815 Pacific HighwayCorner of Help St (Fullers Rd) and Pacific HighwayChatswood, NSW 2067 Aus
Phone: 02 9415 1343
Customer parking (Northside customers :-) available behind the shop, entry is off Help St. near intersection with Pacific Highway.
"Welcome to Cyclery Northside Our goal is to provide riders with a way to get the most from their cycling experience, whatever that may be. We achieve this through providing quality equipment and expert advice. We're a bit Different….. But we feel it's a good thing. Because as excited as we get about riding, we get more excited about sharing our experience with others. To us, It's about making sure you get the right advice, the right equipment, and the right bike for your needs, no matter what they are. Bikes are our passion, we look forward to sharing it with you."
Frame Size: Extra Small; Bars: Shiv carbon aero base bar; Saddle: Sitero
Crankset: S-Works FACT Carbon, 53/39 chainrings,167.5mm crank length
Pedals: Shimano dura ace; Wheels: 404/808 Zipp tubular;
Rear carrier: Xlab carbon wing
Fitting a triathlon time trial position for racing up to 180kms is a great challenge for any body geometry fit technician! :-) The Specialized body geometry bike fit system is a comprehensive step by step process aimed to optimise comfort, efficiency, power and performance - key elements which make any cycling experience a massive high! I have been working with Jeff Moore, Cyclery Northside with my bike fit and the process was a great learning experience for me. The Shiv frame, specifically designed for triathlon, is nothing but high performance! The geometry and size of frames available allows Specialized capable of fitting a wide range of customers - which I found a massive attribute through my own bike fit process. I ride with the Sitero saddle which provides a fantastic platform to optimise my TT position and comfort on the bike.
I have learnt over the years to 'listen to your body not think with your head' - the body is dynamic, not static - its important to be flexible and open, give feedback (what's working well and areas needing improvement) to the people you work with, especially with a bike fit process.
Training with my new bike set-up: I have a compact position which is designed to my biomechanics and body strengths/weaknesses. With a few very minor tweaks to further improve the position from the show room to the training field - I had a whole new level of confidence in my equipment and what I was capable of in the bike leg of the sport. I felt I had more power, my comfort improved (in particular back/shoulder comfort), and my compact position a massive plus - the bike feels glued to the ground in windy conditions, rolls like a roller coaster down hills, absorbs road surface you don't even feel and only goes in one direction - forward! Cornering and turning also has become a whole lot easier! We also reduced crank length (170mm on my old bike to Specialized 167.5 cranks) which has been another noticeable positive change in the efficiency of my peddle stoke and I also feel I run off the bike more relaxed, less fatigued and a whole lot faster!
Racing I believe is the best environment to test a bike fit, when under load and fatigue. My first race with my new bike fit position was Ironman Australia. The course has a variety of flats, undulations and a few short sharp hill climbs. I absolutely loved the coastal bike course and riding my Shiv as part of the experience. The 180kms in 5.14 hours tested all performance elements of the bike (and athlete!) and it felt great to ride. I also love to engage with the local community when I race which was a memorable part of the day.
To win Ironman Australia 2013 and earn the title of female champion, is a huge personal achievement and one I'm very proud of. A massive thanks to the team at Specialized Australia alongside Peter Clayton and his team at Cyclery Northside, who together, are a big part of my experience and development in all aspects of the bike leg of triathlon and road cycling. Special thanks to Jeff - its fantastic to work with you mate from all aspects of my bike fit (both the Shiv & Amira) and service.
My result at IMAUS says it all in my mind - that my equipment, bike position and Specialized support team, is a positive step forward towards further improving my training & strength in the bike leg and overall potential in the sport.