All regular cyclists will enjoy riding their bike. Sometimes this enjoyment can be compromised by niggles such as saddle sores; knee, neck and back pain; or an inability to improve their performance beyond a particular personal best. Many cyclists are forever tinkering with their position - looking for that elusive perfect posture, but unable to pinpoint why they "just don't feel quite right".
Mike Veal launched BikeDynamics as a standalone Bike Fitting business in 2008. Since then he has seen nearly 3500 customers, of all shapes and sizes. As a rule, all clients enjoy and benefit from the fitting process. For some, it can be an outstanding, life changing success. After 11 fantastic years of full time Bike Fitting, Mike was looking forwards to a 12th and last before retirement, but then Coronavirus came along! BikeDynamics Leamington saw it’s last ‘in person’ Bike Fits prior to the second England lockdown in November 2020.
Over the years, Scott Millns has brought a number of bikes to the Leamington Studio. One such visit in 2019 included a conversation about Mike’s retirement plans, planting a seed in Scott’s mind on the prospect of taking on the BikeDynamics business. This seed quickly grew into full succession planning with training starting in the Autumn of 2019. Covid lockdown provided an opportunity for more study and research and by Autumn 2020, training was concluded and premises found. The next chapter ‘BikeDynamics Hinckley’ opens to customers in early 2021.
Mike is not retiring completely. The data generated from our 3400+ customers offers a rich mine of information to inform the Bike Fitting Industry. He continues to offer online Consultancy on Fit and Sizing issues as well as running bespoke Courses.
Long term BikeDynamics friend and colleague Helen Tudge MCSP has successfully moved her Pilates for Cyclists classes online via Zoom. Chartered Physiotherapist Helen is also offering one to one Cyclist’s Assessments to help participants improve their flexibility and manage injuries.
The premises at the Asfare Business park, close to the junction of M69 and A5 have provided a fantastic opportunity to develop and expand the Bike Fitting offering. Continuing with the mantra of Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve, and Record, existing technologies such as Dartfish motion capture and Computrainer Spinscan are maintained, but now the ‘Improve’ stage can move onto the fully adjustable Shimano Fit Bike. This offers fine adjustment of all fit parameters and the easy change of saddles, bars etc. This also brings the utterly brilliant capability to quickly adjust cranks lengths! All settings are then transferred back onto the customer’s own bike or bikes.
"I really enjoyed the afternoon looking at my set up and the report you have produced is brilliant; I can see me returning to this time and again as a reference point. As you know, this wasn't my first bike fit but it is definitely the most comprehensive I have had. The changes we made feel great and I have no issues with knee pain etc. following the lowering of my saddle height.