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We've been fixing cyclists at our sports massage clinic in Moorgate for over 15 years. While cycling is a great non-load bearing sport, it brings with it a great challenge in getting bike and body to work in harmony. From bike fitting, to choice of food on the bike, as cyclists ourselves we've been through the mill and in our articles on cycling we hope to share some of our trials and tribulations which may resolve some of the mysteries around such a great sport (we're not biased). Peta McSharry is a Level 2 Cycling Coach currently studying for level 3 and will be adding coaching plans to her skills in the next year.

Getting a bike fit from a professional can help with ongoing issues especially when your mileage ramps up. Understanding which bike fit may be best and where to go can sometimes prove daunting. Over the years I've had many bike fits and here I offer some advice and have written a book on cycling including bike fitting advice.

Faced with the prospect of 7 weeks off work after breaking my collarbone and under a large amount of pain, I resigned myself to a good spell of time off doing sports massage and the bike. It is pain like I've never experienced before, but as a hardcore endurance cyclist pain is part of the game and I think our brains clock pain differently. I needed some advice and the best person to ask is someone who's broken their collarbones 5 times, thankfully I have a few ex-pro cyclists who were clients that would arm me with some good advice.

When the TransAm Bike Race popped up on my radar, I thought: That's my kind of race. A solo, unsupported race across 4,200miles of the USA, taking in around 50,000m of climbing. In what would turn out to be a years project of researching kit, testing it and putting in a few training blocks using the kit, I felt ready to tackle this huge challenge of an adventure.

One would expect someone in this type of job would know better, however sometimes small changes can cause big problems, especially when the distances ramp up. In a quest (it's been ongoing for 15 years) to get perfect on the bike, I am a micro-adjuster or as I say, tweaker. Knowing I'd be spending in excess of 200km per day on the bike for over 3 weeks, I started making some tweaks to get more comfortable on the bike over distance. Problem was I wasn't sure which direction to go in.

Cycling is booming and with an asymmetrical human attached to a symmetrical object, something is going to complain. While cycling is a great non-load bearing exercise, because bike set up has so many variables and our bodies are not symmetrical, getting to the bottom of a problem takes a good understanding of the many areas affecting our attachment to our bikes.

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