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17
Aug

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

9
Jun

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

2
Jun

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

28
Jan

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

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20
Jan

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

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26
Mar

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

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25
Mar

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

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28
Feb

Simply Inspirational

It’s Friday, so if it’s not funny, then it has to be seriously inspirational. This was tweeted last Tuesday by @AhoySavaloy as a motivational reminder provided by @NorthoverDaniel Date of Photo: 12/10/13 Location: Kailua, Kona We just hope the effect was as positive at Kona as it was when we spotted it … totally inspired 🙂

27
Feb

The Triumph of Teamwork

You don’t have to be in the TdF to feel part of something special.  And you can take a ‘win’ from many angles – be it a never-before-completed-distance or a PB at a previous distance.  No matter what it is, and whether you compete as part of a team, or race solo but with your team emblazoned on your kit,

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26
Feb

Only Another Runner Would Understand

… this joy! Today we share a post from Trail Running Magazine UK: https://www.facebook.com/TrailRunningMag/posts/10152219072193788 Because sometimes a picture paints a thousand words … and gets us out there again 🙂    

25
Feb

Ssshhhh … it’s triathlon!

Rewind to 2012 and our first F.I.S.T. bike fitting course.  Dan Empfield, the Slowman of Slowtwitch, launched the discussion with the concept that in triathlon, specifically the bike section, the more successful athletes were essentially the ones who could whisper the loudest And whilst seasoned endurance athletes may well have embraced that idea, there are probably many swimmers, cyclists, runners,

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21
Feb

Fame & Stick-Men Autobiographies

Check Ten-Point out … our first appearance in Tri247! http://www.tri247.com/article_12536_Win+a+F.I.S.T.+bike+fitting+with+Ten-Point.html?region_id=&category= And because it’s Friday – and it has to be relevant – and tickle our fancy – we couldn’t help but share this stick-man cartoon, which turns out to be scarily, accurately autobiographical. And we PAY to do this?! 🙂  

19
Feb

Cyclists’ Problems: Pinched Perineums

Final (quick) thoughts on saddles … sore (often VERY SORE … or worse, numb) perineums … If you suffer, you’ll be reading.  If you don’t suffer and never have suffered, you’ll never understand.  Bit like a man trying to find an analogy to childbirth.  Simply not possible 😉 Solutions run along the lines of: Get a bike fit to find a

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18
Feb

Pedalling: Name & Shame the Saddle

If you’re not a Sick 🙂 Pedaller, is your saddle the culprit? Cycling is not an anatomical motion.  Cycling is entirely man-made.  So we need to be mindful of the possibility of biomechanics being horribly compromised, especially as we know the human frame is very adaptable.  You don’t need to look far to see how different work environments and sports

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17
Feb

Sick Pedal Action

The 2014 Winter Olympics have thankfully led to uber-cool, modern linguistics to get translated for us ‘older folk’.  No longer have we an excuse to get confused with ‘sick’ and ‘sick’. We’ve ‘got with the programme’.  To cap that progress, Triathlete Europe have spoken.  We’re all singing from the same song-sheet and the ‘pull’ of the pedal stroke is NOT

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14
Feb

And now for ‘something’ Triathlon

… Newtons, Bricks, Tapering, Slowtwitch, Swim Sets, Electrolytes, Caffeine, TSS, Watts, Fartlek, Carbon … all the chat, all the stuff we sweat over and care so deeply about  … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KTEgLKhjIw this … or this? It’s Friday, so it has to be funny 🙂

13
Feb

Strong enough to hold FORM?

So, you can swim/bike/run the distance you’re aiming for?  But can you hold form for the duration?  If the muscles you’re using for the activity have fatigued, but you’re still ‘at it’ … which muscles are you using?  The answer will be not the muscles you’re meant to be using, or the muscles designed for the job and certainly not

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12
Feb

Don’t Wait for Injury – Help Yourself Now!

Google joint problems associated with running, and you’ll see the words hips, knees, spine, ankles and big toes pop up straight away. Google joint problems associated with cycling, and you’ll find hips, knees, spine and feet/toes listed as common. One is weight-bearing and supposedly what we’re born to do.  The other is non-weight bearing with the same joints listed.  What on earth

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11
Feb

Speedplay Pedals & Wiggins’ Dodgy Knees

Yesterday’s Cycling News gave us an interesting snippet of information underpinning our own experiences and understanding of the relationship between knee pain and clipless pedals.  Bradley Wiggins’ defence of his Tour de France crown was scuppered last year with illness preceding a more serious ‘inflammation of the left knee’, and from the wording of the article, Team Sky are reportedly

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8
Feb

F.I.S.T. Bike Fit Results

So what do you want when you hand over hard-earned cash for a F.I.S.T. bike fit? Yes, if you were uncomfortable, and that discomfort was spoiling your ride-fun, then you’d want that improved. Yes, if you were in pain and that was stopping you ride, you’d want that sorted. But what you really want … what you really, really want … are: results … … power

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