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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 12-23-11, 12:24 AM   #1
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get fitted while fat? or wait to drop weight?

I know this will sound like one of those wishful-thinking questions, but I'm in a supervised program and pretty sure I will be thinner soon. so I'm wondering, is there any reason to wait on getting a pro fit (which I'm getting for Christmas)?

I wouldn't think so, because the important dimensions will stay the same. the main difference would be my flexibility. so I am inclined to go ahead with it.
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Old 12-23-11, 01:32 AM   #2
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IMHO you are thinking along the right lines.

Your key measurements aren't going to change and you will be as comfortably fit to the bike as possible from the get go.

I did something similar and when I continued to lose weight and my flexibility improved my riding posture changed on my road bike. There was no impact on my hybrid.
At which point the bars were lowered and the stem switched to accommodate a more aggressive riding posture.

From a purely practical perspective, there is never a perfect time, so don't say no to Santa.
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Old 12-23-11, 02:06 AM   #3
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Go for it now,
but then again what do I know;
I never had one done
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Old 12-23-11, 03:13 AM   #4
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go for it. dont wait...you will regret you. If you dont, then your might not be fitted right to ride and it might actually hurt you and you might not want to ride anymore. Get it done! You will be thankful.

I am a 100% believer that a true bike fit is key. Also, a bike fit is not a solve all thing. You will continue to work with your fitter and tweak things as you ride more and thats ok.
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Definitely take this concern to the fitter, as well. S/He should be able to take this into consideration and give you some tips on how to respond when you do lose weight.
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Do it. I've dropped 50 pounds and my basic fit has not changed. I'm now using a lowered handlebar, The fitter and I removed about 20mm of spacers under the stem after I lost the weight.
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Get fitted now. My LBS said they would be glad to readjust in the future for free when I needed it. Maybe your shop will be just as nice.
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I won't say wait, but my fit changed dramactically, in small increments, as I got more of a riding physique. From beginning to end, I'd say my saddle is now about 2" higher, bars are about 2" lower, cranks are longer...and the list goes on and on.
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Not to be rude but will you be riding fat? There's always a few fine adjustments after a fit regardless. A comfortable bike gets ridden more. So I say go fer it.
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Old 12-23-11, 04:58 PM   #10
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I'm down in the low 200's now, but I was up close to 260 pounds when I got my initial fitting done. It was even a precursor to my buying anything, because I got my fit session and then the fitter and I used that information to determine which bikes in the shop were a reasonable match for my fit, ride style, and price range.
Things haven't changed too far on the fit even as I've changed body composition and ride style; from fairly big and doing mid distances like 100k, to still fairly big at 235 and riding 400k in a single day, to where I am now and back to only riding 100 - 110k for distance but doing it a lot faster.
There hasn't been anything acting as a majour hinderance after changing body composition that makes the original frame measurements unusable. The only component I've needed to change was the stem.
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Old 12-23-11, 09:58 PM   #11
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wow, these are incredibly useful thoughts. yes, I'll be riding either way (5000 miles last year). and I think they will readjust if I adjust, so to speak ;-0)9
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Get fitted as the weight drops off you may find that you are more comfortable riding.
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