I went to see Noa Deutsch at PT Performance Training. Noa is a former ITU speedster who now coaches, works with the Canadian National Team and local pros, lectures at the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE) at Camosun College in Victoria, etc etc. She has done lots of bike fits for Olympians, pros, elites, and regular athletes like myself. She's also super nice and incredibly knowledgeable.
The Retul system is pretty cool. It uses a camera and a series of sensors that feed into some software. It analyzes the dynamic motion of a cyclist through a 3D sensor (rather than static positions that most fitters use) so you get a super-realistic picture of the cyclist, their motion, and most importantly any imbalances and their actual pedal stroke. You can also get a digital measurement of your complete bike, so you can replicate your position if anything changes or you get a new bike.
|Noa hooking me up to the 3D motion sensor.|
|The LED markers and wiring harness.|
|Computer screen of me turned into a stick figure.|
I have been having some problems with my left knee lately, so I was really interested in what she would say about my knees. My right knee tracks straight with a couple of adjustments - moved my cleats a bit, but my left knee is at an angle. This could be part of my knee issue. So she put different insoles in my shoes, and I'm supposed to get a new spindle for my left pedal which will move my knee out a bit, she thinks that will help.
|Differences in my knee tracking.|
|Data generated after the fit.|