Problem Solving the Injured Cyclist: Assessment, Management and Bike Fit

Problem Solving the Injured Cyclist: Assessment, Management and Bike Fit

We have teamed up with Bianca Broadbent of FitYourBike to run our new course.

4th February 2017 – Manchester


11th March 2017 – Birmingham




This course is designed specifically for healthcare practitioners, scientists, therapists and coaches whom are looking to develop their holistic management of cycling related pathologies. The content will be delivered at post grad level, therefore prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology is expected, however we do not expect you to be overfamiliar with cycling itself.We will combine a mix of theory and practical workshops:

  • Basic anatomy and cycling biomechanics
  • Subjective and objective assessment skills
  • Common cycling injuries and their management strategies
  • Clinically reasoning bike fit
  • Current trends in cycling/bike fit
  • Case studies
  • Current literature and trends

Particular emphasis will be given to management of road cyclists, please note there is an expectation that you undertake some pre course reading and assessment in order to make the most of this seminar.

Please see for dates & further info.

Tim Pigott BSc (Hons) MSc (Hons) MCSP ACPSEM Physiotherapist & Retul Bike Fitter at HP3
Twitter @HP3_Tim //
Tim is a highly experienced physiotherapist within the field of sports medicine with over 10 years experience of dealing with elite athletes.  He qualified in 2003 and has worked extensively within the NHS and private practice, including work for the English Institute of Sport, British Triathlon, British Cycling, and UK Athletics.  As a bike fitter Tim extended his skill set by working with John Dennis at Physiohaüs with the Retül system, and supporting Phil Burt at British Cycling.  Tim is the Academic Lead for the MSc clinical biomechanics at Salford University, supporting various research projects using 3D analysis.

Bianca Broadbent BSc (Hons) MCSP ACPSEM Physiotherapist & Retul Bike Fitter at Fit Your Bike and Physiokinetic
Twitter @thecyclingphys //
Bianca is an experienced physiotherapist who qualified in 2009, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings but started to specialise in cycling related injuries and bike fitting in 2011. Bianca now runs Fit Your Bike which hosts bike fitting clinics in Essex and Birmingham, and manages a wide variety of cyclists and triathletes ranging from amateur to elite, with particular interest in women’s specific cycling issues.

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Bike fitting case study – neck injury causing knee asymmetry

Case study:

whiplash and neck injury resulting in a twisted position causing significant asymmetry in the lower limbs, bit of physio work to the neck and shoulders improves the knee position! This was only interim data but shows how as a bike fitter you need to consider the whole body and not just fettle the bike!

physio to shoulder changing knee position

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Test saddles in stock for you to try

At Worsley Physio Clinic we have a large selection of test saddles from SMP, ISM and Fizik for you to try. As part of the fitting process we can help find the right saddle for you and resolve any pain or discomfort you may have.  Contact us for details of trial loans for any of the saddles. 


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Retül demo for Preston Cycling Club

On Wednesday night I demo’d the retül bike fitting system to 10 guys from Preston Cycling club. A number of the riders highlighted that they had discomfort on longer races and we identified a few key positional faults which  would improve their comfort and performance.
If you would like a demonstration for your club please get in touch.

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British Triathlon Coach Training Course



Sunday 11th October saw Duncan and Tim delivering two workshops for the British Triathlon Coach CPD day at Edge Hill University.


The morning session led by Duncan covered ‘run technique: faults and corrections’, which included many areas of running such as; gait analysis, biomechanics and the effect of running injuries.  The running analysis methods taught helped the club coaches highlight possible areas for improvement of running form and reduce risk of injuries in their athletes.


In the afternoon Tim ran a seminar on the ‘Science behind a bike fit’, which discussed the key components related to physiology and the biomechanics of cycling. The coaches were also shown the 3D Retül motion-capture bike fitting system and how it can deliver highly accurate and comprehensive data to guide optimal performance, efficiency, injury prevention, and comfort on the bike.


If you would like Tim or Duncan to come and talk to your team or club on topics such as injury prevention, running technique or bike fitting, then please contact the team at




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Xsens vs Retul motion capture research

This past week we were doing more data collection for the Xsens vs Retul motion capture research.  Here’s a couple of screen shots of the Xsens graphic in action.


bottom of pedal stroke 3 oclock

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North West Retul bike fit demonstration for Rochdale CTC

Many thanks to Rochdale CTC and the East Lancs Road Club for inviting me to their training session to demo the Retul bike fitting system recently.

It was great to see so many keen cyclists with a great support network within the club.

If any other clubs in the North West would like a demonstration of the Retul bike fitting system then please get in touch, as the leading North West Retul bike fit practitioner I can offer educational seminars on injury prevention as well as demonstrating the benefits of using this technology to improve your comfort, efficiency, performance as well and reduce injury risk.


East lancs demo

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Bike fit reports

Whether you are going for a traditional or Retül bike fit you will be provided with a report of a few key metrics.  But which are the most important?  While the fitter will adjust you to the most optimum position for your body and performance goals, you must also ensure you are provided with a number of ‘fit coordinates’ so that you can adjust any other bikes you may have and gain further understanding about the whole bike fitting procedure.

Retül fits will automatically provide you with a report with a number of different metrics:

bike setup report retul

But at a minimum you should be provided with just 4 or 5 numbers:

bike fit measurements slowtwitch

Saddle height

Simply the distance from the bottom bracket to the top of the saddle (halfway between the tip and the tail).  Certain saddles this is adjusted to the rideable flat section, such as ISM Adamo.

Saddle fore/aft

–       the nose of the saddle relative to the bottom bracket.  This is a plumb line measurement.  This number will vary between road and TT bikes and whether it has to be UCI legal.


–       This depends on whether it is a road or TT set up.  For road bikes the two measurements of interest are; saddle nose forward to the centre of the handlebar clamp, and nose forward to the hood trough.  This second measurement is an angular measure.  On a TT set up the first measurement is saddle nose to the back of the armrest, and nose forward to the shifter pivot.

Handlebar elevation

–       For road it’s the elevation of the top of the saddle down to the handlebar, the top of the bar.

These are the key fit coordinates.  There are many more, but they are minor in comparison to these key numbers.  As shown above, the Retül system automatically generates these numbers and provides you with the stack and reach data to guide your purchase of an appropriate new frame.   If you are looking to purchase a new bike/frame then the Retül Müve fit bike is a fully adjustable rig to find your optimum position, and then generate these numbers to guide your purchase decision making process, or adjust your existing bike accordingly if you can’t bring your own bike to the studio.

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Smarter shopping for your new bike

Before you walk into a bike shop and look for your new dream ride for next season, consider this; there is no easier way to be deceived by a bike than to judge it from just a test ride.

A short ride on the bike will not give you the same information as a long training ride for obvious reasons.

Unanimously the most important factor in choosing a new bike is making sure it is the right ‘fit’ for you. One option is to get your stack and reach data from a fit on an adjustable rig or your old bike, and from that you can start to narrow down your selection. have a comprehensive list of stack and reach data at

Another option is to use Frame Finder in conjunction with your Certified Retül Fitter.


Then you can start test riding different bikes. However you want to standardize the components and wheel sets. The reasons being that differences in these can significantly alter the feel of the ride. Lower tyre pressures and softer more supple tyres will feel smooth and great, whereas higher psi’s and more robust tyres will be harsher but more responsive. Is the stock saddle correct for you anatomy? Do the bars match your anatomy? Is the drive chain well tuned? A well tuned bike will give a better impression than an out of tune bike.

So once you’ve standardized a selection of bikes which suit you from your stack and reach data ask the shop to set those bikes to your fit data with the same wheelset to neutralize the difference between tyres.

This process will ensure you spend your hard earned cash wisely and provide you with a steed which will help you achieve your performance goals in comfort and with reduced injury risk.

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