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    Proper Fitting

    I've been biking for just over a year now. Toured Florida once and have put roughly 2,000 miles on my Trek 7.2fx Hybrid. I am moving out to Denver, Colorado in a little over a year and am planning on biking out there from my hometown here in Saint Augustine Florida.

    The reason for this post is because I need to step my game up and learn more about my new found hobby. One of the things I am very interested in is a way to align myself properly on my bike without paying for someone to fit me. Are there certain angles I should have my knees in yada yada yada,.....?

    I am 6'3" and want to make sure I am doing everything possible to MAXIMIZE my power and endurance.

    By the way, I know my bike is not the fastest, but I am not able to upgrade at the moment due to funds but parts and accessory upgrades are an option.

    Any pointers will help! Especially for proper riding position/fit...

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    maybe if you guys could just give me a website with the information....?

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    You are going to Denver /Boulder area, Its well stocked with Pro Level bike shops .
    with the ability to see you on your bike ,and talk to you... Q&A..

    better than any formula sight un seen..

    Faster is A) work effort, B) aerodynamics [do you even want to assume that low bent over crouch?]

    Go talk to the people that work in the bike shop where you live , and discuss it with them.. with your bike and the aches and pains to reduce..

    Do you reach too far to be comfortable? Shorten and perhaps raise the stem height. feel cramped , then you change that length.. 6'3" you may need a bigger bike frame ..

    Ride by a big plate glass window and see what your bike fit looks like..
    seeing yourself ride by in the reflection..

    some things just are not solvable with a formula,
    Mechanoids can be made all the same.

    people are all made different .. you would have to know lengths of all your extremities , arms legs , trunk length and all that .
    have you made all those measurements?
    Last edited by fietsbob; 01-02-11 at 03:10 PM.

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    No, I have not made those measurements.

    I will stop by the local bike shop this week and see what they have to say. I am sure there is a lot to be corrected with my positioning.

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    thanks man!

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    Fitting is not something that is easy to do on yourself, even people who do fittings sometimes have someone else check their fit. Make shure when you pick someone to do your fitting they take into account your flexiability. Someone who can't even touch their toes without bowing their back will have a much different fit than someone that can almost palm the ground. Also someone who does a lot of climbing will be a little different than someone that rides a lot of flats. Fitting is not an exact science so after your fit you may want to tweak it a little on your owne. Once you get the bike right make shure you record seat height, seat fore and aft (use a plum bob off the tip of the seat and measure the distance from string to bottem bracket spindle), seat tip to bars, seat tip to brake lever on road or center of grip for mountian, and drop or rise of bar ( use a long level and ruler). With these measurements you shoud be able to transfer the fit to any bike.

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