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Old 10-24-17, 09:19 AM
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Resources for bike fitting

I snagged a used Guru Crono Ultegra at a ridiculously low price but the few times I rode it (before winter kicks in) I felt shoulder and neck pain after being in the aero position for long periods of time (~every 10-20 miles). I wonder if something is off with the fit of the width of the arm pads+aero extensions. Are there good resources online to better dial in upper body fit for aero bars, or would it be worth it to go to a LBS/Tri shop and get it fit there?

I did a triathlon in the summer and plan on doing much more in the future.
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Old 10-24-17, 01:18 PM
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Go to a decent bike shop and they'll do a proper fit. It may cost a few dollars but it will be worth every penny.
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Old 10-24-17, 01:42 PM
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Probably will cost you the same amount a single entry fee, if you are doing half/full tris. Seems like a no-brainer if you are in pain on the bike part and plan on doing them for a while longer, to not ruin race results for an event that costs as much as a fitting.

Then again, if you snagged the bike on a deal, are you sure it actually fits you?
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Old 10-24-17, 01:55 PM
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trainer stand, you on the bike, and someone asking you questions about how your fit feels,

changing the stem , moving seat, etc, then asking again..



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Old 10-24-17, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Probably will cost you the same amount a single entry fee, if you are doing half/full tris. Seems like a no-brainer if you are in pain on the bike part and plan on doing them for a while longer, to not ruin race results for an event that costs as much as a fitting.

Then again, if you snagged the bike on a deal, are you sure it actually fits you?
Good point. I'm not 100% sure about if this bike even fits me properly, but initial impressions feel pretty good, which is why I initially made the purchase. I'm a pretty small person, 5'3" with a 28" inseam and this 50cm bike's previous owner was someone approximately the same size as me. This is also why I'd want to know if there are some initial tests I can do myself before spending additional $$ to get fit at a LBS.
In terms of initial riding impressions, my saddle height/crank length seems pretty fit. Not too sure about reach/stem length. No idea how to adjust elbow/forearm pad width and aero bar width/length at all.
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Originally Posted by Kuakeye View Post
No idea how to adjust elbow/forearm pad width and aero bar width/length at all.
I personally went with an (well actually, a whole variety) of online guides to get it setup the first time I did a bike, but ever since I just get on the trail, ride for a few miles, make an adjustment, and repeat until I get it where I like. I'm not in an aggressive competition pose, though, so I probably have more tolerance for slop in my positioning.
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Old 10-24-17, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Go to a decent bike shop and they'll do a proper fit. It may cost a few dollars but it will be worth every penny.
Decent Bike Shop = Decent Bike Fitter is not a proven equation.
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Old 10-24-17, 06:36 PM
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Go get a proper fit. I bought a used Felt DA, which was the correct size for me, but it was set up for the prior owner and was uncomfortable after about 10 miles or so. After a good fit and a new saddle I have no problems at all with long and half course tris.

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