Getting your bike position right is a no brainer for comfort, injury prevention and general enjoyment, but even more so when you are planning a ride which lasts for days, or even weeks.
I’m cycling from London to Tunisia this June on a Ribble Gravel Ti Hero which will take me a fair few days (15+) so what better opportunity to delve into the world of bike-fitting first-hand and sort out a few of my niggles? Palm and feet numbness are high on the list.
Bike-fitter Lee Endres works at Bicycle in Richmond (which you may have heard of thanks to its excellent reputation and link with YouTuber Francis Cade) and is happy to give me a better understanding on the topic.
He worked at Giant for five years before moving into bike-fitting and is keen to share how bike-fitting has progressed over the years.
‘Bike-fit used to be more about looking at numbers, computers and technology rather than actually looking at the individuals,’ says Endres.
‘It used to be a case of applying exactly what you see on the computer rather than actually looking at the rider and seeing it from that side too. There was also a case of fitting the rider to the bike and telling them to go home and stretch. At the end of the day If you don’t stretch now, you are probably never going to.’ Long distance vs everyday riding
I’m keen to understand whether there is any difference between a bike-fitter’s approach for a long-distance rider […]