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Having a bike fit after 100 miles or so?

Old 04-06-08, 11:12 AM
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Having a bike fit after 100 miles or so?

I have just read in another thread the need to have a bike fit after riding it for a bit. What is done to the bike at this stage that isn't done when the bike is purchased?
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a lot of times a bike is fit when purchased..but you can do it later as you describe as well....doing it later gives the rider a chance to get a feel for the bike/fit so you could give some feedback to the fitter on how things feel and they could make adjustments based on that info.
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Well, that and cable stretch. Sometimes new cables stretch a bit after use. I'd assume they'd do a little tuning too and don't want it to get out of whack right away.
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
What is done to the bike at this stage that isn't done when the bike is purchased?
The stem could be adjusted and/or replaced, along with changing the saddle height and fore-aft adjustment. You might even be able to try different handlebars if you don't like the ones that came with the bike.

The extra ride time lets you figure out where your body feels the best, such as where your butt sits on the saddle, where your hands want to naturally fall on the bars, etc. You'll also figure out what hurts and what you'd try to do to compensate; sometimes you can say, "My ___ hurts," and the fitter will know exactly what to change.
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Yeah. I'd take notes of where your body hurts during/after your ride. Make them specific.

Ex.

Bad: My knee hurts.
Good: My knee hurts on the on the inside of my leg.

Etc.

Good luck getting a good fit. It's really important to have a good fit done. Otherwise, riding fun isn't so much fun after all.
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I test rode a Tarmac and my hands hurt from using the hoods, I wonder what caused that. The dealer said you'll get used to it and another said it's because you have lower back problems.
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Originally Posted by round-the-bend View Post
I test rode a Tarmac and my hands hurt from using the hoods, I wonder what caused that. The dealer said you'll get used to it and another said it's because you have lower back problems.
Those don't sound like good explanations. Your hands hurt because of your back? How much pressure were you putting on you hands? I think it would have more to do with the angle of the hoods.
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