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Old 03-04-07, 02:50 PM
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HELP! Chicago area fitting...

As some of you may remember, my girlfriend wants to get into cycling with me. I learned some lessons doing this all on my own so with her, especially with her (so she has no reasons to want to give it up) i want to do this all right. So i want to have her properly fit for a bicycle.

I live about 30 min's from Rockford and about an hour (with traffic) from the north side. Specifically Woodstock Illinois. There are a few shops around here but none of them will do a fitting properly. My first "fitting" involved nothing more then "Here, stand over this one...yup, that's about right". We both have spring break next week and we want to get it done then so we can start looking around for bikes.

So, i'm looking for a reputable fitter in the Chicago area, doesn't really matter where...if we have to go into the city all the better
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Old 03-04-07, 03:19 PM
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Elgin - Mission Bay http://missionbaymultisport.com/

Evanston - Turin Bikes http://turinbicycle.com/

Also, do a search in the Great Lakes forum, I think this has been asked.
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+1 on Mission Bay. That's not a bad trip from Woodstock at all. IL-47 south down to US-20 east (left), hop off at McLean north (left), then a right at the first light. Mission Bay is about 1/4 mile on the left.
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97
+1 on Mission Bay. That's not a bad trip from Woodstock at all. IL-47 south down to US-20 east (left), hop off at McLean north (left), then a right at the first light. Mission Bay is about 1/4 mile on the left.
ask for Aaron
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Originally Posted by dekalbSTEEL
ask for Aaron
aaron definitely knows his stuff....and bill is quite the character. i'm headed there this tuesday. gonna buy me a roadie! yippee.



the people at www.kegelsbmx.com in rockford on charles street (next to east high school) are ok too. i bought my 7300 there. i don't think any have been to fitting school out west. however, they offer a decent range of makes (specialized, trek, giant, orbea, etc). the guys that work there are pretty cool to deal with. they're really flexible.

another shop i really like is mill race cyclery. not the one in geneva! the one in oswego. there is a tech there that knows more about bikes than anyone i've ever met. oswego is a long haul from you tho. luckily, i can ride there when i'm looking for parts or need a tune up.
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I've made the trip to elgin many of times (don't ask...). Sounds good.
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+ uh 4 or 5 for Mission Bay. BTW - Bike Rack in St Charles has the Fit Kit system.
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Get A Grip Cycles just opened what they call "the Midwest's first fitting studio" on Fulton in the West Loop/River West area. I see it on my commute home. It opened over the weekend, I believe. Looks like a nice place. I can't speak to their fitting skills.

http://www.getagripcycles.com/
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You can go to Kegel's in Rockford, over on Charles Street, they charge $85 for the fitting, but will put it towards the bike if you buy it there. I don't remember the name of what they use, but it's got some kind of laser thing or something.
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And if you're going to try St. Charles, you're already most of the way to Oswego.
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Originally Posted by pgaulrapp
And if you're going to try St. Charles, you're already most of the way to Oswego.
Ahh, but i plan on seeing some family in wheaton this next week...could make a trip out of it
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I would have to recommend Get a Grip. I went in for a fitting at their Fulton fitting studio, and received a great fit. They are Serotta advanced trained, and very meticulous. The fit included a quick interview about what type of cycling I do, and my near and long term goals. Kevin also took some measurements, and tested flexibility. Then, they put me on the size cycle and dialed in my fit. Only after all that was done did he turn to the bike itself, and figure out what needed to be done to make it conform to the fit measurements.

The fit on my bike is very good now, and I can guarantee that if you go in, you won't be disappointed.
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Hi all, I'm the girlfriend that is getting fitted! guess we are taking a little road trip over break huh Tim!
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
+ uh 4 or 5 for Mission Bay. BTW - Bike Rack in St Charles has the Fit Kit system.
Don't they just do recumbents?
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Originally Posted by atomship47
aaron definitely knows his stuff....and bill is quite the character. i'm headed there this tuesday. gonna buy me a roadie! yippee.



the people at www.kegelsbmx.com in rockford on charles street (next to east high school) are ok too. i bought my 7300 there. i don't think any have been to fitting school out west. however, they offer a decent range of makes (specialized, trek, giant, orbea, etc). the guys that work there are pretty cool to deal with. they're really flexible.

another shop i really like is mill race cyclery. not the one in geneva! the one in oswego. there is a tech there that knows more about bikes than anyone i've ever met. oswego is a long haul from you tho. luckily, i can ride there when i'm looking for parts or need a tune up.
What are you getting?
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What 's the value of a formal fitting versus working with an experienced (ridden on a pro team) cyclist. Is the time, assuming a fitting isn't available locally, and money worth it?
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Originally Posted by Meghan
Hi all, I'm the girlfriend that is getting fitted! guess we are taking a little road trip over break huh Tim!
Welcome to the board, Meghan!

You two will need to keep an eye out for rides with the forum folks.
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Originally Posted by dekalbSTEEL
Don't they just do recumbents?
- Well...I can't really say much. the only thing anyone in my family has bought from them....is a recumbent.

When I got to town though I did look to find someone using the Fit Kit, and found that they were. I confirmed that with a visit at one point. Say what you want about fit systems, but I have my Fit Kit print-out from 1989 and it still serves as a wicked baseline.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001
+ uh 4 or 5 for Mission Bay. BTW - Bike Rack in St Charles has the Fit Kit system.
The Bike Rack also has a Serotta fitcycle. Lance has been trained at Serotta.

http://thebikerack.com/index.cfm

They pretty much do any kind of bike, not just recumbents. I and many club members have bought several rodies from them.
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Originally Posted by dekalbSTEEL
What are you getting?
felt z35 if bill is willing to swap out the bb, crankset and wheel set without adding much to the price

or

pilot 5.0

or

scott cr1 team
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Bike Rack in St Charles has the Fit Kit system
i'm not going to slam the lbs in st charles. however, i'll give my opinion....i won't buy a bike from there.

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Originally Posted by Shemp
What 's the value of a formal fitting versus working with an experienced (ridden on a pro team) cyclist. Is the time, assuming a fitting isn't available locally, and money worth it?
i don't have enough experience to say.

however, from what little experience i do have, i'll say this....

an experienced rider who is knowledgable about bike "mechanics" and has some ingenuity is more important to me than someone who takes good notes in school. bill at mission bay told me he's gone to many fitting schools but nothing beats experience and having a good head on your shoulders. aaron has been to fitting school. AND when we couldn't figure out what i needed to make a cross bike fit me...aaron said, "let's try a couple of things different." he went up a size and tweaked a couple of things and whammo...the bike felt great.
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Originally Posted by atomship47
i'm not going to slam the lbs in st charles. however, i'll give my opinion....i won't buy a bike from there.
Why is that?
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Originally Posted by BetweenRides
Why is that?
i'm not going to slam them. i just visited there twice and decided i'd rather not buy a bike from there.
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Wheelwerks in nearby Crystal Lake -- Bob Olsen is magic. he's out this week fitting at Lon Haldeman's Arizona camp -- but he's worth waiting for til next week. www.wheelwerksbikes.com
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