My view

Cycling Weekly - - TECH - Giuseppe Gian­nec­chini

“My father was a Gi­mondi fan and wanted to have ex­actly the same Bianchi that Felice used to ride. Geome­tries and ma­te­ri­als have changed but it’s al­ways been the way.

“I al­ways in­vite peo­ple to try to look fur­ther than the mar­ket­ing and ask: ‘Is the bike suit­able for me and my type of rid­ing?’ The an­swer to the ques­tion, ‘Is Chris Froome’s ge­om­e­try suit­able for my body?’ can be, ‘Po­ten­tially yes, why not?!’ Talk­ing about ag­gres­sive rid­ing, and pro ver­sus am­a­teur po­si­tions re­ally doesn’t make sense. We all need to pedal in our own bio-me­chan­i­cally cor­rect po­si­tion. Once that is achieved the ad­just­ments between a novice and a pro’s needs are min­i­mal. Com­fort and per­for­mance go hand in hand.

“We need to be very care­ful when buy­ing a bike be­cause we are all dif­fer­ent. I may well have sim­i­lar pro­por­tions to Froome but do we both have the same pelvic flex­i­bil­ity? There are many as­pects to con­sider; I might suit Mikel Landa’s ge­om­e­try in­stead.

“De­ter­min­ing which frame geome­tries are suit­able for our bod­ies, with a proper bio-dy­namic fit­ting ses­sion be­fore the pur­chase, is fun­da­men­tal to avoid­ing costly, un­com­fort­able, per­for­mance-re­strict­ing and even dan­ger­ous mis­takes.”

“A bike-fit might tell you to drop your front end 40mm and raise your sad­dle 30mm. That’s huge and I would say we’re not go­ing to get there now, we’re go­ing to go 10mm a week. We’re go­ing to ride 50 miles in that po­si­tion and not feel any aches and pains and feel like it’s bet­ter.”

How­ever, Burt ex­plains that what might be con­sid­ered too ag­gres­sive for one type of cy­cling might be ac­cept­able, de­sir­able even for an­other.

“There’s a sweetspot for ev­ery­body and it’s dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­body. What some peo­ple do is they find a re­ally fast po­si­tion in a wind tun­nel or by aero test­ing and it

can be re­ally fast but if you move out­side it ev­ery three sec­onds it’s not aero. It de­pends on the length of the events. If it’s a four-minute pur­suit you can be re­ally un­com­fort­able if you can tol­er­ate it. If it’s a 50-mile time trial I would in­vest a lot in com­fort and sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Bike-fit is an ex­act sci­ence

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