So yeah, i saw your other thread about shopping for a bike in Road, and came back here to see if you saw my comment.
I'm saying, you should pay the money to have a fit to prepare you to buy a new bike. When I was shopping for a time trial bike, I paid $200 to have a fit done, (specialized dealer, body geometry fitter with a lot of experience). it was done on a bike that was sort of close to the right size that the shop had on hand (substitute your current road bike here) - and what I came out with was a measurement of Reach and Stack for what my target frame size is. I bought a (different) bike based on those measurements. Then I took it back to that fitter and had a minor adjustment fit on that new frame (about $50 I think). Then I road it for a half a year, and took it to a different fitter (Retul) and had a totally new fit done with a different crank installed (needed shorter cranks to get lower).... That was $350.
After all that, the time and money I spent on each and every one of those experiences is THE BEST TIME AND MONEY I COULD SPEND towards a bike. (this is not counting the 3 medical bike fites I've had on my road bike, also all totally worth it).
In contrast, before all this fitting, I had 2 mountain bikes and 1 road bike that did not fit me and that I hated before I finally wised up and got professional fitting help, and got bikes that fit me. Now THOSE bikes were a waste of money and time.
Finally - don't just go to your LBS, ask your picky, high-end-bike-owning, racing/long distance friends who their fitters were and if they liked them. There should be a ton of options in LA. Shop for a fitter like you are shopping for any other high-paid service professional - ask for recommendations, evaluate qualifications.
Originally Posted by valygrl
Ok, so I totally did not see this reply and if you were following the other thread you know that I already bought a bike. Its been fitted by LBS and I have no idea their level of expertise, although I know fitting is something they pride themselves on.
Should I get an expert fitting immediately or ride the new bike for a few weeks?
Ok, I did my first group ride today & I had a really great time. My training schedule was all messed up already this week, with taking 4 days off and then mostly using yesterday to bike shopping (between test rides and my rushed ride before sunset, I managed to squeeze in 35 mi or so). So I decided to just write this whole week off and try the group thing.
Originally Posted by the fly
Its a group of recreational cyclists, mostly women, who do no-drop rides at 13-15 mph which is just my pace but with about twice as much climbing as I usually do. Very nice group of people. Today's ride got messed up a bit by crazy winds racing down the canyon the group intended to climb. Appartantly aborting the plan is extremely uncommon but really the situation was unsafe. So we rode off to a more sheltered area, but still a nice route, someplace I'd never have gone by myself. In the end, between riding to and from the meeting point, I managed to get in 46 mi today. So this week, I'm way off track for my mileage goals but overall the experience was well worth it.
Now I have a real challenge in figuring out how to ride with this group and still meet my other objectives, schedule-wise. But I enjoyed it enough that I'll try to make it work.
Thanks for the advice, you and the twenty other people here on these forums who told me the same thing.
I suggest riding the new bike on at least a couple long rides to see how that feels before a pro fit. See if you feel you need anything a little different. You might have some different muscle sensations during or after, but these aren't necessarily a bad thing. You might just be adjusting to the new bike. Still, something to talk about with the fitter. I prefer to test ride even a saddle on a century, just to see if it's really my fit. Same with any change in fit. Fast descents, out of saddle climbs, long seated climbs, long flat work, traffic: how does all that feel? Good sensations? Is the gearing right?
Good that you had fun with the group. A group that you like is a wonderful thing.