Today we are are going to take an in-depth look at a Peaks Coaching Group athlete who purchased the LEOMO TYPE-R to improve comfort on the bike.
This athlete noted:
I purchased the Type R because I was getting more and more uncomfortable on the bike, not at all like the very, very smooth pedaling style I had a few years ago. The TYPE-R allowed me to make changes, one at a time, then go back and quantify them so I wasn’t just relying on ‘feels better, feels worse’. It had gotten the point where I felt like I was pedaling with the legs of two different guys who didn’t know each other and one was a really bad bike rider.
- Age: 62
- Riding Since: 1970s. Holds a Cat 2 USAC Road License
- Annual Mileage: 7,500–10,000
- Most Recent Bike Fit: 2011
- Pedals: Speedplay Zero for over a year, Speedplay X-2 prior to that
- Shoes: Sidi Wire 43.5, Suplest Edge/3 Pro 42.5, Gaerne G.Stilo+ 42.5 and 43, and Sidi Shot 44
- Insoles: Solestar size 42 BLK stock, size 43 BLK, and custom BLK
A little background from the athlete again in their own words:
I stretch and do core exercises daily, as recommend by the osteopath. My right side feels tight, and I’m thinking I should visit my osteopath soon to be worked over and straightened out. On issues, my skeletal architecture is a mess, scoliosis (only found five years ago, but pronounced), several disk issues in including a disintegrated L5-S1 from an old fall. Generally, my left side feels pretty good, my right feels like a disjointed string puppet. Possibly some nerve damage into my right leg. Also, the arch of my right foot seems to be collapsing, leading to the feeling of mis-tracking on my right leg. I’ve tried every custom and over the shelf insole I can find. And, a somewhat messed up left shoulder after being hit by a car a few years ago.
Let’s see if this athlete’s use of the TYPE-R has helped to improve pedal stroke, but more importantly feel comfortable pedaling once again.
Shown below: June 24, 2017 DSS (Dead Spot Score) and PSI (Pedal Stroke Intelligence)
Breakthrough: August 27, 2017 DSS (Dead Spot Score) and PSI (Pedal Stroke Intelligence)
This athlete later mentioned that his right ankle was not over his right foot, but canted in. This athlete mentioned:
Seems my right arch just collapses and the ankle rolls in. I had been running the new, larger Sidi Shot shoes with the stock footbeds the past few days, which did not feel that bad. The surprise was the custom Solestar foot beds I had made for the Gaerne shoes never really seemed to work right, like my foot was twisting in the shoe trying to find a comfortable place and my right arch seemed to flex and unflex.
This athlete then decided to put his Solestar footbeds into a pair of Sidi’s— and found a much better fit. They noted that the curve of the footbeds matches the Sidi shoes much better than it does in the Gaerne.
All of a sudden, my ankle doesn’t rotate in and my right leg doesn’t feel like its about to fly off at any moment. My foot felt well supported and not like it was moving around trying to find a comfortable position.
While we do not think this changes will fix everything, the athlete’s DSS was down and they felt much more stable on the aero bars, more symmetrical and balanced. The results above were not achieved without thorough testing and the athlete continues to test and perform prescribed drills. Currently, the athlete recorded activity with the TYPE-R 68 times.
So, pretty cool that the Leomo can quantify what I’m feeling, and really helped track down a problem I’ve been having for a long time.
As I stated in the intro, this is a journey towards improvement and for this athlete, and the journey will require the athlete to continuously monitor this data for future changes.
Peaks Coaching Group (PCG) began working with LEOMO in 2015 to assist in the development of the TYPE-R. For more information on LEOMO, the TYPE-R, or Motion Analysis visit www.peakscoachinggroup.com/leomo and discover how you too can benefit from this research.