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The fit . . .

I am a firm believer in bike fit. If you ride often and or long, an hour or more, then you should REALLY get fitted to your bike. If you are buying a bike make sure you get the right frame size, but that is only a small part of bike fit. After you have ridden your new bike several miles you should get a fit.

Most Local Bike Shops (LBS) either have someone that does fittings or has contact with someone that does. I also recommend asking around about the quality of the person doing the fitting.

Cost can run from about $100 to $300 depending on the type of fitting and the person doing it. Another one of the perks of joining a club is there is usually a coach or a sponsor of the team that will give you a discount. When you go for the fit, be prepared that you may have to spend money on the recommendations of the fitter. This can include a different stem, handlebars, crankset, etc. Maybe not, but it is possible that parts may need to change for your correct fit. For me on this fitting the coach / fitter recommended a compact crankset and a narrower handlebar. Neither of these was critical, but I really liked the changes that the compact cranks would give me, so I updated right away. I will wait awhile on the handlebars, but will change at some point.

Bike fits are critical on road bikes and at the very least, useful, on mountain bikes. This time I did both. I have had a couple of saddle changes as new shoes since the last fitting.

If you have pain when you ride, particularly in the knees, feet or back then the fit becomes even more critical. Riding a bike with poor fit can cause long issues up to an including actual injury. Again this more evident on road bikes where you spend a lot of time in a single position versus a mountain bike where your position tends to shift a lot more within a ride.

I had been fitted on my Cervelo once before so I knew it should be pretty close, but with the changes I had made recently particularly with the saddle I knew from the back pains I had been suffering there would be at least minor changes. Also the fact it was a different fitter I figured there would also be small differences. You will hear from people that understand the process that doing a fitting is at least as much art as it is science, particularly if you do a ‘static’ fitting rather than the dynamic type where they hook you up to a machine to take very accurate measurements.

The changes my fitter made were very small, but I could tell on my first ride afterward they had great impact. He moved my seat up and tilted it down a tiny bit in the front as well as rotated my handlebar downward a little to make moving into the drops not only more comfortable, but it made access to braking a LOT more accessible.

It’s going to take a couple of rides to fully adjust to the seat position, but I can already tell it’s going to be an improvement.

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