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Subject: Bike fit - how often?

I got my road bike about a year and a half ago and had a really good fitting that I've been happy with.  I was basically starting at ground zero in biking fitness at that time, but since have progressed quite a bit (HIM last year, bike segment 2:57) and next year will be doing my first Ironman-distance race.  I don't have any real complaints about the fit I have now, but was wondering if, as your skill level changes and your mileage significantly increases, should you get another fitting, or since your body dimensions are static is there really no benefit to it? 

 



2013-11-12 8:20 AM
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I revisit mine annually. Things change physiologically all the time so it’s always a good idea to have someone look at it.

2013-11-12 12:29 PM
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Body dimensions are only part of the equation in a fitting. Your bike-specific fitness, any limitations due to injuries or inflexibility, how comfortable you are riding a bike -- all these things play into a bike fit.

But don't be afraid to tweak things and see what happens. Wanna try lowering the bars? Give it a shot and see how it feels and if it helps your speed and/or long-distance comfort. Try moving the saddle forward or aft and put some miles in that position and evaluate. Even a pro fitting is just a starting point -- it's not necessarily going to be perfect, and it's going to evolve with the above criteria. But that pro fitting will go a long ways towards getting you to that perfect point a LOT sooner.

2013-11-12 12:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike fit - how often?
Originally posted by briderdt

Body dimensions are only part of the equation in a fitting. Your bike-specific fitness, any limitations due to injuries or inflexibility, how comfortable you are riding a bike -- all these things play into a bike fit.

But don't be afraid to tweak things and see what happens. Wanna try lowering the bars? Give it a shot and see how it feels and if it helps your speed and/or long-distance comfort. Try moving the saddle forward or aft and put some miles in that position and evaluate. Even a pro fitting is just a starting point -- it's not necessarily going to be perfect, and it's going to evolve with the above criteria. But that pro fitting will go a long ways towards getting you to that perfect point a LOT sooner.




I agree. If you're ready to spend a lot of $ for a bike fit, why not start off by doing some basic research and moving the saddle forward/back, up down, angled etc., the handle bars too, possibly changing out a stem and so on. If you fail, you can still spend money on the fit. My experience is that with a little research (Google Self Bike Fit) you may not need a so-called professional fitter.

I tweak my bikes every 6 months or so. A s athletes, our bodies are constantly changing, in only makes sense that the geometry would need changing fairly often.
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