A meeting with such a bicycle specialist can also enlighten you on several aspects. For example, the size of the saddle … well no, it may not need to be wider to seat your beautiful buttocks. We could thus recommend a smaller saddle to prevent the friction of the thighs precisely. The adviser will therefore ensure that your bones are supported properly and it is just happiness that awaits you for the rest of your summer outings!
Our colleague Johanne made an appointment last spring to have her new bike adjusted and she shares her experience with us. She met Mr. Michel Bourbonnais, bicycle positioning specialist and co-owner of the Le Suroît Cycle et Ski store in Vaudreuil-Dorion. Michel has positioned plus size people several times and is therefore good advice on the matter.
It should be noted that the bike experts are busy during the high season. Their schedules are full. You can still ask to reserve your spot when the madness of the month of cycling is over.
Here is the report of Johanne's visit to the shop
The purpose of the visit was a bike posture assessment/correction. The meeting lasted approximately 60 minutes.
As soon as I arrived, Mr. Bourbonnais inflated my tires according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
He then measured me and set up my bike on a stand to allow me to sit on it.
The first step was to adjust the saddle to the correct height and level it. Then he made the fine adjustments so that my weight was mainly towards the back and not towards the front of the saddle.
Once the position of the saddle was adjusted, it was the turn of the handlebars. He moved it so my body had a forward angle to avoid possible lower back pain.
I also received advice on how to place my feet on the cranks. When pedaling with the arch of the foot, I was not getting the maximum power offered by the area of the foot just under the toes. We also make sure that the knee is working the right way. The angle that the knee makes must not exceed a certain limit.
In closing, in order to tame my new saddle more easily, he advised me to start with a 30-minute ride and the following days, increase by 10 minutes a day for a week.
Thank you Sportive Plus and thank you Michel for Suroît Cycle and Ski !
Text by Catherine and Johanne from Sportive Plus St-Clet