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HAPPY FREEDMAN FROM NEW YORK’S HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY HAS DECADES OF BIKE FIT EXPERIENCE. IN THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF CHATS WITH FITTERS, HE SHARES ONE OF HIS MORE COMPLEX CASES. Image: https://favpng.com/

Cyclist Gender: Female 


calves, quads or even shins, and often eased

Age bracket: 45-55


after about 20 minutes. It could occur in both or

Discipline: Road


either legs, but it never occurred on the bike and

Level: Experienced club rider


wouldn’t prevent cycling. The discomfort was

Mileage: 50-100 miles per weekend


starting to diminish the rider’s enjoyment of

Complaint: Leg pain around 45 minutes after

cycling, which prompted her to seek help.

intense cycling.


Bike fit observations The athlete sat quite far forward on the saddle

The rider was referred to Happy by her doctor,

nose and looked to be reaching for the

having complained of leg pain starting 45-

handlebar. She was a good rider and could

minutes after riding. The pain could appear in the

produce a decent amount of power. After a little

Profile for IBFI

International Bike Fitter Magazine (issue 1 - May 2020)