Ever had a professional bike fit? No, me neither and blissful in my ignorance I was, well apart from the odd twinge here and there. So when Santos offered us first dibs on their new Trekking Lite with a Rohloff Speed hub and a Gates Belt Drive with a full custom fitting service as part of the deal we weren't really that bothered about the last bit we only had eyes for the belt and the hub… and that swanky orange frame.
More fool us, Santos are very big on their custom service, especially when it comes to bike fitting and they sent us down to MSG bikes in West Sussex where Alexander Scadding has spent the last 20 years developing his ergonomic bike fitting system - he fitted James Bowthorpe out with a bike for his round the world record attempt.
As you can see from the video, we learned a thing or two, including that I'm not as fit as I think I am (hey riding a jig is hard) and that I've got some other bad bike position habits… those wrinkly wrists need sorting, I might not be alone there.
It turns out I'm almost freakishly symmetrical when it comes to arm and leg length and that I need to get weight off my back (tricky that one cos there's no way my laptop is going in a pannier) on the other hand my back is pretty straight so maybe things aren't too bad on the load-lugging score.
In part two of we will be heading down to MSG in a few weeks time for a final fit on the new bike.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.