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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-20-11, 12:54 PM   #1
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Went to get fitted today

Not the "included with a bike purchase" fit, but rather the "two and a half hours, complete package" fit.

Lots of small changes made including shims under the liner in each shoe, lifting the left side of each foot 5 degrees. (apparently my left foot is weird) Small cleat adjustments. We raised the seat nearly an inch, and moved it forward some.

There are two bigger changes we made. The first was moving the brake levers up to where they should be. they were very low on the drops causing more pain in the wrist than expected. The second is we'll be replacing the stem with a longer model. They had the right length, but only for a larger diameter handlebar so they had to order it.

I'll report back after I put some miles on it. And again after the stem gets installed and I put miles on that. Just riding the trainer today I'm already a lot more comfortable on the bike.
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Where'd you have it done?
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Where'd you have it done?
I meet with Frank @ BGI North. I'm pretty sure he saved me a lot of time and money trying to get things right via Trial and Error.

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let us know how it worked out for you.
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the last part should be in later this week. I'll be putting fifteen miles on it tomorrow commuting to and from work with what's been done so far. Just cruising on the trainer it already feels quite a bit better.

I'll post again after tomorrow's ride, and again after Thursday when the remaining updates are done, and I've finished riding with Nebo Ridge. Going to dive into the "Bumble B" group with is 17-19 miles per hour over 25 miles. Which is 2 to 4 miles an hour faster than I usually average. I just know the best way to get faster is to ride with people faster than me.

Maybe Craig B. will be there this week.
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Frank @ bgi north did my intro fitting. Just the little adjustments we did made a tremendous difference in my comfort. Maybe next season I will do one of the better fittings.
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I need to correct that previous post..... remove Randy, substitute Frank.
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I can't believe how much of a difference the 5 degree shims under the shoe liner makes, and the minor adjustments to my cleats...

I think each cleat moved less than 2mm in any direction but on the trainer my knees feel a lot better.
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Frank is a good guy. I can't wait to see the new show room they're building.

I don't live to far south of you (Castleton Area) so if you happen to see a short fat guy riding a black/white trek 1.5 going up and down the monon or fall creek Greenway, give me a shout. I may also be seen riding with a friend on a trek madone 3.
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why the shimms? One leg shorter? did he measure your legs?
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actually I apparently stand with my feet tilted. These correct the angle from the bottom of the foot, allowing my knees to move up and down rather than tilting in and out on each pedal stroke.

See "in shoe wedges" on this page. http://www.bikefit.com/products.php
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the last part should be in later this week. I'll be putting fifteen miles on it tomorrow commuting to and from work with what's been done so far. Just cruising on the trainer it already feels quite a bit better.

I'll post again after tomorrow's ride, and again after Thursday when the remaining updates are done, and I've finished riding with Nebo Ridge. Going to dive into the "Bumble B" group with is 17-19 miles per hour over 25 miles. Which is 2 to 4 miles an hour faster than I usually average. I just know the best way to get faster is to ride with people faster than me.

Maybe Craig B. will be there this week.
I'm going to try to be there, though I may be on the old Trek, as I'm taking the Synapse in for its initial tuneup after work tonight, and it may not be done until the weekend. I've got about 250 miles on it, and the shifting is getting a little sloppy. Nothing some cable tweaking can't fix, I assume, but since the service is free, I'll let them take care of it, along with going over everything else they go over during this service. I'm also planning to make the jump from the Cs to the Bumble Bs this week if I can get there on time.

I also have an appointment for my initial fitting with the Synapse next Monday evening. Should be interesting.
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Frank is a good guy. I can't wait to see the new show room they're building.

I don't live to far south of you (Castleton Area) so if you happen to see a short fat guy riding a black/white trek 1.5 going up and down the monon or fall creek Greenway, give me a shout. I may also be seen riding with a friend on a trek madone 3.
I'll keep an eye out, too. I usually ride a white Cannondale Synapse. I live near 96th and College and like to use the Monon to get out of town to the north, taking it up to 161st (as far as it's currently paved), then heading east to go up into Westfield, or, like this past Sunday morning, to Noblesville and on up to Cicero before heading back west to finish up a 53 mile loop. Early Sunday morning is a great time to ride that area. The next step is to expand that loop to the west to include Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville.

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I'll keep an eye out, too. I usually ride a white Cannondale Synapse. I live near 96th and College and like to use the Monon to get out of town to the north, taking it up to 161st (as far as it's currently paved), then heading east to go up into Westfield, or, like this past Sunday morning, to Noblesville and on up to Cicero before heading back west to finish up a 53 mile loop. Early Sunday morning is a great time to ride that area. The next step is to expand that loop to the west to include Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville.
I usually start out at the fall creek trail,head south to the Monon, then north until 161st and back. 43ish miles. I,m working on my first half century.
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I got about 80% of my bike fit done by trial and error over 2500 miles of riding. It's the last 20% that I needed help with. It helped a lot.
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Craig, if you see someone in the SLOW b's this week wearing an orange BikeMS Wisconsin Jersey on a naked (clearcoated) Trek Pilot 2.1 (1/4 carbon...) that looks kinda like this guy......




That's me
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If I can make it, I'll be in a solid yellow Fondulac Bike Club jersey. I don't know which bike I'll be on - either the white Cannondale in this pic:



Or this old Trek, though it now has yellow bar tape:

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Well, my Thursday schedule just got blown out of the water. We've got a client coming in at 4:00 for what I'm sure will be a long meeting. No shop ride for me this week.

Absenth, if you make it, let us know how the Bumble B ride goes.
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I love it when that happens.

I expect the Bumble Bs to drop me like a hot rock in the first 15 miles. Honestly, that's ok with me. Those 15 miles will still have a lot of benefit


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Well, my Thursday schedule just got blown out of the water. We've got a client coming in at 4:00 for what I'm sure will be a long meeting. No shop ride for me this week.

Absenth, if you make it, let us know how the Bumble B ride goes.
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I am encouraged by hearing so many bike fitting stories; everyone says they make a world of difference. Getting mine done on Friday... crossing fingers because I was supposed to get one almost a month ago now and had to cancel due to my wheel crapping out. Right now I'm having a really tough time surpassing 65 miles without feeling lots of pain. Hoping a fit will alleviate that.
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65 miles doesn't mean its a fit issue. I see your weight in your Sig, that is a long time to be on a bike, things are bound to hurt.
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things start hurting with anyone regardless of the weight.
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mith: I know what you mean about things hurting. For me, its usually the hands and sometimes the right foot going numb and sometimes the elbows hurts. I stretch some on the bike, especially my hands and elbows.
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Yeah for me it's my left hand going numb, my right knee starting to hurt, and my left foot starting to hurt.

The #1 pain used to be the saddle, but since switching to Brooks I've got that fixed.


Guess I'll just have to HTFU
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knee pain could be from the saddle being too low or the saddle position. But they will go over that in hte fitting. Mine was because the saddle was pushed too far back.
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