By Dan Saunders
The Hatfield Strap
It’s no secret that cycling and just training in general can wreak havoc on the body. Long hours in the saddle in a somewhat-limited-movement-position that often focuses on the legs more than anything else can really lead to some aches and pains. Working on increasing or maintaining your flexibility is a key to staying comfortable on the bike. The Hatfield Sit Strap is a tool for doing just that in the lower half of the body.
So, just what it is the Hatfield Sit Strap? It’s a 4” nylon/polyester strap that sells for $35 through www.hatfieldstrap.com. In order to use it, you unroll it and sit on it to anchor the strap in place. Run it under your leg and over your toes, grasp the handles and apply rearward pressure, and it supplies a stretch to the foot and calf. Since you have the strap essentially in your hands, you have complete control over the amount of force applied during the stretch. The flexible nature of the strap also means that it stretches the foot more completely than the old “wall” stretch.