Echelon Cycles offers a premium bike fitting service with our resident fitter Neill Williamson. Having 15 years of experience as a sports therapist, he has an in depth knowledge of physiology, injuries and how they relate to sports performance.
Neill is an active cyclist having competed in most disciplines including, track, cyclocross, time trialling, road racing, mountain biking and both long and short distance triathlon. He has also toured across many countries of the world. Neill is a British Triathlon Level 2 coach who has successfully helped athletes to race to medals at National and World age group level.
Following on from Neill's role as a therapist, his approach to bike fitting is to assess the biomechanics of the rider and then fit the bike to the person's individual needs to allow that rider to achieve their personal goals.
" Many thanks for the bike fit on Saturday I'm really pleased on how it went , with the adjustments made the TT position now feels more aero but more relaxed in that position , I've done a 70 min session tonight going in and out of position throughout to get gently used to it , I went out for a quick 90 mins late yesterday and the saddle height and cleat wedges feel really good on my road bike , looking forward to an FTP test and racing again , thanks for the adjustment info."
The process starts with a detailed questionnaire to find out about the rider's cycling experience, past injuries, present concerns and goals for the future.
" Hi Neil, the bike fit you did for me seemed a bit radical at the time however it now feels comfortable and I no longer feel frustrated every time I go for a ride. I am sure that I would not have reached this fit by trial and error I am very pleased so far. I will have no problem recommending you."
A biomechanical assessment then follows to understand the rider's movement patterns and to get a clear picture of the causes of any problems that the rider is currently experiencing on the bike.
" Thanks Neil, I've been out on four rides since the bike fit. The new adjustments have been revolutionary for my speed, comfort and endurance. Thank you very much for an excellent fit service."
The rider is then observed on their bike and positional alterations are made as necessary to achieve a harmonious balance of rider and bike. Shoes and cleats are assessed and altered as required. These changes will allow the cyclist to get the best out of themselves and their cycle.
" Guess what ? Absolutely no pain in the Achilles whatsoever yes u R a legend & the saddle is awesome done 60 miles already and feel ZERO discomfort ."
At the conclusion of the fitting process the rider will be able to ride more efficiently which will result in more power, better pedaling dynamics and increased comfort on the bike.