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Old 08-11-13, 06:56 PM
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Can anybody recommend a great bike fitting person within 200 miles of Mt Vernon Illinois? I am 80 miles east of St Louis. I am going to buy a new touring bike. My Bruce Gordon Rock and Road does not fit. I just completed a 3000 mile tour and the pain in my hands and butt were too much for me to tolerate. I am selling that bike.
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I cannot answer your question about bike fitting sources near you.

When you say that the BG RNR does not fit, what do you mean by that? Too tall or short a frame? Too long or short a stem? Too great a stem rise or drop? Do you use drop or flat handlebars? Have you altered any or all of these factors (except frame size) before or during your tour? All of these factors influence hand and butt pressure and the balance between them. Unless the frame size is just too extreme in either direction, adjustments could normally solve most of your presented problems in my experience.

[Full Disclosure: I must admit to serious bias in favor of RNR after almost 24 years touring on one.]
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toolguy, I'd seriously consider having someone check your fitment on the RNR first. Look for someone that isn't experienced with just fitting a roadie. Do you have aphoto of yourself riding?

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Toolguy, be careful about trying to 'make' the RNR fit you just right. That can be a bottomless pit. Been there and done that with a DF. All depends on the issue(s). Those you named are common problems for tourists, some solvable, some not. The 'some not' often involves the saddle. Never did find one that respected my rear. Finally gave up and bought a recumbent. All comfort problems solved, image damaged. At my age, not a concern.

Top tube length is the first thing to look at. The critical dimension, saddle to bar. All saddles have a 'sweet spot.' The goal is to have your sit bones connect with that spot in your most common riding position. Bar type, height, and stem length does affect that, but I think not as much as TT length.

A DF is always gonna be a bit uncomfortable. Go bent, or grin and bare it.
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I can validate that toolguy's BG RNR doesn't fit him and his style of riding although it does not slow him down And I don't have any issues with my BG RNR.
toolguy I would try posting your query in the mechanics section here.
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Originally Posted by toolguy
Can anybody recommend a great bike fitting person within 200 miles of Mt Vernon Illinois? I am 80 miles east of St Louis.
Maplewood in St. Louis, ask for Stewart.

https://www.maplewoodbicycle.com/

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