Pros depend on Andy Pruitt to soothe their aches and pains and help them ride faster and smoother. Now Andy’s advice can help recreational and fitness cyclists, too. The world’s leading expert in scientific bike fit, Andy Pruitt explains the steps of a complete fit session and the logic behind each adjustment.
Even the best bike fit can’t prevent every injury; use Andy’s years of experience to easily pinpoint symptoms, identify the cause, and begin proven remedies to get back in the saddle. Andy also includes plenty of tips on training programs, stretching and rehabilitation, how to stay healthy during a long season, aging, and weight loss.
Andy Pruitt’s Complete MEdical Guide for Cyclists
Andrew L. Pruitt, EdD with Fred Matheny
Paperback with photographs and illustrations throughout.
Foreword by Chris Carmichael
6″ x 9″, 224 pp., $18.95, 9781931382809
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P A R T I: BIKE FIT
CHAPTER 1: Bike Fit Rules
Rule 1: Bike Fit Is a Marriage Between Bike and Rider
Rule 2: Make the Bike Fit Your Body, Don’t Make Your Body Fit the Bike
Rule 3: Dynamic Bike Fit Is Better Than Static Bike Fit
Rule 4: Cycling Is a Sport of Repetition
Rule 5: Remember the Fit Window
Rule 6: Mountain Bikes Are an Exception
CHAPTER 2: Saddle Position
Saddle Height for Road Bikes
Saddle Height for Mountain Bikes
CHAPTER 3: Handlebar Position
Reach to a Drop Handlebar
Reach to a Flat Handlebar
Brake Lever Placement
Hand Positions on a Drop Bar
Aero Bar Position
CHAPTER 4: Pedals and Cleats
Fore/Aft Foot Position
Rotational Cleat Position
P A R T I I: REMEDIES FOR CYCLING INJURIES
CHAPTER 5: Knees
How to Ice Injuries
How to Use a NSAID
Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
Inflammation of the Medial Patellar Femoral Ligament
Pes Anserine Bursitis/Tendinitis
Biceps Femoris Tendinitis or Popliteus Tendinitis
Frequently Asked Questions: Knees
CHAPTER 6: Back and Neck
Frequently Asked Questions: Shimming Cleats
CHAPTER 7: Foot and Ankle
Ankling—Useful or Not?
CHAPTER 8: Hands, Arms, and Shoulders
Cyclist’s Palsy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Navicular Wrist Fracture
Broken Collarbone and Shoulder Separation
CHAPTER 9: Crotch and Skin
Saddles and Shorts
Frequently Asked Questions: Skin Problems
CHAPTER 10: Eyes and Head
P A R T I I I: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF CYCLING
CHAPTER 11: Overtraining and Recovery
Symptoms of Overtraining
Causes of Overtraining
Prevention of Overtraining
CHAPTER 12: Weight Loss
Weight Loss Dangers
Losing Weight Safely
CHAPTER 13: Physiological Testing
CHAPTER 14: Developing a Personal Training Program
The Coach Approach
Coaching over the Internet
Do-It-Yourself Performance Testing
Three Dimensions of Training
Recommended Training Zones
CHAPTER 15: Health Maintenance
Riding Through Illness
CHAPTER 16: Aging and the Cyclist
Hormonal Balance with Aging
CHAPTER 17: Comfort and Performance—You Can Have Both
Changing Bike Design
CHAPTER 18: The Biomechanics of Cycling
The Foot/Shoe/Pedal Interface
The Biomechanics of the Pedal Stroke
CHAPTER 19: Stretching and Rehabilitation
Patellofemoral (Knee) Exercises
CHAPTER 20: What We Don’t Know (But I Wish We Did!)
Can We Help Aging Athletes Ride Better?
How Does the Heart React to Long-Term Endurance Exercise?
What’s the Best Stance Width?
What Is the Most Effective Foot Position on the Pedal?
What’s the Solution to Low Back Problems?
What Are the Effects of Rocking Torque?
What Position Produces the Optimum Trade-off Between Power Production and Aerodynamics?
Exactly How Much Training Should We Do Each Day to Produce Maximum Gains?
“Thanks to Andy my strength on the bike has increased a lot. He improved and optimized my position on the bike to produce more power and place less strain on my back, hamstrings, and knees. His expertise will help you get as much out of your bike rides as possible.” —Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, world champion mountain biker
“If you love to ride and want to continue for your whole life, the information in this book is priceless.” —Chris Carmichael