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Articles2018-05-12T16:40:34+11:00

The dynamic fit bike

The dynamic fit bike If you have been reading my earlier articles you will have seen references to the dynamic fit bike that I use.  So what on earth is a dynamic fit bike?  For starters a it rarely looks anything like a real bike.  Rather it's a tool built specifically for the purpose of finding a rider’s winning position. What is a dynamic fit bike? The properties that define a dynamic fit bike (at least in my opinion) are the following: It has a saddle, handlebars and pedals These are the ‘touch points’ of a [...]

How to find the perfect saddle

How to find the perfect saddle I am a firm believer that a cyclist shouldn’t have to suffer saddle discomfort.  Far too many people accept saddle discomfort as an inevitable part of cycling.  They put up with it and hope that they will ‘toughen up’ over time.  At best this approach leads to a reduction in the joy of cycling and at worst to permanent damage to bits you really don’t want damaged.  I believe it is possible for the vast majority of cyclists - or perhaps even all cyclists? - to find their perfect saddle. [...]

Measuring bikes is hard

Measuring bikes is hard! Measuring bikes is hard.  There always seems to be some bit in the way of what you want to measure.  A lot of the desired measurements are from or to the centre of something.  It can be difficult, if not impossible, to determine the exact centre of a complex shape.  Parallax errors can cause problems too.  It’s just plain hard to get exact, or even repeatable inexact bike measures. So why does this matter?  I have always been somewhat bemused by the all too common process where someone goes to the time [...]

Fit first, buy later

Fit first - buy later There is a mantra among most bike fitters that is along the lines of ‘fit first, buy later’.  Why do we say that?  Is it because we want to delay the gratification that is a new bike?  No, the real reason is that it is heart breaking to have to inform a client that the fabulous, efficient, comfortable position that we found together won’t work on their shiny new bike.  You know, the one that they have already fallen in love with!  (Not to mention spent a lot of money on.) [...]

The perfect crank length

So I've titled this article 'the perfect crank length' which is a bit misleading of me. I don't believe that there is one crank length that is perfect for every rider. Instead the best crank length for any given rider is a balance of a number of factors. In this brief article I am not aiming to reinvent the wheel. Rather I will very briefly touch on some of the information that’s out there and then explain how Winning Position can help you find the best crank length for you. On bike fitting forums and amongst [...]