On Friday, I splurged on something that I’ve wanted for quite some time – a professional bike fit. A guy at a local bike shop is known for how well he fits people to their bikes, and though it’s not a cheap process, his time and training is totally worth it.
I wasn’t sure what I was all getting into, but color me impressed. He measured my body and how I bend and what angles I should be at in various positions on my bike. It was very much all about fitting my body’s particular quirks to my particular bike. I really liked it.
It was interesting just how poorly fitted I was to my bike. It didn’t seem like it was that off, but riding 18 miles yesterday was a totally different experience. I could feel different muscles working. It’s going to take some getting used to, and I also got a new saddle, which is going to require some “toughening up,” but all in all, I’m happy.
I was frustrated to learn that my bike is, in fact, slightly too big for me. This is frustrating mainly because I bought it from a reputable bike shop. They shouldn’t have sold me this bike, but I think that because it was “close enough,” and they had it in store rather than needing to order it, so they sold it to me. I didn’t know any better.
Oh well, you live and you learn. It’s been two years. I can’t change anything now. But it means that if I keep up with triathlon, I will ultimately need a different bike for longer distances. Guess I should start saving my pennies!