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Proper bike fit?

Old 11-25-08, 01:51 PM
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Proper bike fit?

New racing season is coming soon and I'm trying to figure out what changes I could do to my bike to help me be more competitive. Of course engine first...

I've never had a bike fit before and wondering if I'll see some sort of benefit from it.

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Old 11-25-08, 01:52 PM
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Absolutely. Get it done.
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Old 11-25-08, 01:55 PM
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Lance Armstrong is still messing with his bike fit.

If it's important to him, it should be important to you.

But don't just hand over the responsibility to some coach. Learn all you can and learn to fit yourself. But a second opinion can be helpful.
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Old 11-25-08, 08:17 PM
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Eddy M constantly tweaked his positioning. He was never satisfied.

At the least you will be more comfortable and efficient on your bike. You should also be a bit faster just from the comfort and efficiency level.
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Old 11-25-08, 08:39 PM
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Just post a picture of yourself here. This forum will have you dialed-in in no time.
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Old 11-25-08, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Kai Winters View Post
Eddy M constantly tweaked his positioning. He was never satisfied.

At the least you will be more comfortable and efficient on your bike. You should also be a bit faster just from the comfort and efficiency level.
As Kai points-out, Eddy knew that the person he should trust most about his fit on the bike was himself.

Most people get a fit because they either think they are in the wrong position or they think there's a better one out there. If that's the case, then why didn't they try some adjustments on their own?

You'll quickly see a pattern that the typical ``hardcore rider'' only gets minor adjustments so they are already in the ballpark and could easily have experimented more if they were just willing to give it a try.

Yeah, I'm the Devil's advocate. Someone has to do it.
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EM was a trend setter in fit. He was always searching for the "best" position but never seemed to achieve it. He was also very experienced and had a much better handle on fit than the average person so I would not recommend the average person finding their own fit.
Based on EM and others we have a variety of "fit" systems...Fit Kit, my favorite, Serotta fit cycle, etc...and people trained to use them. A person trained and skilled in fitting a person to a bike will make a big difference compared to what the average person can do. It also takes a bit of time...not so much for the fit but for the body and the mind to adjust to the changes.
A skilled fit person will take the time to watch your body mechanics as you pedal, I used a wind trainer when prepping for a customer's fitting, such things as knee motion, etc. as well as body position will make a big difference when starting the fit measurements and adjustments.
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Old 11-25-08, 09:53 PM
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I rode for a few years without a bike fit, a few weeks ago I got fitted and its like night and day. It didn't make me faster (though it can) but it made me more comfortable which translates to more miles on the bike in a comfort zone.
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