The F.I.S.T. Method for fitting triathletes to their bikes
Written by: Dan Empfield
Date: Thu Sep 13 2007
In point of fact, they don't. The worth of any of these systems is directly proportional to their abilities to transfer functionality that is already well-established in sport. A system for teaching a proper golf swing, or tennis serve, results in a student's ability to play tennis or golf in a way quite similar to those who are especially adept at these sports.
A proper road bike fit system is one that helps a rider adopt a road bike fit used by most of the better road bike riders. And a proper tri bike fit system will place triathletes in an optimized position for riding a bike outfitted with aero bars.
In the absence of such a system, we at Slowtwitch.com decided to develop one, and we call it Fit Institute Slowtwitch (F.I.S.T.). This system is the logical extension of the work done by the founders of Slowtwitch, who are also the founders of Quintana Roo, the first true tri geometry bike.
The end result of a FIST fit is a position easily recognizable. Any fan of baseball, tennis, basketball, bowling, or any sport grows to know what good technique looks like. Any triathlete who follows the sport knows what a good tri bike position looks like. You don't need to be a pro to know how a pro rides.
Follow the articles in succession:
Exit Cycling finished work on an angular head pin for its X/Y adjustable fit bike. This makes Exit Cycling, the fit bike maker owned by popular custom bike builder Ves Mandaric, a one-of-a-kind machine. 6.12.08
The F.I.S.T. tri bike geometry calculator is open for beta testing. Your fitter plunks numbers into our online engine and, poof, your custom bike geometry! 6.23.08
There exists a method for fitting bikes for mail order purchases; and for retailers to present floored bikes; should such enterprising retailers avail themselves of it. Part I of II. 11.11.08
Read this first, if "tri bike fit" is new to you. It's a guide to the dozens of articles in the bike fit section. The articles are grouped, and we offer our advice about the order in which they should be read. 12.30.08
This second in a series of articles describing our tri bike fit system lays out the axioms on which our F.I.S.T. system relies. 9.13.07
This third article in our series on tri bike fit lays out the fitting protocol. 9.13.07