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The importance of a bike fit and riding position - it's not just for the pros

David gets his riding position just right with a bike fit expert

Getting a bike fit is important if you want to maximise your performance and comfort on the bike, and it’s not just for racing cyclists either, every level of cyclist can benefit. In the above video I chatted to Jake Yarranton from Precise Performance about the bike fitting and he outlined why it should be a consideration if you want get the most performance out of your cycling and to minimise the risk of discomfort and injury.

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“It’s probably one of the most important things when you’re riding a bike. You avoid injury, and also the enhancement of comfort and efficiency is huge,” explains Jake. “It’s for everyone, amateur to racing cyclists, everyone will feel those benefits.”

It’s also something you should get done regularly as well. “Every year should be a good aim, but obviously that isn’t always realistic for some people. Your fitness levels might improve, or decrease in some occasions. Or you may have suffered an injury, or your generally your targets change as well so you have to reassess what that position likes like,” he adds.

Jake also put me through a regular bike fit which was interesting - it’s been a few years since I last had a bike fit so I was intrigued to see if my fit requirements had changed much. I ride a lot of different bikes so ensuring each one fits me correctly is a key requirement so having an up to date set of fit numbers is a good thing. I’ve also had a niggling back problem since a disc issue last summer post-Eurobike so was keen to really dial in my riding position before spring and summer arrive.

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Have you had a bike fit or thinking about getting a bike fit? Let us know in the comments section below and if you’ve got any questions do free to fire them in the comments section below.

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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