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Bike fit at home

Old 05-09-15, 09:42 PM
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Bike fit at home

How can I do bike fit at home properly?

I do not have rollers or trainers or anything like that to keep my bike upright. Any quick DIY solution or alternate methods?
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Here's my method: Ride bike, adjust seat height, ride, adjust seat forward, ride, adjust seat back, ride, adjust handlebar tilt, ride, adjust seat height again, ride, buy a new seat, ride, take seat back, buy 2 seats at once, ride each seat, take one back, ride, buy shorter stem, ride, adjust seat back and up, ride, adjust seat forward, return that seat and go back to the original one, ride, go back to original stem....granted, this takes about 17 months, and you'll still be looking fir a better fit....but you will have ridden a lot...
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Originally Posted by Remian8985
How can I do bike fit at home properly?

I do not have rollers or trainers or anything like that to keep my bike upright. Any quick DIY solution or alternate methods?
Originally Posted by Remian8985
How can I do bike fit at home properly?

I do not have rollers or trainers or anything like that to keep my bike upright. Any quick DIY solution or alternate methods?
Although most will argue against it, I did it. If you like to tinker it's not difficult. You will need some patience, so NO there is no "quick" way. There are some basic adjustments you are shooting for - leg extension, reach, saddle position/angle, etc. You can Google and get multiple ways to measure it all. You will not get it right the first time - and most likely neither would a fitter. Carry some basic tools on your rides so you can stop and tweak something if you need to. It took me about 4 weeks to get it all right. The only thing I changed was getting a shorter stem. Everything else was adjustments - seat height, seat fore/aft, seat angle, handlebar angle, hood position.

The one thing I learned out of the exercise is sometimes just 1/8" adjustment is all it takes.

It is a good skill to know. You will learn your bike better. Also down the road if you change out a component you may need to go thru the process again and you will be ready. Have some fun with it.
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A trainer really helps but you can do it while riding as well.

I spent about a week getting my new Brooks Flyer just right, and that's just a seat, so prepare to be patient, and as mikiek said, sometimes a tiny adjustment is all you need...
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