Simon Darby is a keen local cyclist that over the last 5 years has fully embraced bike-packing, an ultralight version of off-road bicycle touring that is currently enjoying a huge rise in popularity. He has used his rigid steel 29” mountain bike to do this, but now wants a bespoke bike made that fits him more closely and will be even more suited to multi day off-road camping trips. Comfort and durability are the main factors he wants built into his new bike.
First off, we got Simon on the bike and pedalling at an easy pace. The first adjustment was to the saddle height in 5mm increments until he felt comfortable and any “rocking” of the pelvis was eliminated. Once this was done, the angle of his leg was measured at the bottom of the pedal travel. This is recommended to fall between 15 and 20 degrees. The appropriate fore and aft position of the saddle is also found during this process.
The next step will be to take all of these noted measurements and input them into our Bike CAD software to finalise the geometry of the frame.