This about covers it all for Jens.
I AM IN THE BIKE BUSINESS!!!
In the Bike Business, I am!!!
I'm a big fan of Jens, love his attitude and the way he rides but he would be the last person in pro cycling I would look to as someone who looks good riding a bike.
He should have come to BF for fitting advice. I think we could help him out a lot. Maybe if he would post a video or something...
...Just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
That's the best position to explode so big.
Jens signed for another year with Trek, that is the best news I have had in quite a bit. the special frame Trek came up with for him to use this week is spectacular. It has graphics with each of his 6 children on the top tube, a wolf's head and the famous "Shut Up Legs" on the down tube as well as the German national colours in tricolour stripes. Jerseys for each of his pro teams are on the Non-drive side chain stay, here is the link to the RBA on-line article:http://www.roadbikeaction.com/Relate...ial-VIDEO.html
Jens doesn't get road rash, the road gets Jen's rash.
Thanks for the post Campag, Jens is one of the greatest riders of all times in my book, Cycling Plus called him the ultimate MAMIL.
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I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Amerika, Land of the Very Brief.
Climbs like a stone, descends like two...
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Definitely not ideal, but I am not sure what a person with these types of body dimensions is to do about it.
I have the opposite problem. My legs are short relative to my body which forces me to larger frame sizes and makes it difficult to get the bars low enough depending on the brand of frame. This new trend of sloped top tubes has not made it better.
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Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
"If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter
Long legs short torso the only way to get aero is to have your knees come inside your elbow like that.
also that position looks brutal for any regular cyclist.
Moving, changing, which is a constant process, without questioning, means we going to run into that door edge, that pole in our way, ouch!
Life without questions, observation and thinking is life without learning.
I like this thread
Some address the position 'question', others address the legend which Jens has become - it's all good. Some just don't get it...
Jens has become the 'Paul Bunyan' of cycling. At a time when cycling/road racing needs new legends.
Because he doesn't always win, because he rides from the heart as much as the head, because 'suffering' is his card, he embodies the idea that 'the effort' is equal to 'the result'. So many others could be 'this', but aren't.
Not many got real excited when Sagan pipped the sprint in Stage 3 of the Col. Pro Tour, but everyone was totally stoked by Jens' assault.
Jens makes me happy
Golden rose, the color of the dream I had
Not too long ago
A misty blue and the lillac too
A never to grow old
One way to think about upper body fit is two circles. The first is centered at your hips with the radius to you shoulders, the second is centered on your shoulders, with a radius determined by arm length (at correct angle). Someone with long arms can adjust their CG by adjusting arm position easily. With short arms, you need to adjust torso angle and then redo the arm position.
You will laugh but comparing his and my fit is pretty comical. His hood position is 'almost' equivalent to my drop position.
What do we have in common? We both ride bikes...he a whole lot more and faster than me.
http://miles4melanoma.com/freddiehoffman/, has it over them all.
Before we moved to Fl., Freddie gave us a custom made wall plaque with a set of his 50,000 mile chain rings. Freddie gave Mike Fraysse http://www.usbhof.org/inductee-by-year/63-mike-fraysse his first wall plaque.
Back in the day...Car and Driver would super tune a car to see what it would really do. They'd mess with timing, distributor springs, carb jetting, etc, and then measure rear wheel HP gains. I view fitting as similar and the future will probably be even more interesting. A convergence of biomedical engineering and athletic performance gets you to motion, energy and that means power. Imagine a cyclist being asked to stretch, warm at certain Vo2 or change position or do X and then the analysis reveals where the gains are. I'd be really surprised if this wasn't already happening because if winning is a game of inches..it's also a game of a few watts on the other guy. Why else would Froome go OSymetric? (and what would a fitter say about that!?) This will never eliminate the head and heart (aka Jens) but it is aperformance enhancement of a different sort. I'm basically a C&V kinda of cyclist but as a closet gear head..I love the tech and that + human performance evolution continues unabated.
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Amerika, Land of the Very Brief.
I think Jens knows what works for him.