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Fraser’s Bike Fit With Matt Bottrill | Expert Bike Fit Tips

Fraser’s Bike Fit With Matt Bottrill | Expert Bike Fit Tips


– Now as a professional
athlete for over a decade, raced on multiple different bikes, even had a bike coach and had the opportunity no
less to go into a wind tunnel, but one thing I didn’t ever do was have a comprehensive bike fit. Now that brings me here today to the home of Matt Bottrill
Performance Coaching, because you see, Matt works
with any number of the world’s fastest triathletes, and he has a very systematic process for making them as comfy,
but crucially aerodynamic and efficient as they
can be on their bikes. So Matt very kindly has offered to take me through that process to see if I can get faster, because let’s face it, who
doesn’t like some free speed? (logo whirring) (upbeat music) Right, Matt, so I’ve got my bike with me, and what is the point
in me having a bike fit? – It’s the same for
every athlete, you know. Everybody goes out, they
buy like their first bike, but, you know like, the
reasons for having a bike fit is comfort, is the first thing. You know, you’re going to
be less prone to injury, it’s just going to enable you
to ride faster for longer, and you know, it’s like every athlete, they don’t want to stop training. They always want consistency, so if you have a bike fit, then the chances are, you know, you’re always going to be
able to carry on training. – And because we’re going to
go through a bike fit process, the upshot of that is that
I will get more aerodynamic, and I’ll be more efficient, and therefore I should go a bit faster? – Yeah, absolutely, and the thing is about all of this is, it’s like, okay, you
get your bike fit done, but then we need to go away, and we need to spend countless hours training in that position, and if you’re new to, you know,
like triathlon or cycling, then what we need to do
is revisit that bike fit, probably in six months, a year’s time, we need to revisit just to
see how’s your body changed, because it will change over time. You know, if you’re an age group athlete, you’re probably going to make bigger gains than what the pros are, ’cause they’re pretty optimized anyway, but the truth is, a lot of them are still making a lot
of bad mistakes, so. You know, at the end of the
day, it’s an individual process that you need to go through to, ’cause we all want to get faster, don’t we, at the end of the day? – And like you said already
to me is that actually, an amateur age group athlete’s
out there for way long, a lot longer than the pros are, so actually the benefits
are even more, aren’t they? – Massively, yeah. We’re going to see some big
gains for an age group athlete, you know if they get, you know
from a biomechanical point, and from an aerodynamic point of view, we can see, you know, we
can start shaving minutes. With professionals, we’re
sometimes looking at five seconds, you know, a few seconds. – Okay, so it sounds like
these fit adaptations can make a big difference
to overall speed. So let’s give it a go, and get started. What do you think I look like, then? What’s first analysis? – We’ve got some work to
do here, I’m afraid though. – Yeah, that’s good to hear. – One of the things that we notice from a biomechanical point of view, you obviously shift around
quite a bit on the saddle. – Yep. – You also, yeah, you drop
off to one side as well, that would explain some of the issues that you’ve been having. Well, yeah we’ll run through them, and address them. (upbeat music) Yeah, it’s that leg, isn’t it? We’re just taking your angular range here, this angle here. – Now after a little bit of
manipulation shall we say, Matt was happier with my
position sitting on the saddle. Right so, we’ve got these
dots on the back of my hip to have a look at my position. What is it that we’ve done so far to change something? – Yeah, so obviously one of
the things that we noticed with how you’re sitting
on the bike, Fraser, is how you drop off to one side. So we’ve made some changes
to saddle position, and cleat position, to compensate for that a little bit. We’ve checked the range
that you’re now in, we’ll know that we’re in a good range now, and that’s going to be
individual to each person that we see for a bike fit. You know, we’ve got like a safe range, and then we’ve got somebody
that’s ridden a bike for quite a while, so yeah. We were happy with the
ranges that you’re in now. – This range that I’ve got here, my knee to elbow to my hip to my ankle? – Yeah, absolutely. And then the next part of a fit will be looking at this frontal area here, and we might have to revisit this area, you know the back end, once we’ve made some changes to the front. – Having focused firstly on
the back end of my position, it was now time to look
at my front cockpit area, and this is not simply for comfort. It has been shown that whilst up to 80% of the drag
comes from the rider, only 20 of it is due to the bike itself. – The areas that you’re really
exposed to at the minute, like when you’re in this position here, then there’s a lot of exposure
around these shoulders, head is high, so we just
want to reduce that. – You mean how much frontal
drag I’ve got to the wind? – Yeah.
– Right. – But the biggest thing
for you is as well, is this pressure that
you’ve got in the back here that you’ve been experiencing. – Well I don’t think I
realized I was experiencing, but when you put your hands on my back, I can feel it. – Yeah, it’s uh, yeah. – Tense.
– You can see. Yeah, and obviously wide
shoulders at the minute, so yeah, we’re going to address that by changing the angles. (upbeat music)
– Let’s do it. And you want me to see
how low I can drop my chin to see whether I’m still safely able to see up the road ahead of me, is that right? – Yeah, and that’s one of the points that we’re struggling with
with this angle of pole. – Because they’re quite
high up, the angles. – Yeah, we’re struggling to see
down the road at this point. – Well, I can if I lift my head up, but that’s what you don’t want me to do. – Yeah, we want to kind of drop in, and then push the head forward. So we’re going to look at
changing the angle again to get you in the correct angle. – On this position here as opposed to this position here makes a big difference in terms of how I can do this. – That’s really good. – So for what you’ve
done with me right now, is taken the central position I had in the initial fit position.
– Yeah. – And you’ve moved me
out a little bit mow. – So but then we would- – Which you think makes me look a lot more aero and comfortable, is that right? – Yeah, and it’s just
like being able to shrug and get much better in the position, and then we drop the head, then we can bring the arms and pull. – Because it’s also about me being able to hold this position for,
well, quite a long time. – Absolutely, and that’s
for your keys events. – Not just this little snapshot
in time right now, right? – Definitely. – The main thing that I’ve
picked up through this process in the last little while with Matt is I never thought how much of a difference shoulder comfort and pain
could make an impact. I’ve always felt quite comfortable
when I’ve sat on a bike, Matt says that’s actually not too different or dissimilar to
any person that comes in and gets a fit with him. You sit on a bike, you feel comfortable, you think you can be okay with it, and usually we are. And I’ve ridden my bike
for years and years, and been not too bad at it, but I think what I’m realizing now is that I’d seen Matt
five, six, seven years ago, I could’ve been a much faster athlete. Right now I found this whole bike fitting process
today really fascinating, so thanks for taking me through that Matt. But, before I go away, is there any tips for anybody
who’s having a bike fit? – The main thing to do
away from any bike fit is you’re going to make
biomechanical changes, and you’re going to make
aerodynamic changes. But we have to practice them in training, so that’s doing drills
on the turbo trainer, and then going out onto the road and practicing that as well. – Sounds like something
for me to go and give a go. So hopefully you’ve enjoyed this video, give that thumb up like button a hit. If you want to get all the
other videos in our channel, find the globe on the
screen and click that. And if you want to see
a video that Matt did about time trial bike
versus triathlon bike, well you can find that here. – And if you want to gain more speed, then click on this video down here, my microburst session efforts.

4 comments on “Fraser’s Bike Fit With Matt Bottrill | Expert Bike Fit Tips

  1. I really wonder why this clip has some dislikes. this is useful or irrelevant for you, but how can there be any reason to dislike? I have had bikes fitted and still contains info that is nice to get.

  2. I found this video a bit short and disappointing and to lack actual bike fit tips. It's not very useful to anyone but Fraser. It could have been a lot more educational if they walked us through the process: what the ideal saddle height would be, how much fore/aft should there be in the saddle, what changes he made to the cleats, how high should the handlebars be, how long of a stem, where should the elbows rest, what kind of angle should the elbows be at relative to the shoulders, and on and on and on. All I got from the video is that a bike fit would be extremely useful/beneficial for aerodynamics and comfort which I suppose is a good lesson but did we really not already know that?

  3. Sorry for the rant, but for the love of god does color on a bike suddenly now make you slower???? Oh liked the video 🙂

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