What is GURU bike fitting and what does it involve?

What is GURU bike fitting and what does it involve?

Bike fit is an incredibly important aspect of cycling. A poorly adjusted bike can lead to injuries and inefficiency, so having your bike set up for you is paramount. In recent years cycling has become increasingly popular, and you can now see cyclists, either in groups or on their own taking over British roads – you’ll no doubt be riding alongside them. With this drastic increase in the number of people taking up cycling, bike fit has never been more important, since this new popularity means that more and more cyclists are hitting the road without much knowledge of the sport. What does GURU bike fitting involve? Any bike fit involves a lot of small adjustments to your bike which aim to make your riding experience as comfortable and efficient as possible. Possible adjustments include the height of the saddle, height of the handlebars, how far forward the saddle is, and alignment of your cleats. GURU have created a way of finding out your perfect bike set up to ensure you have the perfect ride. The GURU system allows for adjustments to be made instantly because the rider is actively involved in the process. This means that, instead of being prescribed a ‘best position, based on a bell curve of average angles, changes are made on the fly with instant feedback. It’s this that makes the GURU system stand out from other bike fit systems. The vertical and horizontal positioning of the bars and saddle can both be changed remotely whilst the rider is still pedalling, and this means that the GURU machine, although very smart, is only effective...
The bucking bronco achieves fame

The bucking bronco achieves fame

Still not sure what that bucking bronco in the shop is actually for? Well, while we’re not ones to blow our own trumpets here at Ten-Point (Okay, okay, Brian is excluded from that statement…) we are very happy when someone else does a little trumpet blowing on our behalf! Just a few weeks ago Helen went to carry out a bike fit. She was filmed doing so and also interviewed….by Bikeradar! And they’ve put a little story online talking about the GURU Dynamic Fit Unit and the process they went through. It really is worth a watch if you’re even remotely interested in finding a comfortable position on a bike. You can find the article and video right here!...
Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 2

Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 2

In Part 1 we talked about the weight of bikes and the potential weaknesses that may exist in super-light carbon fibre race frames. Here we’ll look at where weight can be saved on a bike. If you do really want a light bike though, is a super-light frame the best option when we add in the considerations of strength and durability? Even if your goal is a bike very near the UCI limit of 6.8Kg, provided you’re not at the top end of the size scale riding a 61cm or XL frame, that should be easily achievable. Take this Time Skylon Aktiv (in the picture above). Time will never build the lightest bikes around because of their method of construction. It’s incredibly strong and durable consisting of bespoke woven carbon fibre tubes. It rides like a dream but does sacrifice a couple of hundred grams over the lightest frames out there. This is an XL frame. It’s their aero model, so everything is stacked against making it light. And yet fully built it’s 7.21kg with 55mm deep section aero wheels, standard chromoly Speedplay pedals (with longer spindles) and bottle cages. It’s hardly a porker. So how is it so light, even for a 6’4” Clydesdale like me? Well, the light-weight has been created by components rather than frame. Yes, components do make that much of a difference! Compare this to a ride buddy with a Canyon Ultimate CF SLX in XS size – the complete opposite end of the size spectrum. It’s also the lightest bike Canyon make, coming in at a claimed 790g frame weight. Everyone that has...
Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 1

Weight, it’s a heavy issue – Part 1

Bikes these days are getting lighter. The UCI limit for a ‘race’ bike may still be 6.8kg but it’s not difficult to build a bike lighter than that (and indeed that UCI limit may well reduce in the not too distant future), especially if you’re riding a bike that’s not at the top end of the size range. In fact, there have been bikes floating around the web more than 1kg lighter than that lower limit. But what are they sacrificing to get there and is a light frame the best starting point for a new build? While groupsets and wheels continue to reduce in weight, it’s frames where we’ve seen the biggest ‘gains’ in weight loss. It used to be that a sub-1kg frame was light, now we’re regularly seeing frames coming in below 900g and several even below 800g. It’s being driven by improved carbon fibre knowledge and usage, better manufacturing processes and market forces that say lighter is better. If you think back to the days of steel, manufacturers found it easy to market the differences in their frames with how they were made and the lug-work and so on. But then carbon came along and it became all about the weight. You might think this only applies to super-bikes, but it’s not. Even a Cannondale SuperSix Evo with Shimano 105 groupset features a 950g frame. And that’s a £1500 bike. If you’re willing to pay a bit more, then that SuperSix range tops out with the Evo Nano framset with a price of £3699 and a sub-700g frame weight. You’d think the likes of Storck...
What makes a great bike fitter? With Dan Empfield

What makes a great bike fitter? With Dan Empfield

Here’s the first in a series of short videos we shot with Dan Empfield while he was over at Ten-Point teaching the first of many F.I.S.T. bike fitting workshops. In this video, we ask Dan, “What makes a great bike fitter?” As ever with Dan, his answer my surprise you… Question time with the bike fitting Guru – Dan Empfield at Ten-Point in Buckinghamshire from Ten-Point on...
The confusing world of bike sizing

The confusing world of bike sizing

When you go to buy a bike, you could be forgiven for thinking that bike manufacturers all size their bikes in a similar way and that as the size goes up, so the bike gets larger. Sadly, this couldn’t be further from the truth for many manufacturers. Historically, bikes were sized a bit like clothing – Small, Medium, Large and so on. Some folks  actually gave (and in fact still do give) the sizes numbers, but exactly what that number correlates to can vary – some makers use the height of the bike, others use the length. It is, in simple terms, a bit of a mess. Dan Empfield, the father of the F.I.S.T. protocol of bike fitting, proposed a method of bike sizing based around Stack and Reach. Start by thinking of a bike and now overlay a rectangle on top of it. Place the bottom left corner of that rectangle at the bottom bracket (that’s the bit the pedals rotate around). You should now be visualising something a bit like this (see left): Point 1 is our starting point. The Stack of a frame is the distance from point 1 to point 2 while the Reach of the frame is the distance from point 2 to point 3, where point 3 is the centre of the headtube. Since both the height of the bike and the length of the bike are important in finding a frame that fits you, this makes a far better method of sizing a bike than simply an arbitrary figure for either the height of the seat tube or the length of the...
Dan Empfield talks bike fitting training

Dan Empfield talks bike fitting training

Regular followers of the blog will know that Dan Empfield was at Ten-Point this week. On Monday and Tuesday he delivered his F.I.S.T. bike fitting course for the first time outside of the US. With 8 students on the course, we had a fantastic two days learning from the master. Dan was full of amazingly interesting insights, in-depth learning and some wonderful stories from his years in the bike industry. Here is a short introductory video we produced with Dan while he was over explaining why he has partnered with us as his European training centre. Whether you are a dealer who is interested in bike fitting, or simply a cyclist interested in learning more about bike fitting, coming on one of these courses here, at Ten-Point in Buckinghamshire, is well worth it. If you’re interested, drop into the shop, call up or send us an email and Brian will get in touch. Over the coming weeks there will be more video clips from Dan’s visit, where we got chance to sit him down and ask him some questions, so stay tuned for...
F.I.S.T. dealer fitting course with Dan Empfield at Ten-Point

F.I.S.T. dealer fitting course with Dan Empfield at Ten-Point

We’re getting excited here at Ten-Point. Tomorrow Dan Empfield, the father of the F.I.S.T. protocol of bike fitting, arrives! He’s over for a few days to run a two-day course on F.I.S.T. bike fitting for some UK bike dealers who want to up skill their staff in the best bike fitting methods around. For those that have never heard of Dan, beyond his bike fitting knowledge, he is also credited with designing the first triathlon specific bike – the Quintana Roo – and the first triathlon specific wetsuit! He is the owner and manager of www.slowtwitch.com (probably the most popular triathlon specific website in the world) and in 2004 he was inducted into the Triathlete Magazine Hall of Fame. All three of our bike fitting staff, that’s Helen, Brian and Bryn, were trained over in the US by Dan and we are the European Training and Service Centre for the GURU Dynamic Bike Fitting System too.  That’s why Dan has partnered with us to run his European training courses from Ten-Point. All places on the course this time around are fully booked, but if you are interested in bike fitting, let Brian know and he will keep you updated with what is going on in the future. Keep your eyes on the blog for pics and a write up next...
Storck Aernario Platinum picks up top award

Storck Aernario Platinum picks up top award

Another week goes by and the Storck Aernario Platinum picks up another award. Not content with being Tour Magazine’s ‘best bike ever’, it has just walked off with the top spot in the Road.cc Superbike shootout 2014-2015. They said it was “light, stiff and comfortable” and it “sparkled on the climbs, flattering your abilities with a wind-behind-you feel”. High praise indeed! Ten-Point, for those of you that didn’t know, are a Platinum Storck dealer. Because of this, we have a fully built Aernario Platinum, running a dream build of Shimano Dura Ace Di2 and a Rotor 3D+ crank with Q-rings, in the shop. Why don’t you come on in and take a look at this beauty? Be careful though, to see it is to want it! If you’re interested in the Aernario but maybe can’t quite stretch to the lofty heights of the Platinum, then the Aernario G1 is almost identical. It gives away 100g in weight to its more illustrious stablemate, but otherwise the differences are hard to spot. Equally, if the Dura Ace Di2 build is not to your liking, don’t forget that we can build your dream bike with whatever components you most...
Advent activity challenge

Advent activity challenge

After the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to properly get into the advent season….by doing more exercise! That’s right, with the excesses of Christmas just around the corner, the advent challenge will give you a reason to get out and do some exercise everyday and who knows by the time the Chriistmas feast is laid before you, you might not feel quite so bad about the second helping of Turkey and roast potatoes! So what do you need to do? Simple really, either ride, run or swim a minimum of 30minutes each day from now until Christmas. Let us know each day what you’ve been up to on our community Facebook group Blackfish or join our Strava group and we’ll be able to keep track of what you’re up to. this way, we all get to keep each other motivated while the weather is poor and you don’t feel like going out...
BikeBiz announces new European partnership between Ten-Point and GURU Bike Fitting System

BikeBiz announces new European partnership between Ten-Point and GURU Bike Fitting System

If you’ve been into the shop recently you’ll have seen our new, awesome, incredible bike fitting machine – The Guru. It is taking pride of place in the shop because it is the future of bike fitting and we believe everyone should have the GURU Bike Fitting Experience. Our knowledge and experience of the F.I.S.T. fitting protocol developed by Dan Empfield and our background in biomechanics caught the eye of the Guru team in America who invited us to become their business partners in becoming their European Training and Service Centre of Excellence. Not only are we the only Advanced F.I.S.T. bike fitters in Europe we will also be training other UK and European dealers  in how to conduct bike fits using the Guru Bike Fitting System. To find out more, have a look at the press release over on BikeBiz from the link below… BikeBiz Press Release...
Ten-Point to become the First Storck Bicycle Studio

Ten-Point to become the First Storck Bicycle Studio

Ten-Point is to become the first Storck Bicycles  Studio. Customers will be able to view the complete road range of bicycles including the new road disc  bikes. Ten-Point is also the GURU European Training and Service Centre so it will be able to create any Storck Bicycle model and size in the GURUs virtual warehouse bike finder module. The official starting date will be announced...
Guru Bike Fit System now used by Cannondale Pro cycling Team

Guru Bike Fit System now used by Cannondale Pro cycling Team

Ten-Point,  GURU Bike Fit System’s European Training and Service Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce that Guru is now working with the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team as an official performance partner – providing each rider with the ultimate fit system and industry-leading fit science to drive results in competition. See the video and listen to some of the riders you will be seeing in then Tour De France 2014....
How to Find The Best Vibram Fivefingers For You

How to Find The Best Vibram Fivefingers For You

1. Put HP6 6BP in your satnav. 2. Find a convenient 1/2 hour that sits in our ‘drop-in’ times, Wed-Fri 10am-2pm and Sat 10am-5pm. 3. Pop over and put your feet into as many Vibram Fivefingers as you want. 4. Pick the brains of those who’ve transitioned into them and been wearing them, running in them, competing in them, living in them (even got married in them!) and advising on them since 2007. 5. Sift through the quagmire of opinion that surrounds the product, and let your feet do the talking. 6. If these are your first pair, choose them through the only tick-box that is important: Which Vibram Fivefingers ‘disappear’ on your feet? Which Vibram Fivefingers is so comfortable you simply don’t want to take them off? Which Vibram Fivefingers simply becomes a second skin to your amazing feet? These VFF Spyridons, after many 100s of miles training & coaching, trotted me round the 50 mile Cesear’s Camp Ultra last October – no blisters, no sore feet, no problems 😉 Welcome to our world – where feet get to be … well, feet … and our bodies are very happy for...
Triathlon – at 86, it’s clearly never too late

Triathlon – at 86, it’s clearly never too late

The GURU/Ten-Point Studio Tour Without any prompting, Lincoln hopped aboard the GURU Fitting Unit (GFU) and started pedalling.  Grabbing the moment, I pressed a few buttons and the GFU smoothly glided – saddle up and back, front end in and up. “Ah, that’s better” Gobsmacked, we took a picture …  Adopting the aero position, he continued “Is it like this?” Then “Can you make it harder?” Grinning, I dealt appropriately with the Computrainer resistance level! The wonderful thing about cycling and triathlon, is that they’re great levellers (how many times have you been overtaken by someone older/less svelte?!). And maybe because of that, great motivators too. My father-in-law Lincoln, aged 86, showed us all how it could be done … a youthful spirit, a touch of curiosity and a fancy for independence. He might yet beat me to Kona … 😉    ...
The Storck Has Landed

The Storck Has Landed

Voted best bike in the world by Tour Magazine, Feb 2013. Peer reviewed and placed at the top of their wish list March 2014. And it’s now here at Ten-Point waiting to be built, April 2014. Had to be done 😉...
What Winnie-the-Pooh knew about Cyclists

What Winnie-the-Pooh knew about Cyclists

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh  Case Study 1 Comfortable 3000km riding time post- F.I.S.T. road bike fit ✔  New pedals researched, bought, attached to bike, cleats attached to shoes (all DIY because cyclist is confident & competent ☺) ✔  30 minutes into next turbo session feel beginnings of pain in medial right knee ✘ Called to check if possible cause: altered Q factor? ✔ new cleat position? ✔ change in effective saddle height ?✔ some/all the above combined to modify ‘power to the pedal’ position AWAY from the optimum previously chosen ✔ Could this be you? No problem! We’ll set the fitting bike up at your previous chosen set-up and with your sparkly new pedals, we can check your position and your pedal action, making any appropriate adjustments on the fly.  Quick, easy and more productive than having multiple DIY guesses. Winnie-the-Pooh also said: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about...
Your Saddle’s (way) Too Low!

Your Saddle’s (way) Too Low!

Some road cyclists ‘get it’; some need some persuading before they ‘get it’; once they’ve ‘got it’ they pedal better and more easily and never go back … their initial problem being … ‘I want/need to be able to touch the ground without getting off my saddle’ The first time I heard this, I was somewhat taken aback.  The 2nd time I nodded with my eyebrows not quite as attached to my hairline as previously.  The 7th time I decided to write about it. The pros of begin able to touch the ground without shifting off your saddle are singular – and I’ve just written it. The cons are multiple, with the following list instantly springing to mind (and if I sat for a longer while, I’d probably come up with more!): your ascending knee is going to compress your hip joint your ascending knee will attack your breast bone if you dare to go anywhere near your drops if you can’t use your drops because of your overly-low saddle height, you’ve wasted your money on a road bike your ascending knee will need to go into an overly-flexed position, forcing sheering forces through the joint as soon as the downswing phase of the pedal circle starts; in time, after many repetitions, that’s going to hurt unless you’re Slim Jim, your ascending knee will give your belly a bumpy ride the compression of your hip joint forces a pelvic rotation backwards, giving your thighs more room, but creating a ‘Pink Panther’ position with your tail between your legs (there’s a whole other article on how saddle choice effects the...