Education, 2005 Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006
If you are looking for local services or treatment in the office or hospital from a Physiotherapist, contact a provider such as ( Mr. Tyler Dumont ) with this phone number to inquire if they are accepting patients or you need a referral. Phone number to book an appointment (604) 575-7477 Now health