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Do you fit your bike your self or leave it to the professionals

Old 08-25-11, 06:57 PM
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Do you fit your bike your self or leave it to the professionals

I am wondering what the percentage is of people who fit their bikes themselves to the people who trust and stick with the fits they get from professionals.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:30 PM
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I've always wondered this.

I'm on a hybrid at the moment that I bought off the shop floor...walked out and caught the train home. Spent the next few months fiddling with seat position, post height, cleat position, etc...still not completely sure I've got it right...been through sore knees (first at the front...then at the back), sore ankle, sort foot on the outside...seem to have it sorted now though.

BUT...I pickup my new road bike today (in 4.5hours!) and I'm getting a professional fitting done...see how it goes. Maybe it'll blow my mind...but then again...maybe it wont...who knows.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:34 PM
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I fit myself but I have been riding for a while. I have never had full professional fit, not saying I never will but so far I haven't felt the need.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:43 PM
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Guru Fit Machine for me. Roy @ St. Pete Bicycle and Fitness is the man to see.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:46 PM
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I got the LBS fit when I got my first road bike and then got a couple pro-fits...From there I have experimented and have settled on my fit...
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Old 08-25-11, 07:52 PM
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Never had a pro fit. Going by what feels right has served me well so far.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:54 PM
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Unless I'm being fitted by someone that has been doing it for over 15 years and has served people in the pro peloton, I'll pass and do it myself.
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Old 08-25-11, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Lexi01 View Post
I've always wondered this.

I'm on a hybrid at the moment that I bought off the shop floor...walked out and caught the train home. Spent the next few months fiddling with seat position, post height, cleat position, etc...still not completely sure I've got it right...been through sore knees (first at the front...then at the back), sore ankle, sort foot on the outside...seem to have it sorted now though.

BUT...I pickup my new road bike today (in 4.5hours!) and I'm getting a professional fitting done...see how it goes. Maybe it'll blow my mind...but then again...maybe it wont...who knows.

if steve hogg is close by, get fit there.
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Old 08-25-11, 08:26 PM
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Why go for a professional fitting, when there are such great vids regarding fitting on YouTube?!
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Old 08-25-11, 08:45 PM
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After more than 40 years of riding, and having the important dimensions that I've moved from bike to bike, I do it myself.
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Old 08-25-11, 10:46 PM
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I got the pro fit a few years ago and have been doing my own slight post fit adjustments.
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Old 08-25-11, 10:59 PM
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Original fit (shims seat height and stem length are all the same )... saddle from the manu sucked, and the Al drop bar sucked... slowly working the stem down from flag pole status...
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I just set up 2 of my newest bikes. When I was done , I measured the one against the other just out of curiosity.......They were virtually identical! After 60 years of riding I trust myself much more than some HS dropout at the LBS....In fact , I trust myself more than the oldest "guru" at the LBS...
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Old 08-26-11, 12:22 AM
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Side question -

I always just do little adjustments here and there myself. But it usually takes going out to ride to see if it made an improvement. I do not own a trainer, so does anyone have any tricks on how else to steady the bike so you can just get onto it without having to ride around the block?
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Originally Posted by Handelfan View Post
Side question -

I always just do little adjustments here and there myself. But it usually takes going out to ride to see if it made an improvement. I do not own a trainer, so does anyone have any tricks on how else to steady the bike so you can just get onto it without having to ride around the block?
Why? You don't like riding? Seriously, no trainer will tell you if you are going to like it on the road!
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Old 08-26-11, 06:19 AM
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I got a pro fit when I first started riding road bikes. I think it was worth it because when you start off you don't know what to aim for and trial and error can take a while.

But now I know what position suits me, I set up each new bike myself - no need for a pro fit.
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Old 08-26-11, 06:28 AM
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When I started there was no Pro fit, so I have always done it myself.
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Old 08-26-11, 06:31 AM
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After 40 years of riding I have my "fit", as it is called these days, down pat.

And I dont ride "crits", I ride criteriums.

And when I assemble my bike it is not a "build".

That is all.
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Original fit 25 years ago was done with the help of a custom framebuilder who built my first custom frame.

Nowadays I know enough to do it myself.

I suggest the same to BFers - if you are a noob or have fit concerns, seek professional help....if you have been at it long enough you can probably DIY.
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Old 08-26-11, 06:48 AM
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As a budget minded bike addict I do all of my own maintenance, including fit. That being said, the LBS near me isn't really the greatest as far as service... and I really have to be desperate to go in there at all. I went in there several times when I was just getting started, and only one time did I actually leave with a purchase, simply due to service and attentiveness.

Anyway, I feel teaching myself/learning how to build/maintain/etc a bike is a more worthwhile investment than paying someone else to do it.
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Old 08-26-11, 06:49 AM
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30 years ago, I fit myself and then a national coach re-fitted me 6 years later. All he did was move my seat back a centimeter. Fast forward 30 years and I've had numerous aches and pains, like back and neck and crotch that have developed since about 2003. Anyway, I decided to get a BG fit this year and evidently my body has changed a lot! I am 60, so I guess that makes sense. The fitter moved my seat back and down and raised my bars and moved my cleats back.

OMG, I've never felt so good. It was money well spent. I have virtually no aches or pains, now.
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Old 08-26-11, 06:53 AM
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I got into this sport knowing nothing about fit.

I still may not know anything, but I have fit myself to ride very comfortably whether it be in the drops on the front of the group ride or on the tops pulling my kid on the trail-a-bike.

There is nothing wrong with paying for a good fit, especially if you are just starting, or plan on racing and are really looking for every watt. Once you have the proper sized frame though, I think most reasonably intelligent people could fit themselves fairly well.
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So how do you guys determine frame size? I got into road cycling last end-of-summer and am pretty sure they just sold me the last Madone 5.1 they had in stock. Do you guys test ride a few sizes and go by feel? Or do you do an online fit calculator?

I have a fit coming up on September 2nd. Don't tell my wife, but I actually am hoping he tells me my 60cm Trek is too big (my wife is hoping he'll tell me that he can make my 60cm fit just fine). I've been ogling the black Tarmac S-Works SL3 at the LBS and that's what will replace the Trek if it is indeed too big.
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Old 08-26-11, 07:16 AM
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I didn't see "Want to get a pro fit but haven't yet." as one of the poll choices.

I would like to get fitting done but I haven't had the $$$ yet to do it.
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Old 08-26-11, 07:48 AM
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I just did a fit that I am happy with, because being relatively new to the sport I had no idea where to start. I could easily see doing most of it myself next time, but I do have a question for the experienced 'self-fitters' out there...

How do you assess your foot/knee/hip alignment while pedaling on your own? Seems like this would be the hardest thing to do solo. Especially if trying to address any pronation or footbed shim requirements?? I could easily see learning how to do the rest myself, but would be worried that my leg is not necessarily in proper alignment. Just looking for tips on how to do it solo. TIA!

(agree that youtube has greatly simplified the art of do-it-yourself in so many areas)
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