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Originally Posted by Machka
You can do it yourself...If your LBS discovers that your bicycle doesn't fit you, they should present you with options to make it better ...
+1 for Machka's good advice. I'll throw in one other thing to keep in mind, though - your LBS will fit you to the bike for most efficient fit
, not necessarily most comfortable fit. If you want to race or train, the LBS fit may be great, but if you look for comfort, you may have to do what I did:
1. Make a small adjustment on the saddle (fore-aft, up-down, or tilt)
2. Ride for 20 minutes and ask "better or worse"
3. If better, make another small adjustment in the same direction and repeat the process
4. If worse, reverse the adjustment and make a different one
It may take you a day or two to completely "dial in" the saddle position to where you're
comfortable, but it's worth the effort. Also keep in mind that different saddles will require different positions. Further, as your conditioning improves, your "best fit" on the bike may also change, causing a periodic reassessment. This advice is NOT appropriate for those who want maximum efficiency, and will result in (usually slightly) less racing advantage. The fit process I describe, though, is almost essential for those who want "comfort uber alles" on their bikes.