Tag: Bike Fit

4 of 4 Part Series: Bars and Hand Position

Aaron Dunford – fusionpeak.com.au

When it comes to road racing drop handlebars there are three basic hand positions: on the tops, on the hoods or in the drops. Within those three positions there are an infinite number of slight variations determined by the size and shape your hand, the size and shape of the bar and hood and what is comfortable for the rider. Over the years the drop bar has seen many faces, from traditional rounded deep drops to modern compact drops with flat wing shaped tops.

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3 of 4 Part Series: Saddle Selection and Position

Aaron Dunford – fusionpeak.com.au

Choosing a saddle for your bicycle is a bit like choosing a pair of cycling shoes. The colours shapes and sizes are endless and I know for many of you it is important the saddle looks fast and matches your paint job. Although this is a terrible reason to purchase a saddle, I am sure it’s the basis of many saddle sales. It will make your bike look good but if you are at the back of the pack with a sore butt no one will see the saddle anyway.

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2 of 4 Part Series: Bike Fitting, Foot Support and Cleat Position

Aaron Dunford – fusionpeak.com.au

The most obvious variable in the foot support equation is the cycling shoe. They come in many different shapes, sizes and colours and can have soles of carbon fibre or plastic. Carbon fibre soles will provide a superior power transfer by minimizing shoe flex and foot deflection, especially while sprinting or climbing out of the saddle. Most uppers these days will be made from sophisticated synthetic materials that have good abrasion resistance and breath half decently. In regards to shape, some of the main differences will be the heel lift (the height of the heel when the toe is flat), the stack height of the toe from the sole and the width of the shoe.

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1 of 4 Part Series: Bike Fitting, The Art and Science

Aaron Dunford – fusionpeak.com.au

Bike fitting is the art and science behind positioning a rider on a bicycle, allowing them to achieve their personal cycling goals. Proper cycling position will maximise the enjoyment of any rider on any bike because the cyclist will feel SAFE and COMFORTABLE.

The perfect fit is comfortable. It facilitates efficiency of movement and the ability to generate power and speed. It allows you to easily breathe and deliver oxygen to your muscles. In the proper position on the right bike, you can effectively balance, stabilise and easily handle the bike: body and bike become one.

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