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Small Details: a First Class Bike Fit Pays Dividends in Comfort and Power and Reduced Chances for Injury

Two disappointing prior years aside (medical interruptions), I’m riding strong and comfortable. All the “fit” things add up:

  • Back position is ideal (natural spine curvature), so I can use my gluteus muscles for sustained power over time with more rapid recovery (see the Solvang Spring Double solo effort).
  • Hand position can be swapped from drops to brake hoods to center of bar with almost no change in back position, for consistent power; this allows hand relief, particularly on double centuries.
  • On climbs, there is an suspension bridge effect with the back—a perfect balance that means no back fatigue no matter how long the climb. This can only happen with all the things being right in the “fit”, as I well know from prior years.
  • A shorter crank length lets me spin better.
  • New shoes with custom orthotics, the real deal hand made by 3DBikeFit and checked on the bike, tweaked until perfect.

All of this isn’t luck or my own doing; it’s due to the meticulous eye and attention to detail of Kevin Bailey over at, using his passion for getting it right, his deep experience as well as front/rear and left/right video systems to evaluate all objectively. Kudos to Kevin’s excellence.

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