Author archives: Mal Pires

“Whenever I think of Switzerland, my pelvis hurts!”

Urinating, intercourse, standing in a queue, stuck in an elevator, sitting at a desk at work, eating mayonnaise or even thinking of Switzerland – chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) does not discriminate.  These are just some examples of triggers that have brought on the discomfort associated with pain in the pelvic region.  Indeed a royal…

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Smudge: /smᴧdʒ/ – losing precision in movement

Smudge: /smᴧdʒ/ – become messily smeared Crisp, clear motor control function, for example a specific action like lifting a cup, requires a sequencing of notes (a neural pathway) in the brain to trigger the process responsible for the orchestration of limbs to perform that movement.  ‘Smudging’ is an aberration of this sequencing and loss of…

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Eye training

Your eyes are one of your main tele-receptors for receiving external stimuli and a preference to use one eye over the other – a dominant eye – will influence how you experience life:  the way you speak to people, how you interact with them and how you move…one way is easier than the other.  Sounds…

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The usefulness of the cup is in its emptiness – Bruce Lee

These are notes from Morten Hoegh’s ‘Talking Pain out of Patients’ seminar – 25th May 2017, Le Beau – Scrutton Street . “Pain is about the individual.  It is person specific.  We have our own individual thresholds”. Humans are complex.  The complex situation also makes it very individual.  To understand what will influence one person and…

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Bike Fitting Feedback: Marcus F.

Thanks Jo and Mal for your emails. I’ve now done 350+ks in the new position and have settled down to it well – the back pain is still there but significantly reduced and easily bearable – for the first time since I got the new S Works I am enjoying the rides right to the…

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The Legend Ride Experience – “It Glides”

This is an owner’s response to his experience of a Legend bicycle. “It glides. I have searched for a word to express how it feels to ride my new Legend and ‘gliding’ comes closest. Gliding because the connection to the road feels entirely unmediated. The bike goes where I want it to go. Always. That…

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Case Study 5 – Knee Pain

Issue: The onset of knee pain after 60 minutes of cycling that is curtailing his enjoyment of being on a bicycle. Additionally the rider has a lower back and neck condition – so in principle more than one significant condition to contend with.   Presenting Issue: The rider has a general list of issues relating…

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Legend Carbon – The Difference

So to conclude the journey through Legend factory, here is a look at the process for a hand made carbon frame from Legend.  The emphasis on quality of raw materials, sophisticated process and finish are once again evident. All of the frames are made to measure.  Once the bike fit geometry has been established, Legend…

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Legend Titanium – Getting it Right

Titanium is notoriously difficult to do well – prone to cracking, difficult to ‘work’ and generally offering a ‘soft’ ride. The Legend experience confounds this mainstream experience – exceptional durability, ride performance and aesthetics.  You need only try one yourself or speak to a Legend owner for verification. The secret is that Legend have one of the…

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