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    San Diego bike fitters

    Anyone have any suggestions for a professional fitter in San Diego? Mostly I want to try out one of those seat measuring things or even a shop that lets you try out a saddles. I like my Brooks and is very comfortable, but it looks rediculous on my new bike. I'd hate to go out and spend $100 on a new seat and end up hating it. Suggestions?
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    I know that B&L has professional fitting services. Also, I believe that they have demo saddles for the entire range from Specialized.

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    You could try Nytro in Encinitas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robertkat View Post
    I know that B&L has professional fitting services. Also, I believe that they have demo saddles for the entire range from Specialized.
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    Schedule an appointment with Dano (Dan Rock). He is a great fitter, tons of experience working with pros and the rest of us. They have a bunch of saddles and the Specialized device to measure your sitbones. Worked for me!

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    +1 on B&L. I used to ride a Brooks too, but I figured it couldn't hurt to at least try these new seats fresh out of the Ergonomics revolution. After trying 6 different Specialized saddles and in varying widths, I finally found one that is the apple of my @$$'s eye.
    I felt a little like I was exploiting B&L's generous saddle exchange program, and the different managers usually smirked when they saw "that saddle exchanging dude" coming back for a fresh one, but they never gave me any guff and I was careful to return the saddles with no marks at all on the rails, and re-zip-tied to their packaging.

    Take your time and don't rush. I found some that were great, and I was tempted to simply stick with them; but why settle for a saddle that merely feels great if you can try out one that's even better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    +1 on B&L. I used to ride a Brooks too, but I figured it couldn't hurt to at least try these new seats fresh out of the Ergonomics revolution. After trying 6 different Specialized saddles and in varying widths, I finally found one that is the apple of my @$$'s eye.
    I felt a little like I was exploiting B&L's generous saddle exchange program, and the different managers usually smirked when they saw "that saddle exchanging dude" coming back for a fresh one, but they never gave me any guff and I was careful to return the saddles with no marks at all on the rails, and re-zip-tied to their packaging.

    Take your time and don't rush. I found some that were great, and I was tempted to simply stick with them; but why settle for a saddle that merely feels great if you can try out one that's even better?
    Were you happy with the Brooks? Mine is great, just looks rediculous on my bike. What saddle did you end up with? Do you have to agree to eventually buy one of their seats in order to try them out?
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    I was absolutely happy with my Brooks, and back then I believed it was the end-all-be-all of comfort. I only tried the Specialized seats because I figured the whole Ergonomics revolution had probably made a few positive changes in seat technology during my 7 years on the Brooks. I even liked the way it looked on my bike:



    I ended up with the Specialized Avatar, but I didn't mention that because I didn't want to sway your opinion one way or the other. Try ALL of them. I even tried 2 more saddles after the Avatar, but came back to it. I was even a little disappointed because they don't make the Avatar with Ti rails, and some of the other (Alias I think it was) was almost as perfect, but I figured I'd be able to lose a lot more than 20-40grams in body weight if my saddle was as comfortable as it could possibly be. As far as "looking" ridiculous, who cares?! Most of your time on the bike will be spent sitting on that seat, so no one can see it anyway. I wouldn't care if my Avatar looked like a pumpkin; comfort uber alles!

    (Although I figured as long as they were available in white, I'd get one for my Peloton to0.)


    And yes, you must buy a saddle before you can enter into their exchange program. I tried some Specialized saddles that were nearly $200, but ended up going with one less than $80 because my bum liked it better. Good luck and let us know how it works out for you.

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    Dan Rock at B&L in Solana Beach is highly recommended. Andrew Lee at Adams Avenue Bicycles is your best bet in metro San Diego. You could also contact Eddie B. in Ramona or meet him at the track when he is training his masters riders.

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    Try Eric at SD Roadbikefit He has an awesome reputation...

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    How much on average do these guys charge? How long were your sessions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar27 View Post
    Try Eric at SD Roadbikefit He has an awesome reputation...
    +1 for this guy as well-- good guy, good local reputation, friendly and mobile. What more could you want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdgrannygear View Post
    How much on average do these guys charge? How long were your sessions?
    The guy who initially fit me, worked at Hi-Tech Bikes. It was many years ago. I think his name was Andrew. It took about an hour and a half to get me dialed in and cost about $150.00. And boy was it worth it. Up until that point, I thought I had knee problems. After that fitting, I realized I just had fit problems.
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