Andi Boecherer's bike fit and tri-suit tips

When it comes to dialing in your best performance, it's worth sweating the finer details of your bike position and race-day apparel.

| January 12, 2018 | TRAINING

Photo >James Mitchell

During my forced time off after getting injured, I had a serious look at some of the areas where I felt I had potential that hasn't been fully utilized.

In terms of training, my coach Lubos Bilek and I have already changed and adapted a few things. When it comes to equipment, though, I feel there are things I can improve. Although I am already very well equipped thanks to Cube bikes, Zipp, SRAM and Uvex Cycling on the bike, I felt there was some room to check out the finer details. Because of my premature off-season, I took an intensive look at my aerodynamics.

From our own tests and many expert opinions it is evident that when it comes to aerodynamics, two things in particular affect the performance. First and foremost its the mass that sits on top of the bike - in my case, me. My position and body shape account for the lion's share of the overall system's aerodynamics. This year, I'll work harder on my position, out on the road, in the lab and in the wind tunnel.

The second factor is what surface the wind is moving over, and how it goes past. That's why I started looking for the fastest possible racing suit. It goes without saying that the clothing must not only be fast, but also functional.

The good news is I've found what I'm looking for. I'll tell you soon which brand I've found that will make me faster this season. I will say that it's sure to surprise some of you. 

My  # Triday tip is that, based on my research, discussions and tests I am convinced of the importance of a good bike fit and a really good suit. Even if you have to spend a fair amount of money for the testing and fit, it is a worthwhile investment.

Also, it's important to understand that you can't make general statements or conclusions about either a bike fit or an aero tri suit. What works for me might not be good for you. That's why it's worth taking a closer look. Buy what works and really promises something - not what looks good or the fast professionals use. Don't just copy others, find what works best for you.