just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
Ignore the photos. They look nice and that's all they do. They don't illustrate anything. I don't use any numbers. I fit the bike to the person by eye.
, do the heel-on-pedal-with-locked knee thing to get saddle height.
, decide on your saddle to bar drop and set that. There's no right drop. Some like the stem slammed, others level with the saddle.
, get your saddle fore-and-aft position dialed. Watch this video. Make your position like hers:
Pedaling Efficiency.wmv - YouTube
Recheck your saddle height.
, get your stretch dialed. I like to have about 2" between my elbow and forward knee when my forearms are about horizontal on hoods or deep in the drops. Some people like more.
, get your bar tops dialed. In your low fast cruise position, your wrists should lay flat on the bar top ramps leading to the hoods with your forearms more or less horizontal. Ignore what the drops point to. Who cares?
, bring your hoods to where they're comfortable to hold with your wrists lying on the bar tops.
, check braking from the drops. You'll have to mess with 5, 6, and 7 until it all works and you can brake comfortably from the drops.
Some bars are built to have nice flat ramps, others don't. I prefer those that do. Your fit should look like the woman's in the video when you're done.