boogi11 wrote:CiB wrote:Thebigbee wrote:In theory it is great - cost effectiveness for a beginner is debateable. If you have over £1000 as your 1st road bike + and extra £500 for extras then good value.
Otherwise a bit of a waste of money IMO
Couldn't disagree more. Beginners can benefit hugely from being correctly set up and being advised how to ride it properly rather than spending the first few months / couple of years being hopelessly out of position and wondering how on earth anyone below pro-rider level manages to ride 60 miles in a day and doesn't need three recovery days afterwards. And those of us who have been around a bit can still benefit. The best £80 I ever spent on cycling was on a bike fit, which transformed a humdrum riding experience on a new machine to the best bike bike I've ever owned.
i would happily spend the money again if i buy another bike, infact i intend to. the bike fit was £85 and i spent another £65 on a new set of bars, stem and tape. there was no pressure to buy them and the reason for requiring them was explained, i did not go to a shop for the fitting but to a specialist, all he does is bike fittings.
previously i had followed the guides of the net, and i did have the seat height about spot on, but for and aft was miles out, stem was to long, and to low, and bars were to narrow, cleats were at the wrong angle.
on a 30 mile ride i would normally ache in the knees and arch of foot. 70 miles yesterday and not a twinge, but also cadence was easier to maintain at a higher speed, drops were far easier to use and stay in, entire position felt relaxed. i asked the guy for a rough idea of frame size required on a new bike, but he explained that its a little more compliocated than that with front fork tube heights differing, i.e. my bianchi is 160mm his trek was 210mm, but top tube was the same!!
Where did you get your bike fit done?