Bike Fit Methodology, with Dr. Andy Pruitt, Colby Pearce, and Todd Carver

Three great minds of bike fit share their bike fitting methods, the role of technology, and other practical considerations.

Todd Carver conducts bike fit
Todd Carver conducts a bike fit on a Bora-Hansgrohe professional rider. Photo: Courtesy Retül

In the beginning, a bike fit would include a guy at a bike shop with a plumb line and a theory. Now, bike fit is a full-fledged science with video cameras, 3D models, and a greater understanding of human anatomy and physiology as it pertains to cycling.

Once again, we’re joined by three of the great minds in bike fit.

Dr. Andy Pruitt is the director of sports medicine here at Fast Talk, and one of the pioneers of the study of cycling biomechanics.

Our next guest has appeared on Fast Talk many times before, and he also continues to host his own podcast, “Cycling in Alignment.” Of course, I speak of Colby Pearce.

Finally, continuing his Fast Talk debut is Todd Carver, co-founder of Retül and the head of human performance at Specialized, which now owns the Retül fit technology.

In part 2 of our bike fit discussion with Pruitt, Carver, and Pearce, we explore:

  • the practical implications of bike fit
  • the debate over aerodynamics versus power
  • our experts’ feelings about technology versus experience and intuition
  • and many other subjects, generally in the realm of “bike fit methodology.”

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