Bike Fit



The Friday before the Round the Bridges I bought myself a new bike.  I wasn’t planning on buying a new bike just yet, my old Lemond is still fine for the type of riding that I’m doing at the moment, and after telling Chicken that she couldn’t have a carbon bike straight away it would be disingenuous of me to go out and buy myself a flash carbon bike straight away.  Unfortunately trade-me made a liar out of me and a sweet Cervelo S5 came onto the second hand market for a great price.  Chicken has just bought herself exactly the same bike, so I realised just how awesome this bike was. Jane and I discussed it and decided that it really was too good a deal to pass up.  Needless to say I now have a new to me Cervelo S5 sitting on the garage wall, in true second hand dad style its second hand, but as good as new.

The first time I took it out for a ride it was amazing, compared to my 10 year old Lemond it felt light and responsive, accelerating with ease and generally just feeling like it was electric 🙂  Still there was one small issue, and that was the fit, the bike just wasn’t set up correctly for me to be able to put all that (admittedly meagre) power down correctly.  The seat was way too high and the reach was too long as well.

I could have cut the seat post down and moved the seat forward to try and get a better fit, but I’m not a bike fitting amateur let alone professional so I made an appointment with David Bowden of Velogicfit here in Cambridge.  David has been fitting bikes for a number of years and is passionate about getting the correct fit for people to enjoy riding their bikes and get the best efficiency possible.  He is so passionate about it that he has started Velogicfit which provides bike fitting software to Cycle shops around the world.  There are three levels of bike fit, from the standard fit (coming soon) which takes your measurements using a camera and then gives the bike shop the adjustments that need to be made to your chosen frame.  The advanced fit takes more exact measurements and dials in the changes to your bike setup and finally the full shebang 3D fit, which uses 3D camera technology to measure leg angles and your posture on the bike to recommend specific changes to your bike to ensure that your position on the bike affords the best bio-mechanical transfer of power to the wheel.

The whole process took about 90 minutes and the bike now feels significantly different in terms of fit and I’m sure that I will see some improvement in times.  I’ll be sure to let you all know how I get on over the coming months.  You can read more about Velogicfit here or read some of Davids blog here – note due to the workload of starting a new business the blog hasn’t been updated in some time, however its a damn good read for any bike performance geeks.

Unfortunately there is still the little issue of riding carbon when I have spent the last two years telling Chicken about how she didn’t need one just yet, I guess I’ll just have to save it for the long rides and put some more miles in on the trusty Lemond…


Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with Velogicfit other than the fact that I like David and what he does, I paid for my bike fit and have not been asked to write this post.  (lets face it my readership isn’t big enough to warrant any kickbacks)