The experience of riding a custom bike tailored specifically to your body, your riding style and your aesthetic is…
Heart stopping, jaw dropping, spine tingling, thrill seeking, home coming, life affirming, game changing, joy making.
Understanding, optimizing and translating that unique experience for each individual rider is where bike fitting comes into the mix.
Once you have made the decision to purchase a custom bicycle and chosen your frame builder, Tony Corke completes the triangle with rider, fitter and builder. By conducting a bike fit before the frame is made and informing geometry, the bike fitter can make the difference between a beautiful bike that comes out in the sun, to a ride of your life that you won’t want to part with.
Want to learn more? Tony will be delivering a course in Custom Bike Design and BikeCAD in May 2019 in Eindhoven, NL. Please contact us for more information.
Meet Tracey and her Ted James custom titanium touring bicycle.
Tracey has done her share of cycling in the past, as an Elite GB Duathlete and Gold medal world Age Group Triathlete.
So I was privileged to help her get dialled in for this new custom titanium @tedjamesdesign touring MTB. Tracey is currently doing a mixed terrain bike packing world tour (in stages)
Tracey came to me at Ted’s recommendation (thanks Ted) because in her own words:
“I sometimes get some nasty muscle moaning in my right hip after I ride”
We went through my Torke Cycling Body Positioning session for mountain bikes where we functionally screened Tracey to find her optimal cycling position for MTB cycle touring. We discovered that her previous position had been pushing her right hip past its range of motion through a combination of excessive saddle setback and the bars being too low.
Having adjusted her existing bike as far as we could, it was definitely better but still not optimal. However Tracey reported good improvements to her cycling:
“It feels significantly more powerful…”
When Ted had finished her new bike and it was dialled in Tracey got to finally feel what an optimal position feels like. Here is her feedback:
The bike is a dream to ride. I love cycling anyway but, last Wednesday, it had me smiling and happy for a different/odd (but I hope you find understandable) reason.
After having been on a longer than I planned ride (3 hours instead of 90mins-oops! having way too much fun) the day before, I walked a mile home after dropping my car in for MOT and not only was my knee not hurting, my hips were perfectly mobile and pain free!
It’s hard to express what that means Tony.
Can’t thank you enough.
This is why we are passionate about high quality bicycle fitting and well designed custom bicycles. Really it is worth all the difficulty, effort and years of practice.
Thank you Ted – keep doing great work. (Ted James will be at the Titanium Q and A panel at the Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle Show 4th May 2019.)
Thank you Tracey – enjoy your tour!