February 16th, 2007

Great River Medical Center will provide bike-fit assessments from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 10, in the lobby of the Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington (next to Great River Medical Center). The assessments will be conducted by staff members from Great River Center for Rehabilitation. The assessments are free to youth age 10 and under; assessments for those over 10 are $5.

Evaluations for proper bike fit will be provided for recreational riders. Center for Rehabilitation staff will look at proper posture and make adjustments to ensure that riders meet their functional goals, whether it is comfort and endurance, or speed and performance. Staff also will give advice about cycling safety.

“Cyclists should fit well with their own bikes,” said George VanHagen, a physical therapy assistant at the Center for Rehabilitation. “Improper bike fit may lead to knee, neck, lower back and leg pain. A bike-fit assessment from a trained professional can make the cycling experience much more enjoyable.”

Besides bike-fit assessments, a variety of educational booths will be available. Topics include:
• Bicycles and biking gear, Bickel’s Bicycle and Fitness Shop
• Bike club membership information, Bike Burlington
• Free bicycle helmets and child bicycle safety, Great River Medical Center
• Sports nutrition, Great River Medical Center
• Strength and conditioning programs, Great River Medical Center
• USA Triathlon Certified Training Center, Great River Medical Center

For more information about the bike-fit assessment and safety expo, please call the Center for Rehabilitation at (319) 768-4100.