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    The bike plague MightyLegnano's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    OP is asking about touring on a cheap bike, in that section,
    not shopping for a CF Madone, so likely is not needing an
    Orthopedist with a sports, bicycle racer, specialty.

    putting the bike on the trainer stand, and being observed riding,
    maybe more the reasonable approach.

    Where, in Greece to find a bike shop is maybe a google thing..
    minute detail fitting , may need a trip to Italy.
    hehe good observation although the question asked for informational purposes. I have 3 bikes which I've never had a problem with.

    My knee problem arose when I bought a beautiful full suspension bike which was either too small for me or its geometry was just for one purpose only, trails. And if possible only descents. I was feeling really horrible on that bike despite my efforts to adjust to my liking everything adjustable. Anyway I ditched the bike (my downhill years were over anyway) and I've never had a problem since then.

    So maybe some bikes are meant to be ridden by specific type of bodies. I don't know, but that seems to be the case with me.
    Last edited by MightyLegnano; 02-05-12 at 10:33 AM.

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    Guess I'd say bikes are a bit like shoes in that regard. You could probably wear a pair of shoes a half size too big or too small for short periods of time, but if I was leaving in a hiking trip or a bicycling trip I'd personally want something that fit PERFECTLY. Cause after a while - the shortcomings will become either an annoyance, a nuisance or a problem.

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    I think so, I've been messing with for nearly 40 yrs, tried both good and bad things, as my riding style has changed, my injuries have changed me, and I have gotten shorter over the years
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    I have 3 bikes which I've never had a problem with.
    you should understand thru careful measurement what is right about those.

    one good place to start is a plumb line thru the BB, dividing the TT in setback and
    forward cockpit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Agreed...then you have guys like Graeme Obree....
    Wasn't he was the first guy banned on the basis of bad fit?

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    Nah, fit isn't important:

    BMX_MTB1.jpgnexus-bike.jpg

    Bikes that don't fit look really awesome man!
    Cyclist, angler and aquarist

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    you should understand thru careful measurement what is right about those.

    one good place to start is a plumb line thru the BB, dividing the TT in setback and
    forward cockpit.
    Exactly. And then a measurement from the BB to the front axle so you can determine potential overlap problems. Why isn't there a standard method of measure for bike fit? Maybe because they can make more money from dissatisfaction - all the various voodoo remedial stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Wasn't he was the first guy banned on the basis of bad fit?
    LOL More likely too good a fit - he was winning using a riding style no one else was. He changed it to another innovative style and that was banned again after he won again. Obviously officials preferred riders that used drugs rather than effecient riding styles to win

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    There are threads peppering the whole forum espousing the benefits of a good fitting. Here's a recent one.
    Craig in Indy

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