I came to you last summer for a coaching session which turned into a bit of a bike fit. The fit was amazing. (J.S)
Perhaps tempting fate, I’ve now purchased a touring bike. I recently had a bike-fitting session with Perfect Condition in Cambridge, which was really interesting. I needed a new seat post to allow me to set my seat two inches back to accommodate my longer-than-average femurs and to put my knees and feet at the proper angles. The improvement in my riding comfort is substantial, and I wonder what might have been different if I had had a decent bike fitting all those years ago. (R.dB)
(Read the full article by Roxanne de Beaux on the Cambridge Cycling Campaign website)
Today’s session was very informative and am excited to do some long rides with my new position! It definitely felt different on my ride back and I did spend more time on the drops already. (R.J)
Thanks for today’s [technique] session. It was enlightening and very, very useful … possibly the first and biggest missing keys because I think it’s the bicycle equivalent to the deep understanding that water will do everything it possibly can to keep you from drowning … if you work with it and do what it wants! (E.J)
Wow, I’ve finally managed to get back to you about getting some sessions in. … I’ve been on the bike quite a bit and the bike fit has been great. I feel a lot more comfortable and stable on it. So thank you for that. (Z.P)
Tim Williams from Perfect Condition (www.perfectcondition.ltd.uk) has been key in helping me with these drills and I’ve had a few invaluable one to one sessions with him as well as religiously attending his weekly technique session with the tri club. (L.G)
Just a quick email to thank you for helping me with my bike at my bike fit on Thursday 11th April. It was a really interesting few hours and I learnt a lot. I’ve now had several rides out and although I’m still adjusting to the changed position (and consciously applying a smoother pedal technique) I’ve noticed many improvements already.
I’ve had next to no saddle discomfort (bliss!); I feel more relaxed and stable on the bike; and I can feel that I’m engaging a wider range of muscles and can apply more power to accelerate. I’ve had some very successful rides, which is fantastic. (C.M)
I’ve done several rides (5) of varying length and intensity (including the local chain gang) with the new position. It is great, the 130mm stem feels so good. Being stretched out makes so much sense, overall it works very well and I am definitely faster and more comfortable. (P.W)
G says you are the best swimming coach he has ever had….do you do lessons either on group or one to one basis? (M.C)
You supplied my wife and me with a bike fit back in April, it has made a huge difference to our riding comfort, flat speed and cornering speed. (S.R)
J has improved more than we thought possible, since he has been doing your sessions, so we are v keen for him to continue training with you . (B.B)
I can’t thank you enough for the cumulative help, over some time, in the art of going downhill ! There were enough really technical and fast stretches during the Etape to add to the challenge such that without confidence in handling the bike the whole thing would have been a nightmare! (C.D)
You did a bike fit for me a few years ago. It’s been so good I haven’t varied it a millimetre since. I’d like now to get the same bike set up for TT. (N.H)
She said that she hasn’t felt that good on a run for a long time, and that she felt the new technique really helped her breathing and kept her relaxed. Normally she ends up with a stitch or being sick, but not today. So many thanks for all your coaching and support (R.L)
Your work on descending is indeed transformative. It’s a bit of surprise that even in the gentle slopes of the Tour of Cambs L and I can take so much out of the big blokes by really committing to the descents – shame we had to slow to a stand still on the corners as everyone shouts “Turn” and “slowing” as if taking any pace at all into the turn would kill us all. (A.K)
Earlier this year, I had a bike fit done. It has helped immensely, I can push harder for longer without any pain anymore in my hamstrings. (H.V)
You fit my old bike last year, as I was preparing for Ride London (which I successfully completed, whilst loving every pedal stroke) (K.J)
Just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you again for the bike fit. I’ve ridden the bike a few times now, including a 100m sportive yesterday and I’m convinced the more relaxed position you’ve put me in has made a huge improvement and really helps me to maintain my effort. Riding in the drops is now the default position. Moving the cleats has also had a very positive effect.
I have to say, there’s clearly no replacement for experience, and I’d never have arrived at this configuration, however many on-line guides I’d read! It took you 2 min of watching me to know what to change. (P.H)
Having done 2 rides since the changes, I had zero pain or weight on the hands and felt much more comfortable on the bike so many many thanks. This is the first time I have can say I have this little pressure on my arms. I am also going quicker due to the more stretched position which is a real bonus!! (P.R)
You helped me out a couple of months ago with a bike fit.
I just wanted to let you know that all pain in my lower back has gone and I successfully completed my 100 miler on the hottest day of the year a couple of Sundays ago!
Many thanks for your help – Oxford to Cambridge now booked for September! (S M)
I had a bike fit with you on the 22nd May. The fit was brilliant, I got the 11cm stem as you suggested and completed my 100 mile ride. I am now faster and completely free from back and hand pain. In a word the service you provided was superb! (A.J)
My boyfriend recently visited you for a bike fitting and was really impressed with the difference you made to his riding. (E.S)
Thanks again for your time a month back. The bike is going great. (B.M)
My back ache has gone and the saddle is more comfortable. (M.L)
Just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying cycling since you did the bike fit for me a few weeks back. Not sure what sorcery you carried out exactly (!) but cycling has since started rapidly heading towards being my favourite of the 3 triathlon disciplines and I seem to be regularly averaging a good couple of mile per hour faster on some of the regular rides I do. Also did my first middle distance event last weekend with the bike being my best section by far. No aches and pains and amazingly comfortable.
So thanks very much – best £90 I’ve ever spent. (J.W)
Just wanted to thank you for your time yesterday. Really got lots out of the session and the Specialized felt much better for last nights Chainy. I couldn’t tell you exactly why but the fact that I got off without any pains anywhere (other than tired legs….) speaks for itself. (B.B)
You did a bike fit for my friend not so long ago and he has recommended I seek your assistance (P.A)
Thought I’d drop you a line, I finally got out at on Saturday for my first ride since our session, did about 20 miles at a reasonably high intensity, and my first impression is that I am absolutely delighted!
I felt comfortable, powerful and stable, not a peep from the niggly knee or my pelvic scarring, and yesterday and today have been getting a bit of feedback from my glutes and hamstrings, showing that the new position has activated a couple of new groups. Thanks again for the session, feels like time and money well spent! (I.R)
The bike was perfect, the ride happened to be one run at a gentle speed and I had been on the drops for ages before I realised that I was looking throughmy glasses. I kept up with the strongest rider on a gentle ascent that I usually find rather hard work. I was on the drops. It was comfortable. When I reached the end of the ride, I was certain that I felt better than before. (S.H)
Thank you for your expert advice, (S.C)
You did a bike fitting for me some time ago, on two Argon 18 bikes.
The road bike feels great, I am well impressed with how much better it all feels. I am still feeling a bit saw [sic] in the hands after a long ride, but not too bad.
The highlight is how much better my legs feel, it’s half the pain, and no more clicking knee.
So thanks for your great work! (J.R)
Wow even on the way home that seat position just felt so much more comfortable ! Big change as it really felt so different to before. Going over bumps was smoother and too. Thanks very much indeed, should have done this ages ago! (G.V)
Everything is good, I’m starting to feel the benefit already, especially in push phase of the stroke. Now, I just need my fitness to improve a bit! I’m really enjoying the new position, especially the feel of the bike through fast corners, being a bit further back has definitely improved handling. (L.M)
I wanted to let you know that as it’s been a few weeks since you carried out the bike fit for me I have to say that it’s now more like sitting on a sofa than on my bike! I’ve really taken to the new position, pretty much immediately in fact, so thanks again Tim – a job well done. (J.W)
Thanks for the fit yesterday I can’t believe the difference riding home last night. I was so much quicker with less effort and last night I could feel the muscles in the backs of my upper legs which I never have before so like you said I am now using the whole of my legs instead of just my thighs. Now can’t wait to get out on it in Norfolk. Many thanks again and will highly recommend your services (S.J)
Hope this email finds you well and thanks again for the time trial bike set up. Still racking up the miles and loving every second! (W.S)
Just completed Étapes du Dales today. This is a brutal 180km, 3000m. On road bike, and happy to report that riding position reaping rewards.
Thanks, another happy convert! (V.S)
I’m extremely happy with the bike fit I had on my trek bike a couple of months ago, it feels perfect. I’ve just bought a new carbon bike that I intend to use as summer bike and keep the trek for winter, and although the shop offered a bike fit I would rather book one with you. (R.S)
I’m guessing this will come as little surprise that the setup is great. I’m happy on the drops all day, only coming up for a change of position or to be more visible. Certainly appears to have given me more energy too presumably as I’m created less lactate now that I’m not tense. I also love the saddle. Really comfy. So thanks so much for your expertise. For me money well spent and a great way to pamper myself on my birthday. (R.M)
just been out on road bike for a quick 52km loop, up around the hills to the south of Cambridge. Thigh muscles not screaming, and overall total leg plus buttock usage much improved, more balanced. Quite impressive actually, at least a 10% improvement in overall speed, and a higher cadence now much easier too. Relaxed upper body. Totally awesome. (V.S)
Hope you are well! Just thought I would drop you a quick email to thank you for my recent bike fit. I have started to get a few rides in now after treatment for my injury finished and am building up time in the saddle. All is going well and my position is so much better than before, I feel very comfortable on the bike. I am now certain my previous set up must have contributed to my injury. It’s still early days yet but I have been surprised by how I feel at the end of rides and also by how well I am riding, for me. Considering the time off the bike and injury, I thought I would be really struggling to get back in shape but have been very encouraged thus far! Thanks very much again for all your help and advice and I will definitely be back to see you (C.S)
Thank you for my bike fit yesterday. I went out for a short spin today and rode all 26 miles on the drops. I never thought it could feel so natural. Even in side winds (which I hate!) I felt fine! (R.S)
Thank you for setting my bike up a few weeks back. I cant believe how much nicer it is to ride now. (S.M)
It was great to meet you. I hope I learned a lot! New pedal position is much more powerful, even in a light headwind. (E.W)
I spent 90 minutes on the turbo today and noticed I was pushing put on average 7 more watts. I was seated at the rear of the saddle and didn’t once drift. I made an conscious effort to flatten out my lower back – I think that will take time. (S.C)
Thanks again for the bike fit. I’ve been really enjoying the new setup. (P.G)
For now, I seem to be doing well with the setup you arranged for me. I managed to complete the London-Edinburgh-London ride as planned in just under 100 hours, so well within the 5 days allowed. No problems, other than some general knee aching from day 3 onward, and most importantly no repeat of the Achilles injury. I’ve certainly felt more comfortable and in control since the bike fitting – so thanks again for all your help! (P.R)
[My trip has] has brought home to me just how good my own bike fitting is as I am finding the descents a little more taxing on the hired bike. So many thanks for the bike fitting (some time ago now) … will be bringing my own bike next time! (P.M)
Belated email to say thanks for the bike fit in January. It’s made a massive difference to the enjoyment I get out of the bike, and I’ve been going out on longer and longer distances at the weekends. (P.M)
Thanks for the bike fit I have done some big rides and find it easier to see where I am going and don’t have so much neck pain but it’s still there. the bike feels more stable and seams to take bumps better with less shock through my body so over all its much better. (P.D)
I thought I should give you an update since it’s been a couple of weeks. I’ve gotten used to the new position, it definitely feels like I’ve got more power and space when I’m cycling and I do a lot less adjusting of my position, whilst riding. So that’s all good.
As we thought the knee pain hasn’t completely gone but I can do about 20miles now compared to the 5 before, which is a definite improvement. (R.H)
Thanks for a very enjoyable and informative afternoon, I learned a great deal listening to you whilst you tweaked the bike to get the perfect setup for me. I rode up the busway to St Ives and back on the ‘way home’ and was delighted that I could maintain the aero position comfortably and felt balanced and confident on the bike which is fantastic. It feels like a completely different bike to the one I wobbled over to you on and even more of a bargain! (S.H)
I am sorry I didn’t have time when we briefly saw one another on Saturday morning to say thank you for the bike fit. It has made a real difference: much less strain in the arms and far more comfortable on the drops and in the tuck on the hoods you showed me. (S.M)
Following the fit I went for 3 short rides (10-15 miles) and then rode a 210k Audax on the Saturday.
The three shorter rides were just to allow me to adapt to the new position and relearn how to change gear, brake etc. On all three rides I was able to ride on the drops for the whole ride without any significant discomfort although I did feel the increased stretch in my lower back.
The Audax ride was the most interesting and is probably best dealt with in the order of hands, feet, neck, back and bum!!
One of the problems I was experiencing was numbness in my left hand which on longer rides meant that my little and ring fingers were numb for three to four days after the ride.
On the Audax ride I rode on the drops and the tops and did not experience any hand numbness whatsoever.
Previously I was getting severe hot foot in my left foot. For the Audax ride I experienced some hot foot in both feet but this was resolved by loosening my shoes slightly (it was a very hot day). I then had some minor hot foot issues in both feet later in the day but this was resolved by using the pedaling exercise you showed me. Given the severity of the left foot problems I was having I felt this was an excellent improvement and supports my hypothesis that I need some shoes that are slightly wider than my current shoes.
I am still experiencing problems with neck stiffness but I do think ths is due to the fall I had some months ago. During the Audax ride I had no trouble keeping my head up to see where i was going and any discomfort that developed dissappeared completely during the frequent water breaks we had on the ride. i.e. it took another 50k of riding before I started feeling neck discomfort again.
I did start to experience a lot of lower back discomfort (muscles stretched beyond the point of previous usage) which became problematical just before we stopped for lunch at the 120k point. (Problemetical means the discomfort couldn’t be ignored). This was completely resolved when we started off again after lunch, made a brief reappearance during the afternoon but had disappeared completely by the end of the ride. I can also happily report no after ride consequences upto this morning. As this was something I though could be a significant problem for me I am very pleased at the outcome.
Similar to my back in that I was experiencing some left sit bone discomfort by lunch time. However in the afternoon this subsided but did not completely disappear but was matched be almost equal discomfort in the right sit bone. Given the very different riding position you put me in I was expecting some saddle discomfort on the Audax ride so was pleasantly surprised that by the end of the day it was relatively mild. When I checked at home the contact points around my sit bones were in a very different location to my previous position and that the swelling around my left sit bone was only marginally larger than around the right. Previously it has been 3-4 times larger!!
I can also report that I didn’t experience any knee discomfort. In my previous position the saddle height was always marginal as minor movements up and down caused some discomfort in either my left or right knee.
Riding a 210k Audax so soon after being put in a radically different riding position was always going to be a big ask so I am delighted with the comparatively few issues I encountered. I think quite a lot of adaption happended during the Audax ride and that this bodes very well for the future. I now anticipate being able to complete the Mildenhall 300k Audax on the 23rd August without having to ride the last 50k out of the saddle . (S.L)
I’m picking up a new bike today and would like you to fit it for me – you fitted my current bike for me so beautifully that I wouldn’t trust anyone else to do it. (Z.B)
My knees are gradually getting better. I’ve been doing a lot of stretching and I think my right side is just a bit tense. The bike feels super comfortable though, so definitely can’t be that causing it anymore. I managed a 40+ miler at the weekend with only a bit of pain in the last couple of miles before home so that’s a definite improvement. (R.H)