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2014-01-24 1:47 PM


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Subject: Bike Fitting in Chicago
Hey everyone! So I am doing my first HIM this summer and I would like to get a good bike fitting. However with the HIM entry and all of the other races I would appreciate not spending too much - while I do realize I want to get more than a LBS $40-50 fitting. I have a cyclocross bike that I have used for Olympic and Sprints. Since I am not going for any medals/records I don't really need to buy a fancy tri bike so I just want to see if there are any adjustments I can do to mine to help handle the 56 miles. Maybe add clip on aeros.

Any recommendations? I know Elements Multi-Sport does them for $200 but was hoping for closer to $125 or $150.

Thanks!
Hannah


2014-01-27 10:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Bike Fitting in Chicago
I would recommend Running Away Multisport, but it's probably over-kill for your situation and budget. They do credit the fit price against a bike purchase, which is nice. Brian there did my fit, and I'm pretty happy with it.

That being said, the geometry of a cross bike is so different from a road bike or tri bike, I'm not sure you could comfortably set it up with aerobars, and even if you could, if you would want to - it's a lot of compromise. It's not even a matter of stack/reach adjustments - my cross bike just fits differently - more compact setup, shorter top tube, shorter stem, narrower handlebars. It's comparing a Jeep to a Corvette.
2014-01-27 2:00 PM
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agreed on the different geometry of a cross bike. Am not sure if there are changes to it that would help. Main reason why I want a really good bike fitting. Even if I have to go the $200 elements route. I do think I want to replace my stem with a flatter longer one. Annoying thing is that it had a lower/flatter one to start but at the last minute they recommended and swapped it out when I purchased it. As it was my first good bike purchase I didn't realize what they were doing and just assumed that they did it for a reason.

While a new bike would be amazing - I definitely can't afford it or have the room to store it!
2014-01-28 3:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Fitting in Chicago
I commend you for knowing how important a good fit is, regardless of the style of bike that you will training/racing on.

I ride with a cycling team in the Western suburbs and collectively we have been fitted by nearly a dozen local shops. The shop that has consistently received the best reviews is Get-A-Grip. My friend recently went for a 3 bike fitting since he rides road, tris, and cyclecross.

Good luck with your training.
2014-01-30 4:26 PM
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Brian from Element emailed me a price of $300.00. I want to buy a tri bike but am not sure I am ready to plunk down $300 to find out my optimal tri bike especially if I'm not gonna buy it from them. Anyone else know of a reputable area fitter that is cheaper?
2014-01-31 11:29 AM
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Thanks! Am definitely a bit nervous for the half but excited too. Have a good group I will be training with which helps!

Will give Get-a-Grip a call and find out their pricing/scheduling.


2014-01-31 1:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Fitting in Chicago

I go to GAG for all of my bike stuff - highly recommended! However, if I recall, it's about $300 for the fitting - free if you buy a bike through them.

2014-02-11 5:34 PM
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If you go to the slowtwich site they have a page where you can find some fitters. I agree $300 is tough to shed out. I
2014-02-13 9:18 PM
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The Performance Bike store in Naperville has a guy, think his name is Brian, that does really good fittings. They only charge like $60-$75 IIRC since they don't have fancy lasers or anything
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