So last week we went to The Bike Whisperer to visit Scherrit , who is an expert in bike adjustment. As I have said several times before, the racerunner is a running thing, and not a bike. This is something that I feel is important to keep clean as we continue to push running frames as adaptive sports equipment, not just an adaptive bike. To say that something is a bike would mean that it would limit their use from marathons and other road races. Race Running is Running, and in my mind, two can not be confused.
Although Scherrit is an expert in bike adjustment, there is some crossover between a racerunner and a bike. Most importantly, getting the angle of the position of the seat and handlebars right. I spent all day working with him trying to figure out different seat positions and different alignments as well as problem solve various issues surrounding the racerunner. For example, how do you go up a hill when the machine itself prevents you from leaning forward.
The biggest improvement we made was raising the height of the handlebars. This took hours but will enable me to run in a more upright and ‘evolutionarily correct’ posture, rather than bending forward like a cyclist would. I’m sure as I improve this will change and shift just like all of the other adjustments, but right now, staying upright and keeping pace almost as a walker would rather than a runner seems to be crucial in getting my feet under me.
We also played with several saddles and I am currently choosing between a regular bicycle seat saddle and a unicycle saddle, which of course movement in a way that a bicycle saddle cannot. Right now the bicycle saddle feels better, but Scherrit tells me the best way to really get going on a running frame is to be able to glide. Right now, I’m not gliding at all. Everytime that I put my foot down, it slows my pace a little bit. As with every runner, the less time I spent with my feet on the ground, the faster I will go. And so the goal is eventually to glide, not just to have the stop start motion of running.
I was really impressed with Scherrit’s knowledgeability, cleverness, and problem solving. I think he is going to be a key player in setting up my race runner for the long term as well as the runners of the future.
This week I’m in Edale with the racerunner again. I will surely have a lot to update you on next week in regards to how it all is going. Until then, remember, it’s a brave new world out there. Every Day.