Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: NYC, duh Bronx.
Bikes: Salsa Ti Warbird- 2014/ November RAIL52s
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Went for a professional fitting today...
About a month and a half ago I was sized up and bought a Salsa Warbird Ti... Typical LBS fit, kind of lightweight rule of thumb stuff. Lots of general eyeballing and ballpark spec's...
Threw some clipless on recently, went back and had my cleats positioned, etc..
I have injuries in my right knee, old injuries (skiing, fighting)...a touch of something in my right rotator cuff (NAVY ...) , cubital tunnel syndrome in my left elbow (Guitar playing, booze...) , some mild carpal tunnel in both wrists (guitarplaying, typing...)...I carry tension in my shoulders/neck (Wife...)- left side predominantly, my core could be better (Beer) ...etc.. you get the drift.
I was whacked by a car, not too badly, mid-October, so my right knee began to act up. Got an MRI, doc said that I had bruised cartilage and I'd be okay.
Anyhow, getting back to my recent foray into clipless, left knee is fine, right knee, I get some medial soreness...So, I'm wary. Went out for a good long ride and the soreness showed up the next day, localized just south and to the inside of the patella.
I figured...it's time for a good fit.
I went to Signature Cycles in NYC...Spent a good two and a half hours. Flexibility stuff, range of motion, posture... they put me on this compu-trainer...quite cool real time motion and power analysis showing what was going on with both my legs around the clock while pedaling and adjustments took place from there.
Started with the feet and worked our way up. Made a pretty radical change to my cleat positions, jacked up my seat by 40mm, rotated my bars down a bit, my saddle was pointed 1 degree up for whatever reason, made that an even 0...
Overall, very thorough. My fitter was a pretty well trained person in terms of anatomy and such. What I found quite cool was seeing the differences in efficiency change right before my eyes while watching the monitor indicating my output and cadence at a given resistance. I now know what 80-90 RPM feels like! I had some disparity between my left and right legs... a bit of adjustment brought that closer together...some pointers regarding pedaling technique, consciously relaxing and allowing my heels to drop...
Overall though, when all was said and done a noticeable increase in my output was the end result within given static parameters.
I need to take it easy a bit, I'm going to go out and do some easy short rides, 20 milers, and see how I feel in about 2 weeks/160 miles...
I have a sneaking suspicion my knee soreness is still going to be there and I'm going to have to follow up with a more competent orthopedic surgeon in order to figure out what's going on there. A few folks have told me you can have a torn meniscus and it doesn't show up in an MRI...
The short of it...Seemingly small changes can make quite the difference in your efficiency.