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    Does getting a fitting tie me to a particular bike shop?

    I'm buying my first road bike soon, and since I'm unfamiliar with them I should probably get a sizing. Is this a universal sizing (ie. I write stuff down and can take it with me when shopping other places), or does it mean it would be best to buy my bike from that particular shop because the guy already knows my size?

    My main concern is I don't know if I would be able to tell if a frame size were too big or small. I'm 5'4" with a ~28.5" inseam, so I'm probably a 49cm or 50cm.

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    Depends. If you pay for the fitting I have no problem with taking the information somewhere else. If they don't charge for the fitting then I would buy there. My one LBS will credit the price of the fitting towards a bike over a certain dollar value and discount it for less expensive bikes.

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    Start here:
    http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO

    Get someone to help you. Measure carefully a few times and average the measurements. I found that a tape from the sewing dept., like a tailor uses, worked great and had a metric side. It worked best for me using the metric side.

    You will have an very close idea of what bike size to get without feeling obligated to anyone.

    The top tube length will probably be the most important measurement you need to start shopping.

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    There should be no charge for getting sized and it will probably be done by the sales person. Different shops have different sizing measurements and different bikes with identical sized frames will advertize different sizes (I have found up to 2 cm.). So you can take the measurements with you but don't be surprised if you get different advice for different bikes at another shop.

    Getting fitted is something you do after deciding on the bike and should be done by a trained and certified specialist. It is not free, if it is included it's because you just bought a very expensive bike. When I was fitted it took nearly an hour and I was given a detailed printout of all the angles and measurements, plus the shop kept the data on their computer. As an added note there are different schools and theories of bike fitting. I don't know enough about it to make any recommendations other than if some mention of Andy Pruitt is made and you need to make an appointment two weeks out, your bike will most likely fit you like a glove when the fitting session is done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
    Depends. If you pay for the fitting I have no problem with taking the information somewhere else. If they don't charge for the fitting then I would buy there.
    Aaron
    Agree. Buying one thing from a shop doesn't tie you to that shop forever. If they provide the fitting in anticipation of you buying a bike, though, I think there's some obligation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Western Flyer View Post
    There should be no charge for getting sized and it will probably be done by the sales person. Different shops have different sizing measurements and different bikes with identical sized frames will advertize different sizes (I have found up to 2 cm.). So you can take the measurements with you but don't be surprised if you get different advice for different bikes at another shop.

    Getting fitted is something you do after deciding on the bike and should be done by a trained and certified specialist. It is not free, if it is included it's because you just bought a very expensive bike. When I was fitted it took nearly an hour and I was given a detailed printout of all the angles and measurements, plus the shop kept the data on their computer. As an added note there are different schools and theories of bike fitting. I don't know enough about it to make any recommendations other than if some mention of Andy Pruitt is made and you need to make an appointment two weeks out, your bike will most likely fit you like a glove when the fitting session is done.

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    The OP hasn't stated any budget. Perhaps he is thinking to spend $1200 on a bike. Has he allocated 20% of that amount for one guy to give his opinion of the "correct" size bike for the OP. Or worse, if it's a "free" fitting, is it directed towards a particular size that that LBS has in stock?

    I believe that the 1/2 hour, thirty minutes, that the OP might spend with an online fit calculator would "arm" him with a bit of knowledge to insure that the "fitter" is anywhere in the ballpark of the correct bike. No, it won't advise 2cm difference in bar width, 6% less of stem angle or if a 130 saddle would be better than a 143 saddle. But, he would know enough to know that if he wants to see a baseball game you don't go to a roller rink.

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    I'm 5' 1" or 2" with a 28" inseam. I went to a mikes bikes (very overpriced bike shop that wants your money) and I was told specialized (but not limited to) has consistent sizing among all their bikes. A 49cm fit me well, so if I wanted a specialized bike, I can always know that a 49cm rockhopper or 49cm tarmac or any other Specialized bike would fit the same. I have a 49cm motobecane, and though the specs state the stand over height is 29.8", I am still able to ride it without it crushing my nuts.

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    Well one tie may be a credit , charges for the fitting session time, .. cost as a credit when you buy
    their bike above XX price..

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