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Bike Fit: Optimise your bike position for high performance and injury avoidance

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This practical guide, written by a leading BIKE FIT expert, takes you step-by-step through the BIKE FIT process – to ensure you maximise your cycling potential.
Do you suffer from lower back pain after a long weekend ride? Do your shoes wear out on one side more than the other? Are you experiencing numbness in your hands, or knee pain?
Phil Burt, Head Physiotherapist at
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 12th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA (first published January 1st 2014)
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Karen Shevchenko
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any cyclist who's into perfecting their cycling technique. A deep introduction into the biomechanics of cycling and how bike fit affects performance. lots of illustration make reading and understanding the materials real easy though maintaining fair level of technical language. Added value is an overview of mistakes in bike fit and potential health issues they may cause - a sort of troubleshooting you mat run yourself through in case you experience any issues during your rides.

Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: triathlon
Very technical

This is definitely a good book about bike fit, especially the aspects related to physiotherapy, like some self-diagnosis related to injury. The part about bike-fitting is not a fool-proof manual, it is more about general guidelines and things to consider. If you are a triathlete and want to fit your own bike, check out The Misfits Guide to Basement Bike Fitting: Triathlon Edition for a more straightforward step-by-step guide.
The main downside is that this book gets very technical
Fayd Eaton
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
spunti interessanti ma nulla di definitivo. Alla fine serve uno specialista che ti metta in sella.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Useful overview of bike fit. This’ll be handy as a reference to keep on the shelf and is probably a must for any serious cyclist who’s looking to avoid injury by dialling in their position correctly.
Would like more detail on fit issues and off bike work.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Explains rather well why and how fit is a custom thing. Each individual's 'fit window' can be measured--in microns or centimeters according to one's adaptability. Use your adaptability to select your sizing of adjustable hardware.

A good part of my take-away from this book is the concluding chapter's list of nine measurements to record one's position: frame stack & reach; handlebar drop & reach; saddle height & setback & angle; and bottom bracket to handlebar.

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Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
My cycling is just for short trips and recreation so I skimmed in a couple of hours the stuff I thought could be good to know. Written in accessible language for a non-sporty person like me, lots of useful headings and diagrams to help find and understand the bits I was interested in. I've read several online articles about bike fitting and technique but there were still several worthwhile things I picked up from this read.
Martin J. Hornung

A no nonsense, straightforward and succinct why of everything regarding fit.

This tome is an indispensable resource that should be part of every cyclist's library.

An excellent fit reference with every parameter explained, illustrated, and the rationale delved to completion.

A great post ride flexibility & relaxation routine is included as well, invaluable for an avid velominati.
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