I know a lot of you have had a bike fitting done... I've set up several bikes and just found out my bikes look very* odd to a lot of people. I had no idea that they looked that weird.
I just had a fitting the other day because I was having some baffling issues with my Mondonico.
The fitter, while taking measurements, kept telling me the bike was WAY too big for me, and seemed doubtful it would work. It's a 59 cm bike. He told me I should be riding a 53 cm bike, and I told him that my 55 cm bikes were marginally too small for me. (BTW, at the end of the session, he said a 56-57 cm bike would be optimal for me, which is exactly what I thought.)
All he ended up doing was moving the seat down a smidge and all the way back. He said my Giant Nitto Noodle bars were pulling me forward and making up for the short stem I had put on. He said that my bike was set up strangely, but that I looked exactly* the way I should on it.
So I had been posting about this over in C&V, and I got a lot of advice that, once I started thinking about, I realized I didn't understand. Maybe you could help me? Here's the link to the original, if you're really bored: Hmmm...not sure I'm liking the Mondonico. Why?
The gist of it is that I buy bikes that are too big because I have a freakishly long torso. Here are my FIT measurements:
Foot length: 25
Arm length: 64
Torso Length: 63
Upper Body Measurement: 127
I compared to member who had an Upper Body Measurement of 113 with the same inseam compared to my 127.
Many of the C&V guys told me to get a longer stem and bars with less reach, that I would be more comfortable--even though the bik fits well as it is. I don't understand that. The FIT guy at first said the width of the bars was a very minor issue, comparitively.
I admit I chose a shorter stem because the Mondonico was longer in the Top Tube, and I was trying to match the reach of the Atlantis, which has the same bars on it. New bars and stem would cost over $100, which I'd rather put into components. Why are these giant bars focused on as something change, since the general reach is just the same and the bigger bars give me a lot* more options for hand position?
Also, WHY exactly is it so bad to have your bars high? I admit that I'm getting ready to lower them now that my back is getting stronger, but I like the concept of having the drops comfortable to ride in for a lot of your ride time. Most people don't use the drops because they're too low. Why not set the drop bars in the middle so you can use drops, hoods, and flats with equal comfort?
Is the main problem with giant 46" wide noodle bars set high is that it's ugly?
Here's photos of 3 of my bikes set up. The Klein is set up a little differently but pretty much the same. I don't have any* shoulder, wrist or elbow issues, mostly because I move around constantly. I can't believe that this set-up hasn't contributed to a pain-free first season riding.