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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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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.... read more
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... read more
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 … 😉    ... read more
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 😉... read more
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... read more
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... read more
Slowtwitch Goggle Tour

Slowtwitch Goggle Tour

… without the Goggles! Slowtwitch Goggle Tour … here at Ten-Point until April … minus the Goggles, but proudly supporting Pool-Mate … and all our customers! Bonkers?  Here’s the story … Slowtwitch.com is the most widely read magazine worldwide by those who do triathlons.  Dan Empfield is its publisher.  In his words: We are atypical in our competitive set because we not only speak to roughly 700,000 to 800,000 unique visitors a month, we also speak regularly, and often, to the relevant retail channels:  bike and run mostly, swim to some degree.  Over the last year we have begun to host “tours” and these are virtual tours, where we bring our readers … to a particular retail outlet at a specified time to experience a class of products that require a tactile experience before a proper buying decision can be made …  It’s hard to test saddles over the internet.  It’s hard to know what goggle will seal well by looking at a catalog picture. Sensible, eh?  Customers visit shops to ‘try before they buy’, shops have conversations with real-life customers and an opportunity to build relationships and help their customers, participating manufacturers get ‘head-lined’ at no marketing cost to themselves.  It’s a win-win-win plan. You think? Isn’t the general consensus that we’re ‘a bit’ behind the States over here in the UK?  Customer Service is King in the States.  But in the UK, it doesn’t even seem to make it onto the chess board.  When the UK arm of the US ‘featured partners’ of the Goggle-Tour were approached, I wouldn’t say ‘disinterested’ was an accurate description to their response.  I think... read more
My Guts are Made of the Universe

My Guts are Made of the Universe

3 minutes.  That’s all it takes to be inspired.  Actually, he had me after a few seconds, once I discovered that my atoms come from the same stuff as stars, and the universe is in me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU So moan, groan, let it all out … then remember your guts are made of sterner stuff than you think … connect, be relevant and get out and PARTICIPATE... read more
Simply Inspirational

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... read more
The Triumph of Teamwork

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, to feel as if you ‘belong’ to something really is special. We believe The BlackFish are special.  These 4 girls pulled me round that Cycletta course, when I was the weak link.  I hung onto Christine’s wheel as we stayed in our train of 4, with Sandra and Alli alternating taking the lead (and the wind!).  With Caroline’s Overall Win + our Team Time, we placed 1st Team. I’ve never won a race in my life – and as a soloist, I’m unlikely to.  On my own, I simply don’t ‘bother’ enough!  But in that team, there was BlackFish Team Pride at stake.  My performance mattered to me more – as a fifth of that team – than it ever has done when I’m on my own.  I just didn’t want to let the side down. That event was much more than the win … it was the ‘working together’ that added to the memory bank … that, a great photo and a loaf of sliced bread in the post-race goody bag!  The only thing that was missing was a podium and Victoria Pendleton … but I know she’d have been impressed if she’d been there and not just part of the marketing blurb 😉... read more
Only Another Runner Would Understand

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 🙂  ... read more
Ssshhhh … it’s triathlon!

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, triathletes, duathletes – and not just the beginners – who haven’t even come across it. It’s self-explanatory, but perhaps needs a little expansion for that ‘lightbulb moment’. Whether the event goes from A to B, or starts at A and returns to A, and the distances in-between are far or take more than a couple of hours, then you’re in the endurance arena Welcome to our world 🙂 Let’s take long distance triathlon as the example, as the workload involved creates an appropriate perception of having to approach the event with the view to not attacking it at maximum effort from the starter klaxon! You need to swim a long way, then cycle a very long way, then run a marathon.  Therefore the event is all about pacing, spreading your energy expenditure over the day (for all but pros or the fastest age-groupers) and being efficient … in all the disciplines! It’s no good being a fast but inefficient swimmer, getting out of the water in the front pack but dying half way through the bike …  because you’ve still got a marathon to get through.  It’s no good blasting the bike because ‘that’s your best discipline’ for the exact same reason.  And it’s not fun to walk the marathon (see... read more
Turbo-Drip-Tips

Turbo-Drip-Tips

Dripping onto your turbo? Hard-won evidence of your dedication to training and the challenge you’ve set yourself? Yes – without doubt. Contraptions to protect your steed from your hard-won drips?  A ‘nonsense’ say some.  They vary from fancy to basic, but whether you choose to protect your bike from the sweat actually making contact, or whether you prefer to wipe down after the event, be proactive in some form or other. Sweat is corrosive.  Those salty drips, drip after drip, aren’t beneficial to the life of those triangles of metal you spent your hard-earned cash on. The workshop reported an incidence last week of a front wheel being in situ for so long, in the line of fire from an incessant sweat drip, that when the bike was finally removed from the turbo and taken outside for a spin, an alloy spoke nipple snapped off – totally corroded! Similar corrosion has been seen in headset bearings. An extreme case is the actual snapping in half of a handlebar!  Admittedly, it was an extreme turbo’er, who’d sweated hard and long, but it just goes to show how deleterious drips of sweat can be. Catch it – or wipe it... read more
Fame & Stick-Men Autobiographies

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?! 🙂... read more
Cyclists’ Problems: Pinched Perineums

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 better riding position – maybe all you need to do to reduce the pressure on the perineum is adjust the position of the front end relative to the saddle? Get a saddle fit to try out lots of different shapes under your perineum, to find one that ‘fits’ better. Change the chamois in your cycle shorts (in our experience, and perhaps counter-intuitively, less works well.  Having raced Ironman in tri shorts, it can be all you need and often the ‘standard cycle short padding’ pushing up into the perineum is half of the problem!) Try chamois cream if you haven’t already... read more
Pedalling: Name & Shame the Saddle

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 activities inflict characteristic ‘body shapes’ on their owners. Pro cyclists are no exception with their leaning towards a banana-shaped body, with a forward head, rounded shoulders (sometimes even ‘humped’!) and tail-bone tucked under.  Not a great look if that’s not how you earn your living! We are a skeleton first, then we’re all about muscle activity.  Without the bones, we’re jelly.  The muscles move the bones according to the start position of the bones (posture).   Bones get us poised, muscles get us busy.  When the bones are in the ‘right’ place, the muscles will react to move the joint through an instantaneous axis of rotation;  this is a joint’s ‘happy place’ When the bones aren’t in the ‘right’ place, the muscles will react (because you’ve asked them to!) but the joint won’t/can’t rotate happily.  Additionally, if the bones aren’t poised for biomechanical excellence, the muscles can’t respond in kind.  Let’s prove it … (humour me – it’s not rocket science!) Stand up and ‘mime’ a cycling position; now pretend you’re riding a bike with one leg. Start with your ‘habitual ride position’.  What does it feel like? Now imagine your butt cheeks are head-lights, and stick them on full-beam, and single-leg pedal again.  Does that feel different? In the 1st position, is your... read more