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Achieving the Perfect Set Up
16 Nov, 2006 - Dale Tye

It's a pretty fair bet that most cyclists appreciate that the correct bike and shoe set up enables one to produce the maximum amount of power possible for a particular individual, as well as helping to prevent injuries, minimizing discomfort (especially usual problem spots: neck, back & butt) and it can even prevent saddle sores!

 

But the real question is, how many of us actually spend the time and money to ensure our set up is perfect?  How many of us have bought a new pair of shoes, put the cleats on kind of where they look right, had a ride, shifted them once or twice till you feel like they are ok, then carried on over the next few years with that same 'kind of right' position?  How many of us have played around with our seat height and position putting it at 'about' where it feels right, asking a few friends if it looks ok?

 

We spent thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of dollars on bikes, shoes and gear  - not to mention huge chunks of our time training, racing and dreaming about riding, and yet many of us fail to take the most important step - spending the extra little bit of time and money to ensure that our bike and shoes are set up correctly to ensure we are getting the maximum benefit out of our purchases.  It's not even the icing on the cake – it's one of the main ingredients!

 

Well, New Zealand has someone who can help you achieve the perfect set up….

Julie McLellan at Footworks in Auckland is a highly experienced and qualified biomechanics guru, and she's right here in little old NZ!

 

Julie was born in England and grew up running and riding, before taking up Martial Arts competitively (top female in her art in NZ) and then moving into Triathlons.  She finally kicked the running and swimming and is now a pure roadie, already with some good results under her belt (winning her age group in the Armstrong Prestige race in Christchurch in 2005) and she is planning many more good results in the future!

 

Julie began working in the sport and fitness industry when she was 19 years old.  She progressed from personal training to completing a Sports Therapy degree diploma at Lancaster University in England.  Julie shifted to New Zealand 11 years ago and further progressed her studies through a degree in Podiatry through AUT specializing in biomechanics.  A believer in that fact that you can always learn more, she is planning to progress her studies next year with further biomechanics and bike set up research!

 

Julie is the complete package – a competitive cyclist (we all know you have to be one to understand one!), educated in sports therapy, podiatry and biomechanics…and not only that, but she is very thorough and professional.  She fully comprehends how essential the right set up is for everyone and how important it is to you and your performance! – From the World's top elite cyclists, to the weekend warrior or Joe Bloggs cycling to work.

 

She understands and has worked with the optimum set ups for all spheres of riding: Road, Track, Time Trial, Sprints and Triathlon.

In her own words "there are so many people out there who need help, yet don't know it.  It's not all about the bike and latest kit – your feet are your contact with the bike and your power transfer – it's got to be right!"

 

Julie uses a combination of individual biomechanical assessment and careful structural examination of the feet and the workings of the legs  - both on and off the bike and both static and moving.  She uses silicon coach technology and fine tunes with her own manual measurements.  The result:  the perfect set up for your chosen discipline.

 

 

Julie's business "Foot Works" is located in:

 

 Dingwall Building

 87 Queen Street

Level 2

Auckland.

Phone: 09 368 5454. 

Email: footworkscity@xtra.co.nz

 

She charges $120 an hour, and set up times vary according to needs!  This is very reasonable for such a thorough and professional set up by someone as highly qualified as Julie.

Still think you can't afford it? - You can't afford not to!! 

 

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