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    How long before you are fully adjusted into the new fit?

    Hi,

    Quick question: how long before you are fully “transitioned” into the new fitted bike?

    Here’s my background:

    I think I’m somewhat flexible (swimming and running are my other disciplines, and I try to stay flexible by stretching at least twice a week), and I’ve been riding my road bike consistently the last 2 years.

    Here’s my issue:

    I’m experiencing soreness in my lower back when I do sustained climbs, my knees make popping sounds (albeit hollow) the first 5 minutes of riding, and I think there’s a little bruise forming on the inside lower part of my right knee after long rides.

    My concern:

    How long before I get fully adjusted to the new fit, assuming my issue above can be fixed by a fit?

    Thanks.

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    Hard to answer. If it's a knee issue even after a proper fit it takes time for swelling to go down, etc. For back issues, should be immediate I would think. If it is fit issue, and not poor core muscle conditioning.
    Quote Originally Posted by 1jacktripper View Post
    Hi,

    Quick question: how long before you are fully “transitioned” into the new fitted bike?

    Here’s my background:

    I think I’m somewhat flexible (swimming and running are my other disciplines, and I try to stay flexible by stretching at least twice a week), and I’ve been riding my road bike consistently the last 2 years.

    Here’s my issue:

    I’m experiencing soreness in my lower back when I do sustained climbs, my knees make popping sounds (albeit hollow) the first 5 minutes of riding, and I think there’s a little bruise forming on the inside lower part of my right knee after long rides.

    My concern:

    How long before I get fully adjusted to the new fit, assuming my issue above can be fixed by a fit?

    Thanks.
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    Did you just get a new bike? If so, do you still have the old one? If so, and the old bike fit well try replicating the position of the old bike.

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    Umney:

    Core issue: I've considered that too, but I really feel like I've been putting a lot of time developing my core, so, for vanity sake, I probably will strike that out.

    Knee issue: This one physically bothers me the least, but mentally is on my mind as I would hate to think that my knees are planning mutiny. I will indeed bring that up as a top concern with Curtis (fit specialist suggested elsewhere in the NorCal forum).

    Back issue: That's great to hear. It would be nice to not feel that little tightening in the back when I climb.

    Blast:

    Sorry, should have been more clear; it is a bike I've had for 2 years, as a replacement for an old bike stolen. It is a customized bike, but I don't think the fitting is quite right just yet as I've noticed more of these issues this year as I'm putting in more intensity in the training.

    My concern is that I'm planning on doing a half ironman the second week of September, and don't want to do a fitting until after the first weekend of August (I have a full ironman), so I'm wondering if I should go ahead and do the fitting in that tight window, or should I just wait until after the half ironman is over.

    My soap opera.

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    According to Curtis' website (I think that's where I saw it), you should give two weeks to adjust to each adjustment in fit.
    Last edited by BlastRadius; 07-21-07 at 10:26 PM.

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    Thanks, Blast! That's what I am going to do, then. I can't wait to see Curtis and report back the results.

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    Lower back: Stretch your hamstrings! If they are tight they will "pull" on your lower back.

    I used to be a hurdler, and now I ride bikes. I have short legs with big hamstrings, so I have always had to maintain a schedule of frequent stretching. When I first came back to cycling a few months ago, I hadn't been stretching, and my lower back would literally make me have to stop after 20 miles or so. Now that I keep my Hams stretched, and ride everyday (acclimated to riding position), I NEVER get back pain.

    Knees: The two biggest factors here are (1) Saddle fore-aft adjustment (don't always go with KOP or "by-the-book" standards). Try moving the saddle back 0.5-1 cm and see what effect it has. If its worse try the same amount of adjustment forward of the previous setting. Number (2) is pedal float and cleat position. The ball of your foot should be over the pedal axle. Also the rotation of the cleat should allow for your natural foot rotation to not be bound by the constrains of your pedal float (ex. Some ride more heels-out, some ride more heels-in).

    Good luck!

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    general rule -- ride easy for two weeks, then go back and make adjustments (they should be free). fit specialists always say that approximately 2 weeks is the time for body to adjust and for fit to "brake".

    Easy riding means no racing, no hard climbs, good pace though.

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