Monday, October 1, 2007

More on Road Bike Posture

The accompanying picture is Jens Voight of team CSC. I have always liked his position on the road bike--hips rolled forward into the 'spilled-pelvis' position (described below), aerodynamic, back flat, head neutral, and comfortable reach to the bars. I suspect it's easy to set his bike due to his long femurs and long arms. He seems to be a natural for setting on a bike. His on-bike posture may serve as a model of what most of us should shoot for when setting up and riding a bike.


At October 2, 2007 11:41 AM , Anonymous Nathan Jolly said...

Thats great.
But, what do you consider the best methods of setting:
Saddle Height
Fore/After posn.
Handle Bar Reach

How does this vary between a TT setup and Road Bike.

Any thoughts would be great. I am a semi-permanent fiddler.

At October 2, 2007 2:29 PM , Blogger Joe Friel said...

NJ--The best thing you could do is have a bike fit done by a professional fitter for both road and TT bikes.

At October 16, 2007 9:06 PM , Blogger Java said...

This is super interesting Joe, I am also going to pass it on to some cycling friends!

At November 21, 2007 11:02 AM , Blogger Victor Jimenez, Bicycle Lab said...

Good articals. As a professional fitter my self I found one thing missing. Without knowing the story behind the riders pictured we cannot know if there may be some reason for rider 2 position. A good fit does not always look like Jens or Lance. A rider needs to be fit based on their particular training level, flexibility, current riding style, as well as numerous other variables. I propose that readers take Joe's advise and get a professional fit yearly. As you gain strength, flexibility, fitness your position on the bike can also change. Dont try and emulate what someone else looks like on the bike It is for your body not Jens or someone elses.

Keep up the great work

At November 23, 2007 10:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voigt is a very bad model for good bike position: he is the worst wobbler in the international peloton; he is quite unable to ride in a straight line.

Cheers, Halfwheeler

At December 13, 2007 2:53 AM , Anonymous David Tichy said...

Hi Joe...good post. I have been experimenting with this position and initially found that it got a stiff neck and shoulders after about 30 minutes of riding. I discovered that the secret to long term comfort was relaxing the hands, especially the thumbs. If I relax the thumbs and rest them on the top of the brake hoods (Campy)I can ride for hours in this position. But the soft hands do contribute to a less firmly controlled ride. Guess this may have something to do with Jens being a wobbler? I don't find this a problem in a situation were I am not riding in a tight pack and you can always tighten up your hand grip in a closer situation, which is a natural thing to do any way.

Cheers and keep those ideas coming David


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