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Old 06-28-10, 06:10 PM   #1
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Paid for a bike fitting today on my new hybrid - worth every last $

I've had my new commuting hybrid for a month now (with no other bike experience other than in my teens 30 years ago). I haven't liked riding so far and other than being completely out of shape, I couldn't figure out why. The shop where I purchased the bike spent a few minutes adjusting the fit when I bought it, which I thought would be good enough for a beginner. But I just wasn't liking the ride: my wrists kind of hurt, my back ached mildly, and I just wasn't enjoying riding it that much. I basically felt OLD on the bike.

Then I spoke to a few of the office commuters and one suggested paying for a bike fitting. I thought it might be overkill for someone riding 15 miles a week, but decided I'd take a shot on potentially getting some improvement. That was an incredibly smart decision.

We ended up raising the seat about 3cm, moving the seat back on its rails 1.5cm, swapping my 7 degree/9cm stem for a 40 degree/7.5cm stem, and adding ergon grips.

Small adjustments, but I absolutely cannot believe what a HUGE difference it made. Zero pain, very comfortable, and best of all, I realized that before the adjustments, I was constantly thinking about the bike when I rode, and now I'm not.

Maybe if you're not such a bike novice, this is all easy for you to do yourselves based on "feel", but for me I am now an advocate of getting a professional bike fitting. Also, the Ergon grips are pure magic - every bike with a straight handlebar should have them (or something similiar).

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Old 06-28-10, 06:54 PM   #2
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When I bought my bikes new, the LBS helped fit the bike to me for free. That is part of their job---service of matching the bike to the persona and getting the correct fit. My LBS took more than a few minutes to personally fit the bike to me. Sorry---just my .02

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That depends upon what kind of fitting you get, referee.

I paid for a professional fitting and it was a two hour ordeal. Use of the fit bike, constant adjusting, watching my gait when I walked, measurements of my legs, arms, reach, the degree my back bent....They watched as I pedaled for a while to see if one knee sticks out more than the other or if one foot twisted out. They questioned me on the type of riding I do and my goal in the future.

Yes, mine was well worth the money too.
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That depends upon what kind of fitting you get, referee.

I paid for a professional fitting and it was a two hour ordeal. Use of the fit bike, constant adjusting, watching my gait when I walked, measurements of my legs, arms, reach, the degree my back bent....They watched as I pedaled for a while to see if one knee sticks out more than the other or if one foot twisted out. They questioned me on the type of riding I do and my goal in the future.

Yes, mine was well worth the money too.
Two Hours... They liked looking at your legs.
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Two Hours... They liked looking at your legs.
That may be but 2 hours is not uncommon for a professional bike fitting. My LBS does a cleat fit in about 45 minutes ($50), hybrid or MTB fits in an hour ($75), road/triathlon/TT fits in two hours ($125), Fit Master custom frame fittings in two hours ($150), and Retul fittings in two and a half hours ($250). I am quite sure that not all of his customers have legs worth a 2 hour look! You do get a basic 15 minute fit with a bike purchase. These are all more exotic than that and I have not tried one although I have been thinking about getting the hybrid fit and the testimonials here have strengthened my desire to do that. The Retul fitting uses sensors strapped to various parts of your body to gather real time data as you pedal and transmits the data to a computer for analysis. All very high tech and I have no idea if it is worth the price. I don't even know if it is applicable to only custom frames or to standard frames as well. Most likely it is worth the price if you are really trying to reach your peak, I think the $75 special would be more appropriate for me!

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Another example of where LBS have very different levels of service - yours sounds like a good one. I wanted a specific bike, so didn't get to choose the bike shop I purchased from: I had to go to the one who was the dealer in town.


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When I developed a problem with my knee, my boss suggested I go to College Park Bicycles to see if they could help. An employee watched me ride a short distance at low speed and and told me I was mashing my pedals and should spin circles. Haha. I've been called "the coffee grinder" because of my cadence. He had nothing else to offer. This was many years ago before bike fitting was marketed widely as a service, but I think Proteus Bicycles had a Serotta Fit Kit.

I should have known enough to go to Proteus, but my boss had called College Park Bicycles and someone had agreed to offer me some free advice. Getting on the Serotta Fit Kit bike would have cost money anyway.

After that, boss man found a cycling coach who spent some time with me explaining cleat placement and saddle position. Most of what I learned about bike fit was from him. I forgot his name but he was quoting Andy Pruitt who he had worked with. I've seen Andy Pruitt on TV talking about handlebar position, so between the two of them, I think I have a have pretty good idea about setting up my bicycle to fit me.

I learn from Bike Forums as well.

I think paying for a bike fit is a good idea for a lot of people.
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