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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 08-13-12, 12:26 PM   #1
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what to expect at bike fitting?

I have a Professional Bike Fitting at Mikes Bikes in San Jose Saturday, and was curious what I should bring besides me and my Allez? I assume my riding shorts and shoes, what else? What should I expect from a pro fitting? I'm expecting that I'll ride the 6 miles to get there, is that bad? Help!
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Bring something to clean yourself off so you don't stink on the trainer while they're doing your setup.


Bring your shoes, shorts, everything that you need to ride. Better to have more than you need than to have to be like.. "forgot that at home".
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You should expect to have a creepy bald guy put his hands all over you.

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To me, the inflatable pants, and the needles were the worst...and the string where they rope my hands to the hoods did cut a little. The rest was fairly easy, and it did improve my riding
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There was an "interview" segment, discussing my riding style and what I wanted out of the feel and performance of my bike. Then we moved into the flexibility and body measurements. Once that was plugged into the computer, things were adjusted and I took a spin. We fine tuned things as I requested, dialed in power vs. comfort, and then finally made the tweaks to *my* bike based off the fit-bike measurements.
Then we popped my bike on a trainer and did the final fit adjustment tweaking. Start to finish it was about 3 hours.
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There was an "interview" segment, discussing my riding style and what I wanted out of the feel and performance of my bike...
Yes, most important. Think for a few minutes several times over the upcoming week before your fit about what your goals are in cycling.

Things like: What type of rides do you do now? How long of a distance is your normal ride? How long, (in time), is your normal ride? Are you a recreational rider, or more serious? Do you want to ride centuries or multi-day rides? Do you tend to push yourself when riding, or are you a casual, "smell the roses" type of rider? Do you like climbing? If you climb often, are you in the saddle most of the time, or do you "dance on the pedals"? Just general questions about your current riding style and what your future goals are. These are things that if you are not prepared when asked, you'll fumble around in your mind trying to come up with something.

And ... make an inventory about your aches and pains that result from riding. How long, time wise or mileage wise, before "whatever it is" starts hurting? Think on all your past rides and when in the ride something or other started hurting or getting numb. One of the primary goals of a pro fit is to mitigate any pain caused by cycling. It helps to know how soon, (or late?), in a ride the pain manifests itself.

The more you have stuff like this worked out beforehand, the better your fit will be; because the fitter will know exactly to address and what you want or hope to accomplish with the fit.
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Money for Pizza my Heart, or Aqui or Willow Glen Creamery........ (and why am I a clyde again?)

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Chris, since I'm on my way to bald, and my coworkers think I'm creepy, I don't think that will be a new experience.

And thanks for the tips everyone especially volosong! I'll have to think about where I hurt after I break in my ass, it's still a little annoying and uncomfortable, but it's only been five days. Pretty sure I'll want to be commuting to work the 10 to 13 miles each way, and I imagine I'll want to attempt a century at some point. Multi-day rides will be a wait and see thing, heh. I have a lot of strength and endurance to build up, and a bit of weight to lose too.
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They should put larger people (clydes & clydette's) in these fit videos....it's not really a challenge to fit a mostly perfect sized/shaped ubberly flexy person to a bike
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I have a Professional Bike Fitting at Mikes Bikes in San Jose Saturday, and was curious what I should bring besides me and my Allez? I assume my riding shorts and shoes, what else? What should I expect from a pro fitting? I'm expecting that I'll ride the 6 miles to get there, is that bad? Help!
Bring the exact same gear/equipment (shorts, shoes, socks, pedals, etc) you use the most in your regular rides. Bring your regular hydration/nutrition for a 1- 1.5 hour ride (idea is to replicate indoors as close as possible your regular outdoor ride). Bring a towel and some music (it'll get boring). If done properly, the fitter will want to see how is the decay in your form as you get tired, so it'll take some time (hence the music). A change of clothes (skip if riding back home). I'd bring a six pack to the fitter (he'd end up sharing it with the rest of the staff).
Riding to the fitting shouldn't be bad, depending on form, the ride back after the fitting may suck, but being only 6 miles i shouldn't worry about it.

Good luck
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