A PhD in Mountain Biking? That’s right. Lewis Kirkwood, a Norco Factory Mechanic spannering on the World Cup Downhill circuit, is also known as Dr Lewis Kirkwood. Lewis is also a researcher at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Applied Sciences and holds a PhD in Vibrations in Mountain Biking.

Lewis spent the best part of four years studying mountain biking, or more specifically, the vibrations that mountain bikers are exposed to. Why should we care? Well, Lewis says that on an average MTB ride, we can easily exceed health and safety executive guidelines for what are considered to be “safe” levels of vibration.


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