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Dissapointed in several LBO's defination of Basic Bike Fit

Old 09-30-14, 04:09 PM
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Dissapointed in several LBO's defination of Basic Bike Fit

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I was going to purchase my bike from a local Bike shop. I went to 4 or 5 in the NW/Central Phoenix area. One of the reasons I as told to buy from a LBS was the service in adjusting the bike to my needs.

My idea of what a basic fit was, to put me on a trainer and have me peddle and adjust the seat height, the seat forward and backwards and handle bar reach. It turns out that the definition of a basic fit here in Phoenix is to visually raise the seat what they think is the appropriate height, have me ride around the parking lot and then maybe lower or raise the seat height if needed then send me on my way.

Personally, I really do not think that is "service", especially when I am paying $1,000 plus for a bike, not including the extras. I would expect a little more in measuring department.

They said I could pay a "Bike Fit" expert if I feel I need any additional adjustments then the visual inspection.

So I just put down money on a bike via the web. They are an establish LBS out in Minnesota, called "Eriks Bike Shop.". So I bought a Carbon Bike from them, its a Masi Premaire Pc2, with the Tiagra 6 components. I goggled reviews about the bike shop and it has many positive things to say about their customer services.

I will make my own minimal adjustment to set height at first, then take it in to have a professional fit.
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Wow,

spend a grand and get a bike worth a grand.

Basic fit is just that. You seem to want a professional fitting, that is usually about a $100. Perhaps a consultation is in order BEFORE you decide on what kind of bike to consider...

It's your responsibility to know what you want... I prefer a stretched out bike, like a tourer, with handlebars about even with the seat... So if I was buying a bike, that's the bikes I would try.

So, what do you want in a bike?
How will you use it?
Do you have any limitations/injuries/restrictions?
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Oh and your fit will change as you change.
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That's all you're going to get with a purchase for free.

A basic fit on a trainer will take an hour or hour and a half and require one of the more experienced and trained employees to do it.

I just got refit because I bought new shoes that were very different from what I was using and it cost $100.

I didn't want to adjust front end, so we did seat height and setback to get knee over spindle and knee angle correct, cleat fore/aft position as well a RAD to get cleat angle set correctly. These were all very minor adjustments, biggest change was seat moved forward a few cm.
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The shop I work at - Folsom Bike (Folsom, CA) includes what we consider a basic 4-point fit with the purchase of a new bike.

- Saddle height
- Saddle fore/aft position
- Stem, Hood, Handlebar positioning

We set the bike up on a trainer and a normal fit is anywhere from 20-45 minutes based on how many (or few) questions the customer has during the fit. Most (90%+) of our fits are done on the same visit when the bike is purchased. All of the sales reps perform them and go through significant shadowing with an experienced sales rep before being released to do their own. I shadowed 20+ fits before I was allowed to do them solo.

We partner with a professional bike fitter for people that are looking for more involved fitting requirements.
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