Three wasp stings (all in one week, a forearm like Popeye's and a granny ankle), a holiday (www.sailingholidays.com = sailing for numpties and great fun and more laid back than a GPM10 trip if that's possible), a baby (congratulations Phil and Donna), new school shoes for the kids and the summer is behind me; long awaited and over all too soon – not like when we were kids though, eh? Talking of kid’s shoes I made some Sidas Footbeds for my ten year old daughter, her feet are very flexible and she was in some discomfort when running or walking a lot. I consulted Mick Habgood the podiatrist at Balance Physio who demonstrated to me how crap Converse trainers are. He scrunched one up against a wall to illustrate the lack of support provided to the rear of the foot. On a child with flexible feet not only does the foot bend at the forefoot but also just in front of the ankle pushing the navicular into the gound which can cause bruising and reduced blood flow - and discomfort. So those of you who have sporting ambitions for your kids make sure their shoes look after their feet and that they are well supported.
Laurent Fignon has passed away but I did not realise how young he was (50)when I used to watch him in his prime I assumed he was much older. His autobiography is an insightful read with lots of illegal substances consumed on and off the bike.
Talking of which, Phil is now a father for the first time at the ripe old age of 48, which apparently is a good time to have a baby as middle aged men are up visitng the bathroom two or three times in the night anyway. We sometimes ring eachother at four in the morning while he waits for the Formula to warm up....
We’ve ducked out of the bike shows though, it is too busy at Cyclefit to mince around in Friedrichshafen and Phil’s got his little one to look after; his eyes are set deep and his hair is wilder than normal but he’s enjoying the experience. His new Legend SE frame still hangs on the wall since its arrival in the spring I can’t see it moving far now, perhaps he’s waiting for the new 2012 Campag Super Record….
The Cyclefit Fondo is only two weeks away and we would love to ride it with you, well at least some of it as we're both a bit out of shape now, fitness is harder to get and easier to lose these days. It all depends on how many helpers we can get together - must speak to the wife.... Three commutes this week, the first ride felt odd after the lay-off the second a bit better and by the third I was worn out. I’ll keep riding through the winter but no Cyclocross racing for me, too many balls in the air I’m afraid with Cyclefit, Trek Fit Services and a seldom seen family.
Jon Iriberri our Spannish bike fitting friend spent two weeks with us in August, his knowledge is immense and his enthusiasm infectious. He was employed by the Basque government until recently to ‘bike-fit’ the Euskatel Euskadi riders and now works for himself and fits most of the Casse d’Epargne team. His regular exposure to 58kg riders had not prepared him for many of our clients and we had to discourage him from telling them ‘they had too much ‘mass’ for such a low handlebar position’. His obsession with hamstring tension while pedalling nearly got him in trouble a few times when he would press his fingers into a client’s buttocks while they were pedalling on the turbo, male, female, young or old he did not discriminate. It was possible though to feel the difference between left and right and give an indication why a rider’s hip may be dropping on the down stroke.
John’s Tips: Lowering your handlebars too much may destabilise your pelvis and power output will be adversely affected. Too much dorsiflection of the foot can destabilise the knee. The kinetic chain runs from your toes to your finger tips and adjusting your handlebars can affect your pedalling dynamics. Foot stability is everything (told you) The bike should be designed around the rider’s centre of gravity for a balanced ride (I think we’ve mentioned this). If you have a big arse you need a big saddle (generally). Retul sucks
John Mullineux of LondonCycleSport.com dropped by with some hardcore Belgian Cyclecross DVD’s for Kimberly (strange woman)the other day and commented how riders he had met recently that had been fitted by Cyclefit do not appear to have their handlebars as high as they used to. We haven’t changed the way we fit, but I do think that people are becoming more accustomed to how a well fitted bike should look; at least we like to think so.