Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-11-11, 09:10 PM   #1
jeepseahawk
[IMG]http://i4.photobucke
Thread Starter
 
jeepseahawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Inland Empire, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Finally got fitted on bike

After being a tight azz and one determined to fix my own things, I went against my rules and got a bike fitting. Reason, my shoulders, hands and lower back are killing me, especially after completing my first century.
I learned a lot, first thing is that my body resembles an ape, long torso and skinny short legs, the fitter used a better description though. He pointed out that the current specs kept me all scrunched up and it inflamed the aformentioned muscles. He dialed in my legs first, by adjusting my seat back and aligning my knees to the pedal shaft (balls of feet). Second adjustment dealt with cockpit, he put a 130mm stem on and placed upwards. He messed with my cleats a little but said they were ok, my eyeballs got that one right at least. Now I am in a more upright position but stretched out, more of my weight is supported by my buttocks instead of my hands and shoulders.
Hopefully this will give me more comfort.
After all these drastic adjustments I asked if the bike was the right size, yes it is. A 58cm jams up into my boys pretty good (actually have to tip-toe a little) even though my apelike torso would want it, 56cm is the right size he stated, just have to stretch it out.
Figure 30 miles tomorrow will give me an idea if it works, will report my findings.
Oh, just in case someone asks - couple mm under 6 ft tall, 225 weight
jeepseahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-11, 12:42 AM   #2
Blutarsky
Junior Member
 
Blutarsky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: 50,000ft & > mach
Bikes: Cannondale CAD3
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have to do the same, the mechanics are just too different than I'm able to figure out at this point - and that stings. I've always been able to tear down and perfectly rebuild everything i've ever owned (mom = not a fan of 2 stroke carburetor disassembly in the kitchen sink, BTW) but I just don't get it yet. I don't have the pains yet, but something just doesn't feel right so I'm going to break down and do it.

Just as soon as I live somewhere not called Japan. I can find a bathroom, but the nuances of expressing ideas is another ball of wax. Glad to hear it worked (being positive here) out for you.
Blutarsky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-11, 01:07 AM   #3
jeepseahawk
[IMG]http://i4.photobucke
Thread Starter
 
jeepseahawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Inland Empire, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks, I hope it does work, my local shop has a cat 1 coach/fitter do all their fittings. He charges 99 for the pro fit (the one I got) and 189 for the whole computer set up, I have seen some basic fittings at 59 at other stores though. Dialing in a road bike is just not the same as my mountain bike, I needed help.
jeepseahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-11, 05:19 AM   #4
RichardGlover
2nd Amendment Cyclist
 
RichardGlover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Cary, NC
Bikes: Schwinn 2010 World Street, Handsome Speedy w/ SRAM Apex
Posts: 1,036
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Next time you shop for a bike, get a compact frame with a sloping top tube and size up. That should give you the extra torso length you want, while still letting your dachshund legs reach the ground when you're not in the saddle.
RichardGlover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-11, 08:28 AM   #5
jeepseahawk
[IMG]http://i4.photobucke
Thread Starter
 
jeepseahawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Inland Empire, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Had to google compact frame, still learning, thanks for the advice. My bike, cannonadale caad10 seems to fit the description of a compact or I am confused, the top tube slopes up. Going for a good ride shortly, will find out how the new fit works with my body.
jeepseahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-11, 09:57 PM   #6
jeepseahawk
[IMG]http://i4.photobucke
Thread Starter
 
jeepseahawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Inland Empire, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Took the bike out for a good ride and it was much more comfortable. My stem has not come in yet but he placed my 110mm in a better position, still feeling it in my shoulders but back is good. The one thing he told me to practice on is my posture (spelling), try to keep back straight while leaned over. My hands did not feel the pain as usual so the butt is taking more weight like its supposed to. I was worried about my boys hurting with the added weight on the saddle but they did good.
jeepseahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-11, 08:39 AM   #7
gunner65 
Senior Member
 
gunner65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Lexington KY
Bikes: Salsa Casseroll for Street and Airborne Hobgoblin for dirt
Posts: 476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
Took the bike out for a good ride and it was much more comfortable. My stem has not come in yet but he placed my 110mm in a better position, still feeling it in my shoulders but back is good. The one thing he told me to practice on is my posture (spelling), try to keep back straight while leaned over. My hands did not feel the pain as usual so the butt is taking more weight like its supposed to. I was worried about my boys hurting with the added weight on the saddle but they did good.
Try to roll your hips forward that forces you to sit on your sits bones. This also forces your back to straighten.
gunner65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-11, 11:47 AM   #8
RichardGlover
2nd Amendment Cyclist
 
RichardGlover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Cary, NC
Bikes: Schwinn 2010 World Street, Handsome Speedy w/ SRAM Apex
Posts: 1,036
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by gunner65 View Post
Try to roll your hips forward that forces you to sit on your sits bones. This also forces your back to straighten.
Big +1 on this.

But you will need to work on your lower back and ab muscles. Try planks (google if you need to). After doing those (multiple sets, 3x a week, etc) for a few weeks, Add a few pushups to the start of your routine to help strengthen your upper back, shoulders, and arms.

Also... situps, ab crunches, etc...


Building core muscle strength will help your posture both on and off the bike. It'll help you ride longer with less pain. It's something that many cyclists neglect.
RichardGlover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-11, 01:27 PM   #9
jeepseahawk
[IMG]http://i4.photobucke
Thread Starter
 
jeepseahawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Inland Empire, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, that is exactly how the fitter explained it, roll hips forward. I am doing that now but have to train on it, bad habits sometimes take a little while to overcome. I did correct myself on that last ride because my lower back did not hurt at all.
jeepseahawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-11, 08:10 PM   #10
Big Bad G
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NC
Bikes:
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
Big +1 on this.

But you will need to work on your lower back and ab muscles. Try planks (google if you need to). After doing those (multiple sets, 3x a week, etc) for a few weeks, Add a few pushups to the start of your routine to help strengthen your upper back, shoulders, and arms.

Also... situps, ab crunches, etc...


Building core muscle strength will help your posture both on and off the bike. It'll help you ride longer with less pain. It's something that many cyclists neglect.
Sounds like something I need to start doing. Thanks
Big Bad G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-11, 06:17 PM   #11
Profgumby
Senior Member
 
Profgumby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Menominee MI
Bikes: Giant Sedona, Giant Trance 2, 1974 Schwinn Continental, 2011 Schwinn LeTour Classic
Posts: 158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I really need to take my road warrior to a shop and get a pro level fitting. I am not really uncomfortable but I too am built like an ape with a long torso and bought a big frame for the top tube. I was going to get a Waterford or a Seven frame built and build off that but the funds...oh the funds... I am really curious if I got it close to what a pro fit would be and it is worth 100 bucks (or whatever) for me to find out.
Profgumby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-11, 08:18 PM   #12
Allen55
Senior Member
 
Allen55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Marietta, Ga
Bikes:
Posts: 312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would love to get fitted on my bike as well. Funds are a problem, though. I also want clip less pedals and cleats, but again the funds...seems like a pattern.
Allen55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-11, 11:13 PM   #13
tunavic 
Senior Member
 
tunavic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Redlands, CA
Bikes: '12 BMC Road Racer, Pinarello KOBH
Posts: 761
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeepseahawk View Post
Thanks, I hope it does work, my local shop has a cat 1 coach/fitter do all their fittings. He charges 99 for the pro fit (the one I got) and 189 for the whole computer set up, I have seen some basic fittings at 59 at other stores though. Dialing in a road bike is just not the same as my mountain bike, I needed help.
Which shop did the fitting?
tunavic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:57 PM.