Frequently Asked Questions
Who can benefit from Erg's process?
Any rider who wants to improve their riding experience is a good candidate for a professional bike fit. It is often thought that investing in a bike fit is reserved for elite/pro cyclists. Though a good integration of your body's characteristics to your bike is really just as important as the bike you choose for your style of riding.
What is a bike fit?
Bike fit is a process of changing body position by adjusting bike parts to achieve an interaction between a number of variables—such as exercise economy, mechanical/metabolic efficiency, and comfort—to minimize resistive forces and maximize bicycle velocity while at the same time reduce the risk of injury occurrence.
What is Erg Cycling's analysis?
If bike fit is the process of putting you in a position where you are satisfying good operation from a joint angle perspective, Erg's cycling analysis process is optimizing your position by very specific modifications for your pinnacle of performance, comfort and efficiency.
Where does this take place?
Erg appointments are taking place at Paradise Garage in the Short North of Columbus, Ohio.
Mobile consultation can also be arranged—contact Eric@Ergcycling.com for details.
What do I wear for my appointment?
Wear any clothing that you would normally be wearing to ride your bike. The closer you can replicate your normal riding wear, the better. (ie: Athletic shoes and shorts that you ride in, your new team kit, or your triathalon kit...) If you ride with cycling shoes and pedal clip-in systems, please bring your shoes.
How long does a session take with Erg?
Duration of fittings vary depending on several factors relating to the complexity of your bike—such as a road bike with no suspension or aerobars vs. a mountain bike with full suspension or a Tri bike where several additional bike specific characteristics need to be addressed to achieve optimal ergonomics. Erg averages around 2 hours, though can run as long as 3 hours. If you have time constraints, let Erg know and we’ll find a way to make it work.
What if I don't like the new position?
Erg advocates for taking the time the body needs to adapt—especially if you are an avid rider, a racer, or someone that has spent a long time in the same position. Sometimes multiple fitting sessions are advised to achieve adaptation and satisfaction. Erg’s process is to assess, modify, and repeat. Additionally, Erg can be available for a tweak ride in which you and Eric simply go out for a ride to iron out the finite details that can be harder to address on a stationary trainer.
Do I need to be in good shape and ready to ride?
Try and show up recovered and ready to work. You will be on and off the trainer frequently. Erg also advocates for proper hydration leading up to your fitting as dehydration can influence many things in a fitting such as flexibility, muscular fatigue, and what/how you are feeling when changes are made.
Why is a good fit so important?
- Bikes come in limited shapes and sizes, but riders do not.
A good fit increases pedaling efficiency and comfort—while also reducing risk of injury.
Your riding experience should be free from things like knee pain, tingling hands, saddle discomfort, numb feet, or a sore neck.