Bike Fit

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!

4 thoughts on “Bike Fit

  1. After working at a running specialty store where all we do is fit folks for running shoes, I can also say it’s astonishing how many people are running around with the wrong size, and wrong type of shoe – some of these are people who are seasoned runners too! You never know how important a good fit is until you get one!
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  2. I’ve been wanting to get a bike fit as well – so glad your experience went well! Can I be nosy and ask how much it cost? There is a guy here that is renowned for his bike fits, but I am afraid to do it now with only 12 weeks left until my Half Ironman. I don’t want to have to start all over again with how my bike rides.
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  3. It’s spendy. He does a BG fit, and charges $300, but $200 for tri club members. And it’s guaranteed, so I can go back at any time for adjustments, including if I lose weight or whatever. He spent close to 4 hours with me, which was amazing.

  4. Nice to see somebody providing a quality service like this. I cannot recommend this enough. If you are serious about cycling then go and get measured properly because it is worth it. $200 might seem a bit rich, but over the life of the bike it is wort it for all the benefits you get.

    Cheers

    J
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