We had the pleasure to speak with Mr. Ken Ballhause of Adaptive human performance (www.adaptivehp.com) who developed along with Maap the perfect chamois.
“Applying years of dedicated road testing and lab-based performance analysis, the newly introduced Team Bib Short 2.0 combines our signature fit and advanced fabrics with an ergonomically engineered chamois for greater comfort and performance during maximum level efforts across a wide spectrum of riding.”
It’s 10 years that i ride bikes but i’ve never focused myself on the chamois thing, how much is important?
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that some people are more sensitive to saddle interface issues than others. There are many factors at play here, from saddle choice to skin sensitivity issues. My experience of sitting on a bike seat for hours on end may be completely different to yours and likewise, your experience will be different to that of any selection of your peers.
Our experience working with elite, sub-elite and amateur athletes indicates that saddle interface discomfort is indeed an issue faced by many people.
What is Adaptive Human Performance and why we are talking about technical notes about the MAAP Bib?
Adaptive Human Performance (Adaptive HP) is a Sports Science Consulting business in Melbourne AUS. This business combines knowledge from the fields of Health Science and Sports Science, specific to the sport of cycling. Our ethos is simple – Improving the human-bike interaction.
Adaptive HP evolved from a desire to service the cycling community with services grounded in science. Consulting with MAAP on product ergonomics is one such example of how we are devoted to improving the human-bike interaction.
Which are the main research that you have done along with Ian to design a such performance chamois?
The chamois development for the Team Bib 2.0 is basically the recognition of the anatomical considerations and an understanding of the role of the cycling pad. Our cycling experience, in racing and with general road cycling has helped conceptualize and evaluate product along the way.
Our day-to-day work at Adaptive HP provides us with the knowledge of the emerging trends in saddle design and how these products can be used within the process of position optimization.
Basically, anatomical knowledge, biomechanical analysis techniques, ergonomic principles and an understanding of how saddle design influences the cycling experience.
In terms of performance, what can change from a good chamois and a medium chamois?
High-tempo riding, in an aggressive cycling position. A chamois isn’t going to improve your performance directly, but a well-designed chamois and garment will facilitate comfort and sustainability of a cycling position that is favorable to both health and performance outcomes.
- Maintaining a position favorable to improving aerodynamic efficiency
- Maintaining a position that is favorable to reducing lumbar spine flexion
Support and protection of the bony structure of the pelvis. Pressure relief on anterior soft tissue structures. Reduced skin friction. Improved moisture control. These things become more important as the “performance demands” go up and the Team Bib 2.0 aims to cover these needs.
I think that when we talk about MAAP people recognize only one term “PERFORMANCE” has it been a challenging designing?
I’m sure all of the MAAP team can take that as a complement. Ultimately the goal from the perspective of Adaptive HP is to assist in the development of functional cycling attire. Any project we are involved with would have certain elements of “performance” in mind, while ensuring a product remains functional across the “performance” spectrum.
Actually no, I don’t think that nailing the ergonomic design concepts is challenging. It’s the application of knowledge we use every day and our own cycling experience, applied to ergonomics of garment design.
I’ve seen that you guys in AHP do a lot of test and research about performance, can you tell us more?
We are not actively involved in research, but we are actively involved in the practical application of scientific literature. We use technology that allows us to quantify the biomechanical properties of the cycling position and apply scientific methods to the services we provide.
We pay attention the scientific literature and use an evidence based approach in all aspects of the work we perform. From kinematic analysis in our lab-based bike fitting services, to the use of Alphamatis Technologies Track Aero System to test the aero qualities of an optimized position – Our services are grounded in measurement and scientific methods.
In two months of tests during endurance rides, road crits and long distance races i’ve experienced every time the same feelings: comfort & performance is this what you guys were searching with the development?
Absolutely, each is not exclusive. As another example, an ergonomic bike seat offers favorable comfort and performance outcomes. Addressing product ergonomics is about meeting both performance and comfort goals.
I’m in love with this Team Bib 2.0 is any other performance product you are developing with the guys in MAAP?
We certainly have other projects in the development phase and we are excited about keeping the relationship going with MAAP. We are stoked to be working with a brand that is actually receptive to feedback and making quality attire.