Bike fit, well worth the money

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Bike fit, well worth the money

Postby boogi11 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 19:41 pm

Hi all, I had my bike fitted professionally at the weekend, and what a difference, he changed my stem and bars, and altered just about everything , and its like riding a different bike, did 70 miles today with no twinges knocks, or aches, could have done another 50

Can't recommend power up bike fitting in Lincoln enough


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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby Philinmerthyr » Sun Nov 04, 2012 19:50 pm

How much does a bit fit cost?

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Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:16 pm

i had one last week with adrian timmis at cadence sport unbelievable the depths sombody can go into for something that seems simple but is actually quite technical. Custom insoles fitted to shoes are day and night different and was riding this afternoon and it dawed on me how much more comfortable the bike was and how much more efficient I was. Mine was £150 and well recommended. I know some people (me included to start with) think £150 and you dont get any tangible/physical thing at the end but its money well spent. I did mine to check I woudl not knacker my knees in 5 years and be unable to walk bit of insurance really.

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Postby Thebigbee » Sun Nov 04, 2012 23:48 pm

mallorcajeff wrote:i had one last week with adrian timmis at cadence sport unbelievable the depths sombody can go into for something that seems simple but is actually quite technical. Custom insoles fitted to shoes are day and night different and was riding this afternoon and it dawed on me how much more comfortable the bike was and how much more efficient I was. Mine was £150 and well recommended. I know some people (me included to start with) think £150 and you dont get any tangible/physical thing at the end but its money well spent. I did mine to check I woudl not knacker my knees in 5 years and be unable to walk bit of insurance really.


At least you explained the reason why you did it and the cost... unlike the OP.

Guess it all depends on how much cash you have really. Google has done me alright and as a beginner I only had enough for £600 for my 1st road bike.

And have spent that £150+ on upgrading that.

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

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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby NapoleonD » Mon Nov 05, 2012 00:15 am

I'd recommend getting one from Cadencesport to anyone, no matter their level.
It would stop quite a few new riders being put off too.
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Postby CiB » Mon Nov 05, 2012 00:52 am

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.

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Postby pinarellokid » Mon Nov 05, 2012 02:53 am

BUT is a bike fit something you have to do every time you get a new bike or do you get a set or measurements to set each bike to ????
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Postby NapoleonD » Mon Nov 05, 2012 03:57 am

pinarellokid wrote:BUT is a bike fit something you have to do every time you get a new bike or do you get a set or measurements to set each bike to ????


Get a set of measurements. The key 4 being saddle height, saddle setback, saddle to bar reach, saddle-bar drop. Once you have these you can transpose them on any bike.

But having a (good) fit goes beyond that, getting the cleats set up right is important so you don't wreck your knees. The moulded inserts are essential for me due to foot issues and I have a leg length descrepancy which is amended with cleat shims...
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Postby Wrath Rob » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:49 am

NapoleonD wrote:
pinarellokid wrote:BUT is a bike fit something you have to do every time you get a new bike or do you get a set or measurements to set each bike to ????


Get a set of measurements. The key 4 being saddle height, saddle setback, saddle to bar reach, saddle-bar drop. Once you have these you can transpose them on any bike.

But having a (good) fit goes beyond that, getting the cleats set up right is important so you don't wreck your knees. The moulded inserts are essential for me due to foot issues and I have a leg length discrepancy which is amended with cleat shims...

This. And you can also use them to work out the right frame geometry for you. For example, while I'm average weight and height, the ratio of thighs to calves for my legs puts me in the 95% percentile which means an average frame doesn't fit me very well without some serious stem/seat post/saddle adjustment. If I'd have known this before I bought my last bike I would possibly have bought a different frameset, i.e. one better suited to me.
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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby Grill » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:53 am

Completely unrelated, but can you please edit the title to get ride of that apostrophe. It's really bugging me.
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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby boogi11 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:19 pm

Grill wrote:Completely unrelated, but can you please edit the title to get ride of that apostrophe. It's really bugging me.



done :)

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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby Grill » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:20 pm

boogi11 wrote:
Grill wrote:Completely unrelated, but can you please edit the title to get ride of that apostrophe. It's really bugging me.



done :)


Many thanks. :D
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Postby nevman » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:25 pm

Grill wrote:
boogi11 wrote:
Grill wrote:Completely unrelated, but can you please edit the title to get rid(e) of that apostrophe. It's really bugging me.



done :)


Many thanks. :D


Mind if I correct the spelling?
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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby boogi11 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:27 pm

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.



+1

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!!

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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby boogi11 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:28 pm

nevman wrote:
Grill wrote:
boogi11 wrote:
Grill wrote:Completely unrelated, but can you please edit the title to get rid(e) of that apostrophe. It's really bugging me.



done :)


Many thanks. :D


Mind if I correct the spelling?



nope, you crack on.....

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Re: Bike fit, we'll worth the money

Postby Grill » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:29 pm

nevman wrote:
Grill wrote:
boogi11 wrote:
Grill wrote:Completely unrelated, but can you please edit the title to get rid(e) of that apostrophe. It's really bugging me.



done :)


Many thanks. :D


Mind if I correct the spelling?


Spelling error or parapraxis... you decide... :P
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Re: Bike fit, well worth the money

Postby boogi11 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:33 pm

wtf is going on??? who is correcting what, and if your all so clever can anybody do a 15 minute presentation on how to improve workshop efficiency

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Postby Grill » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:38 pm

boogi11 wrote:wtf is going on??? who is correcting what, and if your all so clever can anybody do a 15 minute presentation on how to improve workshop efficiency


you're :mrgreen:
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Re: Bike fit, well worth the money

Postby boogi11 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:49 pm

i prefer your if thats ok, i am not convinced the 're is required, is that a welsh spelling :)

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Re: Bike fit, well worth the money

Postby Grill » Mon Nov 05, 2012 13:05 pm

boogi11 wrote:i prefer your if thats ok, i am not convinced the 're is required, is that a welsh spelling :)


Okay, I hope that you're taking the mick.

It's "you're" not "your" as it's being used as a contraction of "you are" and not in the possessive.

I grew up and was schooled in the States. Looks like all this talk of Brits being better educated is just that... :P
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