In Ep.7 I interviewed legendary coach, CEO of Peaks Coaching Group, co-founder of Training Peaks software, co-founder of WKO software, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter and co-author of Cutting Edge Cycling, Hunter Allen.Â Yes, this is still the BikeFit Podcast so why did I interview a coach? As a matter of fact, Hunter strikes a chord with many bike fitters and cyclists who recognize the crossover between the two practices. For any cyclist to reach their goals, a proper and full fit allows them to reach their potential and it(bike fitting) can be ruled out as a factor hindering performance (Hunter talks about this in the pod).
In Ep. 6, I was invited by renowned bike fitter Happy Freedman from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to join a talk with a group of fitters from around the country where he attempted to answer the question, âWhat is bike fitting?â In our conversation, some of the visiting fitters from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kansas get the opportunity to share their thoughts and ask Happy questions about fit. He describes the current state of bike fitting, where he feels the focus should be and the future of fitting.
In Ep. 5, I speak with CEO and founder of G8 Performance, David Lee. He is a consummate foot specialist who’s been running an orthotic insole company for 7 years. He focuses on on the foot as a microcosm of its own rather than the belief that the “foot is just a lever.”
We discuss the dangers of current footwear, how they significantly impact and injure the feet and the imperative need to promote movement and blood flow within the foot during any type of athletic activity.
In Episode 4, I spoke with professional fitter and elite trainer, Jerry Gerlich.Â When we connected for our pre-meeting, I sincerely wanted to describe Jerry as the “MacGyver” of bike fitting with his cavalcade of intricate and sometimes odd tools and his solution-focused philosophy that endeavors for answers in non-traditional formats, but as we traversed his bike fitting journey, two main topics arose: watch and listen.
Part 3 and the final part of our series on saddle height in bike fitting continues with an interview with the founder of BikeFit, Paul Swift.Â We refer to these regular episodes as “Paul’s Corner” where he not only weighs in on our previous podcast topics but expounds upon what he perceives in the world of cycling and specifically with bike fitting.Â Â
In Episode 2, Damon interviews Dr. Rodrigo Bini of Latrobe University in Australia. He is one of the leading researchers in bike fitting in the world and also is one of the editors and authors of “Biomechanics in Cycling.”
Dr. Bini discusses his research on saddle heightÂ and how much it actually needs to be changed to impact oxygen uptake or force output. He delves into the research on static vs. dynamic fitting adjustments and also explains fitting technology and its use in the world of bike fitting. Prepare to geek out with one of the leading researchers in the field!
Saddle height is an often debated topic in cycling and there are multiple methods used to establish it.Â The questions raised today are part of our first 3 episodes delving into this ubiquitous topic.
Professional bike fitter and BikeFit Pro Tom Wiseman of Cycling Solutions joins BikeFit for a candid conversation on how he establishes saddle height, the importance of fit in the process, and the factors you should look for to see if your saddle is in the wrong position.