"TT / TRI SPECIFIC" BIKE PERFORMANCE FITTING SESSION - With Computerised Pedalling Technique Analysis & Cleat Alignment Check.
Who Is This Session For?
This is the fitting to choose if you are a Triathlete/ Duathlete /Time Triallist who rides a tt/tri specific bike.
Even small changes in bike setup, riding position, style and technique can result in measurably different performance outcomes. Nowhere are such changes more significant than on a TT/tri bike, where we attempt to fold our bodies into an unnatural shape in the quest for aerodynamic sleekness whilst still being able to propel ourselves with smooth and graceful power! The reality is of course a dramatically sharp two-edged sword : The potential is there to get our riding very right... or very wrong!
Add to this the fact that aero bikes are now used for an increasingly diverse range of events and by a diverse range of riders! From national level 10 mile TT riders who are racing for under 20 minutes (and for whom aerodynamics is the only show in town!) right through to the new breed of "have-a-go" Ironman competitor, (who can expect to be on their aero bike for 6 hours or even more and for whom comfort is king!
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Our Fitting and analysis sessions go much further than bike shop style bike fits. Our focus is on optimising and harmonising the relationship between bike and rider in a rigorous and scientific way. (You should allow 2 to 2.5 hours for the entire session.)
What's Included in the Session: A Summary
Our objective, and our expertise, is in assisting you to make the right changes to enhance your riding performance and enjoyment (Every riders objectives are different: Your objectives maybe comfort based, speed based, pain minimization based or you may simply just want to get everything about your bike and riding optimised.)
Through a systematic analysis of your position, riding and pedaling technique, aerodynamics, comfort, efficiency, power, performance level - and of course the type of events you ride, we will work with you to show you (in real time) the combined effects of changes in bike setup, position, riding style and pedaling technique. What's more is that you will see with your own eyes how the performance numbers change as we go!
- We begin by conducting a detailed questionnaire about your riding experience , objectives and strength and needs.
- We then measure your key body dimensions on a purpose built fitting jig and employing the latest software we design your optimal theoretical bike setup - that is to say we produce clear numerical diagrams of what your perfect bike setup would look like - you get to keep these diagrams as they will underpin your bike sizing choices forever more!
- We then get you on your own bike, and set about videoing you as you ride on our virtual computerised courses. We can analyse your bike setup and body position in considerable detail and can even obtain precise data in key areas (such as power data on where your pedal stroke is weakest and strongest, and whether your legs are contributing equal power to your riding!)
- PLUS This session now includes our Pedaling Analysis module
- PLUS - This session includes a basic cleat alignment and resetting check:
- Optimal Cleat fore and aft position
- Optimal Cleat side-to-side position
- Cleat rotation
- Forefoot tilt - We now offer cleat wedges to all customers who need them (cost is £2.95 per wedge) - and if you require wedges we can fit them for free at your fitting.
We believe that a conversational and relaxed approach to fitting is the way to go - You are an empowered party at our fittings and we are more than happy to be questioned every step of the way about what we are doing and why. It is the case that whilst many aspects of the fitting process can de described as "hard science" - many equally important elements are more personal to the individual.
It is not our job to force you to change anything about your riding - rather it is about supporting you with any concerns, doubts or known problems. Its Ok to arrive with your own ideas, and your own story - even your own notes and examples of the steps you've been through to counter any fit problems that have brought you to our door! It is your session after all.
A key element of the fitting process is that everything we will do with you takes place on your own bike and not some "all-singing-all-dancing" bike fitting jig (which bears little relation to what's actually happening in the real world of riding your own bike!) We feel this is a critical component of what we offer our customers!
In terms of our own background: We have spent many years working with everyone from top athletes such as the many internationals who ride our bikes (Click here to see some of them) right through to club and leisure riders and have conducted over 2000 sessions to date! We've also seen all the fads come and go and have tried to understand the implications of this fadism - separating the science from the fiction and the empty marketing claims from the real truth.
Why Have a Bike Fitting?
The vast majority of riders simply get onto a bike and ride it. There is often just a notional idea of correct sizing that steers peoples buying decisions (still the most frequent determinant of choice is the "chap in the bike shop" or his Googled equivalent!). This can of course be really useful if the chap is knowledgeable and has some experience in bike-fitting or indeed if the website you are using is credible. In our experience most people have a good go at getting it right, in terms of their bike setup. And invariably they do this without any assistance and without any claims to knowledge in the field!
However, the reality is that this can of course be very haphazard and "hit-and-miss" - and even at best only scratches the surface of what your own unique body specifically needs and is capable of doing on a bike - or as is the case for many people: why your body might feel like its refusing to do what you want it to do!
This is not surprising really when you think that we place ourselves on a fixed mechanical contraption for long periods of time whilst we perform, literally thousands of repetitive and unnatural body movements on it!
What's more significant yet is that as time goes on, we tend to become more serious and demanding of both our bikes and our bodies .. setting our performance heights ever higher - and that's irrespective of whether we are elite riders or weekend sportivistes!
Our perspective is that there is no single-constant-perfect way to setup or to ride a bike!
Rather there are a huge number of choices that we all make every time we get on our bikes. These can be the obvious choices. How high the saddle is, how far the reach to the bars is etc. But there are so many more critical choices that we are constantly making and many of these can be unwitting choices outside of our own awareness: How to sit on the saddle, at what angle, how to position our arms, backs, shoulders, hands etc. How to pedal and when to push and pull. (And when not to!) And of course everything continually changes as we get more tired or as we change our position from tops to drops and whether we going up hill or downhill or on the flat.
Clearly if you make the right choices you can ride smooth, hard, comfortably and for long periods. But what if the choices you are making are not good ones? What if you don't have the information or knowledge needed to inform those choices.... or what if (as is the case is for most people in our own experience) you're not even sure what all the choices are or how they all work together to produce the bike/rider system you'd like to become!
Your Session in Detail
The fitting begins with an interview and information gathering process, including taking detailed body dimensional measurements. This enables us to theoretically determine what your optimised bike setup would be, based on a wide range of parameters including: your body dimensions & proportions, your fitness, flexibility, goals, type of riding/multisport, and the level you ride at. We also fundamentally focus on any injuries or ride-limiting discomfort,aches & pains.
The information we gather at this stage in the process serves as a solid and scientifically derived set of reference points which we then apply to the current setup of your bike. We work with you to identify the sorts of changes that may be needed to your setup/equipment in order to achieve optimal fit. We can even carry out the changes to componentry if required whilst you are with us.
Once we've completed the initial part of the fitting process we then go on to the core elements of your dynamic positional analysis (This gets to the very heart of your riding and how you do it!). Effective bike riding is about how the body relates to the bike in motion (and vice versa of course!) This is our key specialism (something to do with those 2000+ rider sessions again, Did we mention those!) It is also the area in which we are unique - By its very nature this session goes so much further than a bike-fitting that you would get at a bike shop.
We will assess you riding your bike and will focus on identifying the key elements of effective positioning with you and we can show you how the top guys and gals ride - and why they do it that way! We do of course use some whizzy computerised systems - that immediately conveys key information in an accessible and understandable way so that you can explore changes in riding style and setup and get instant feedback as you make these changes.
The technology is great in facilitating the communication between body and brain - but don't worry if you're not a teccy: we don't get hung up on the"kit" side of things - the equipment is only there as a tool and you won't feel like a laboratory rat!
This is a fascinating process to go through! You will leave the session with a clear and detailed report which includes an array of information which includes your ideal bike and frame dimensions, images/videos of you on your bike both before and after the session and specific guidance notes of any suggested equipment and positional changes that emerged from the session.
We continue to invest heavily in world leading technologies and training to keep us at the forefront of the Science of Cycling Dynamics. Here are some of the systems and tools used in our fittings (Please note that the systems used varies according to type of session chosen):
- Motionview 3-Dimensional multi-camera video analysis software (Used for real -time dynamic positional optimisation)
- BikeFitting.com - rider measurement jigs (to determine ideal theoretical bike component setup)
- Bike Fit Systems USA - Positional Models (to determine ideal rider position once bike set up correctly)
- Bike Fitting.com - Shoe Cleat Setting Jig (One of 3 separate tools we use in this key area of equipment setup)
- Le Mond / Bike Fit Cleat Wedges (One of 3 separate tools we use in this key area of equipment setup)
- Bike Fit USA Forefoot Measurement tool (One of 3 separate tools we use in this key area of equipment setup)
- Bike Fit USA Cycling Specific Goniometer (Used to separately verify key system generated angular measurements)
- Computrainer Pro Cyling Ergometer - (Power measurement in relation to Heart Rate and other key variables)
- Computrainer Pro Spinscan Analysis System (Computerised pedaling technique analysis - Including separate right and left leg power determination)
Shipping Weight (Box plus wheels)
I did some research on-line whilst still living in Australia about Andys bikes. I liked the idea of the full fitout service and all that it included. Andy did not disappoint, not at all.
We swapped e-mails from Oz and spoke once, then once we had moved back it was a good few months after we had made initial contact to me getting the fitting.
I was blown away by Andy's knowledge of all things bike and within 45 secs he had straightened out a small pull in my leg, He explained everything to me in great detail and i loved every second of it. My riding is now smoother than ever and i produce more power and speed with less fatigue and muscle soreness than before. Always a bonus!!
As for the bike, it's amazing and everything that i thought a TT bike would be. I look forward to many more years of riding Andy's bikes. Its a shame he lives 5 hours away.
Found the whole experience very useful and enjoyable at the same time. Managed to fix my main problem of moving about in the timetrial position, ditched the adamo saddle. And found out that my pedalling technique is better than I thought, and very evan, which was a supprise, as I thought I favoured one leg more than the other. Came away with a few tips to improve pedalling technique evan more. So cannot wait to get out at Castle Combe to see the improvments and in Dursley Road Club tens.