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bike fit before or after shopping for particular bike

Old 08-15-10, 08:49 PM
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bike fit before or after shopping for particular bike

Well, i am in the market for a new bike. I have been riding a BD fantom cross bike this year and have had very good success with it, but am concerned about the abuse it will take this year in my (first) cyclocross season. It's also nice to have a 'rainy day' bike. plus, new bikes are fun and sexy.

I am very happy with my finalized fit on my 64cm moto. I have been looking at specialized bikes because the secteur comes in a 64cm frame (in the comp group set). But also had a 61cm set up with same geometry to test ride alongside the 64 because one had carbon seatstays and one didn't and i wanted to see if i could feel the difference.

anyhow, on to my question. Did you guys and gals get a bike fit (on one of those trainer bikes hooked up to the computer) before shopping? I was thinking that the LBS could set me up on the serotta system and let me know what specific geometry and measurements i would need, and i would look for bikes that fit that bill. While on the other hand, purchasing a bike and having it adjusted to fit.


Cliffs notes: Better to pick a bike and get it fitted, or get measured/fit on a pro-fit type system and shop for bikes with the recommended measurements?
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Old 08-17-10, 05:14 PM
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anyone? it seems like anyone who buys a bike without a fitter gets the old 'go get fit for a bike'... am trying to do things the best way here, and was curious what others thought... fitting me to a bike or fitting a bike to me, or is there no best way?
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In my experience the geometry varies so dramatically from make to make you should choose the bike first then get fitted for the right size. If I took any notice of what I read or what people told me about what size bike I should get I would have bought the wrong size. Every indicator said that I should get a 50cm but when it came down to it I ended up with a 52cm. I don't believe that a 50cm would have been a disaster but it wouldn't have been quite right.
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Hi Tech fit systems. is a whole business of its own,

i tended to, when I worked in bike shops, neighborhood not pro racer clientèle.

eyeball what someone looked like in the posture they chose to ride in , and then ask how that felt, make suggestions..

Now with threadless stems , that component of fit adjustment is fast to change-out.
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