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Old 04-29-09, 02:16 PM   #1
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Bike Fitters in Seattle Area?

Does anyone have recommendations for a bike shop in the Seattle area that can provide assistance with a bike fitting. I'm hoping to break into touring this summer but have had problems in the past with cramping in my quads and it was suggested that my riding position might be a contributing factor. I set the bike up (Novarra Randonee) based on the various guidelines but have never had a genuine fitting. Lance Armstrong I'm not but I think a professional fitting would probably be worthwhile. I certainly don't mind paying for the service if I'm dealing with someone who is competent. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 04-29-09, 02:48 PM   #2
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Here are some recommendations in no particular order:
- REI
- CycleU http://cycleuniversity.com/
- a friend of mine...Kenny Williams http://kwcycling.com/?page_id=7
- and some guys I ride/race with HSP http://www.herriottsportsperformance.com/

Most bike shops will fit you but if you have a special need, I would recommend the specialists like Kenny and Herriott as they ride & understand cyclists very well.
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Old 04-29-09, 09:40 PM   #3
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Thanks jazzy! I'm just coming off knee surgery but as soon as I can get back in the saddle I'll check them out.
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Old 04-29-09, 09:51 PM   #4
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Another that I've seen recommended a lot is Corpore Sano Eric Moen an actual physical therapist and he seems to have quite the resume. Just another option for ya.
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Another that I've seen recommended a lot is Corpore Sano Eric Moen an actual physical therapist and he seems to have quite the resume. Just another option for ya.
This is the name I've seen most frequently mentioned at the Cascade.org website.
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Old 04-29-09, 10:07 PM   #6
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Erik Moen rocks.

Note that as a PT, if you are having pain his services may be covered under insurance (it's covered under mine).

Erik will do bike adjustments and he will also likely do body adjustments - exercise and stretches that you can do.

He helped me out a bunch.
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For touring and LD riding, I always recommend Rick Olsen at Sammamish Valley Cycles in Redmond. They're the local rando shop, and Rick does a great job of fitting people who are planning to spend 10+ hours a day on their bike.
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Old 04-30-09, 11:54 AM   #8
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Hey - Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the information. It looks like I've got a number of well qualified options. It will be a month or so before I can start riding again which is really killing me given the good weather we're finally having.
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At Veloce Velo in Issaquah we have been very successful with the Cyfac Postural System. It takes accurate measurements of your body's geometry, loads them into a computer, and then produces the optimal measurements for your desired style of riding. It is very efficient, and in our testing we have found that it produces practically the same results as an intensive 2-3 hour fit session. Please check us out at www.velocevelo.com and the system at http://www.veloeuropa.com/cyfacps/cyfacps.html

Good luck on the recovery!
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Thanks ghunter - I'll definitely check out your web site. With luck I'll be back up to speed and on the road again by early July.
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I got a bike fit covered by my insurance as part of physical therapy for back and neck pain from Real Rehab. Izette Swan, who does the fittings, is a bike coach and racer. My doctor at the sports medicine clinic gave me referral.
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If you haven't already made a decision, I went to Craig Undem at Cycle U and I've never had problems with my fit. His studio is right by the Cascade Bicycle Club office in Magnuson Park and it cost me around $150.
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Rascale - thanks for the tip. I'm currently working with a sports medicine clinic and I'll see if they might be able to refer me under my insurance, otherwise I'll just cover it. It looks like it will be June before I can start riding again and then only on flats for a while - aarrgghhh!

Rupert - thanks for the recommendation. I had no idea there were so many resources in the area to turn to for this. Looks like I should have explored it a long time ago. It will be a while before I can make any decisions who to go with as I'll need to be able to get back on my bike first. However, the information everyone has provided is terrific and greatly appreciated.
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Aarons (www.rideyourbike.com) in West Seattle has the "Bike Fit" program. Very professional and can get you set up.
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Thanks yoderman - Aarons looks like a very comprehensive and thoroughly professional operation. Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions!
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