Light Makes Right
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Green Mountain, Colorado
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Originally Posted by Okieslims
I'm having a bit of a problem with finding my correct fit. When I was ipmba certified they put me on a bike and had me sitting really high and clipping in. When I went to my LBS, they wanted to put me on something that allowed me to put my feet down easily while sitting on the saddle. Needless to say, I'm confused. I thought there was only one way to fit somebody to a bike. I also thought that fitting somebody properly meant that their leg was almost straight when they were in the saddle and the pedal was at the bottom of it's rotation. If thats the case, touching the ground comfortably with both feet while in the saddle isnt an option.
So who was right? My LBS or my IPMBA instructor? Thanks
Your IPMBA instructor. Fitting someone so they can put their foot down while sitting is just plain dumb. I guess it's good for somebody who doesn't know how to ride a bike very well - that's how I initially fit my 4-year-old to his bike - but lousy for someone who does know how to ride. Exactly how high the seat should be is a matter for debate and depends on your physiology, what you're doing with the bike, etc. but is ALWAYS in relation to the pedals, not the ground!
Either the guy at the shop didn't know what he was doing, or they have trained him to do that so they don't get sued when somebody isn't good enough on the bike to hop off the saddle when stopping and falls over and gets hurt.
edit: just reread the OP - BOTH feet COMFORTABLY on the ground? You gotta be friggin' kidding me! That's a sure recipe for knee pain unless you're doing downhill or hucking or something like that where you're never sitting anyway......that's just an incredibly bad way to fit someone on a bike!
Last edited by GV27; 08-03-07 at 08:16 AM.