I contacted Rick because I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot as a result of heavy use of my Peloton bike. I’m a big runner, so my foot injury forced me to take a long break from running. Besides following the bike fit videos included with the bike, changing my shoes / seat and even getting a fit in the Peloton showroom, I couldn’t get the pain to go away.
I contacted Rick and within minutes, we started working on two main things:
1. Position of the cleats on my bike shoes
2. My fit on the bike
These two things are Rick’s bread and butter: it felt like I was talking to the friendly\experienced bike fitter in my local bike store – this is what Rick does. It turns out that my cleats were way off – a bit embarrassing because I’m an avid road cyclist but what was most surprising was my fit on the bike: all the videos and even the Peloton instructors in the showroom kept having me move my seat back (away from the handlebars).
After I sent a few short videos and Rick reviewed them, he told me that I was too far back; he had me move my seat all the way forward. He figured this out by reviewing the position of my knees over the pedals. I was skeptical at first because Rick’s advice was the exact opposite of the training videos and guidance I got from the Peloton showroom, but all it took was a few rides to convince me.
My foot pain got noticeably better after a few rides and as I sit here and write this review (several weeks later), my plantar fasciitis is completely gone! I am back to running again and cycling / road biking without any pain! Riding the Peloton bike is even easier now that I’m set up correctly on the bike – I’m able to finish most of my rides near the top of the leaderboard!
In hindsight I wish I had contacted Rick the day I got my bike and got set up correctly from the beginning. I am so grateful to ride / run without pain; it’s money well spent!
Thank you Rick!
Coach Rick Schultz is an avid cyclist who trains, races and coaches in Southern California. Rick is an engineer by trade, and in addition to being a coach, he's a bike fitter and prolific product reviewer. He's the author of Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist and Bike Fit 101: Your Toolset for a Great Bike Fit in the RBR eBookstore. Check his product reviews website, www.biketestreviews.com, and his coaching site, www.bikefitnesscoaching.com. Click to read Rick's full bio.