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

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 [...]

Twisted

Twisted: Tackling pelvic asymmetry in bike fitting Humans are designed asymmetrically. Specifically, more than 90% of both males and females present with a forward rotated right side of their pelvis and a backward rotation of their left pelvis. The (possible) causes Many theories have been posed. One theory suggests that the twist starts in the human embryonic stage of development when the placement of our vital organs commences.  The heart, stomach, spleen and pancreas all lay towards the left. The gall bladder and liver are on your right. Our left lung has 2 lobes or sections, whilst [...]

What’s in a bike fit?

What's in a bike fit? So what should you expect when you come for a Winning Position bike fit? A bike fit at Winning Position takes between two and a half to three hours and consists of several components. 1. We talk The first part of the session is spent discussing your goals both as a cyclist and also what you are looking to get out of the fit. These goals are usually one or more of the following: comfort, injury prevention or management and performance aspirations. The purpose of this discussion is for me to [...]