Bike Fitting

Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Ferretygubbins, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. Has anyone used any of the professional bike fitting services? If so would
    you say it was worth the money? A number of physiotherapists seem to offer
    this in Sheffield and as I can probably claim the fee back on my health
    insurance (it may take some creative wording on the form though) it seems
    like it may be worth a go as I've just started with clipless pedals and I'm
    not convinced that I know what I'm doing with the set up.


    Ferretygubbins, Jun 10, 2015
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  2. In uk.rec.cycling.moderated on Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:10:30 +0100
    As always "it depends". On the bod, their expertise and what they
    think you want.

    Have a look at which is
    a bunch of people talking about experiences.

    I went to the bod in Sydney mentioned in that thread, Steve Hogg, and
    he measured my legs and decided that because one leg was a bit longer
    than the other and I wasn't using road shoes there was nothing else he
    could do as he wanted to put shims in the shoes.

    I fiddled more with the 'bent's seat to pedal distance and the
    placement of the cleats on the shoes and have been happy.

    Zebee Johnstone, Jun 11, 2015
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  3. Ferretygubbins

    Sam Wilson Guest

    This is probably going off at a tangent, but a FOAF has just been all
    the way to the West Country to be measured for a Thorn and is very
    disappointed with the result. I haven't heard whether there's any
    tweaking to be done.

    Sam Wilson, Jun 11, 2015
  4. My guess is that almost all of the fitting services will attempt to
    fit the rider to their assumptions, and only then fit the setup to
    the rider. That is my problem whenever I try to get anything out of a
    specialist bicycle shop :-(

    So they probably work well if your requirements fit within their
    assumptions, and badly to catastrophically if they don't. No, I can't
    guess how many 'serious' cyclists fall into which category.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 11, 2015
  5. there is more than a little truth I would say to that, don't get me
    wrong the folks who ask for and about fittings tend to be folks into
    being fast road bikers, fast MTBers don't seem to.

    Roger Merriman
    Roger Merriman, Jun 11, 2015
  6. In uk.rec.cycling.moderated on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:51:17 +0100
    MTBers I suspect move around more. Road bikers are locked into a
    fairly anatomically difficult position.

    Zebee Johnstone, Jun 12, 2015
  7. Ferretygubbins

    Peter Clinch Guest

    That seems to ring true with what I've read about them. Fitter X will
    kneel at the Shrine of KOPS, Fitter Y thinks that's all tosh, and so on.
    I wouldn't be entirely surprised if there's at least some riders who are
    reasonably adaptable (and can thus work with either Fitter X or Y above)
    and who gain something from a bike fitting placebo effect. "I've paid
    ££s to an Expert, it feels a bit different, yeah, I'll shave almost as
    much off my PB as when I saved 82 grammes upgrading my saddle, that was
    money well spent!" (remove or keep irony according to taste).

    Peter Clinch, Jun 12, 2015
  8. as a MTBer I can confurm that!

    oddly the old MTB I used for pottering I find comftable on longer rides
    of 20/30 miles as well.

    Roger merriman
    Roger Merriman, Jun 12, 2015
  9. No, that's not odd. A true upright position is fairly natural, so
    most people have little difficulty with it, even for 5-10 hour rides,
    though that doesn't mean it gives immunity from tired muscles, pressure
    sores and abrasion!

    Modern utility bicycles are hybrids between road racers and uprights,
    and MTBs have a very similar position, though it depends a lot on
    whether the rider chooses a very low one for acrobatics or a more
    traditional sizing. So I would expect comfort to be intermediate.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 12, 2015
  10. Both MTB's I have the contact points ie saddle and bars are close on
    level, the old hardtail being the commute bike, and the FS bike being
    trail orientated.

    have to say if you compare XC ie cross country racers to AM (all
    mountain) and DH (downhill) the bikes set up postion wise is quite
    different. XC having low flat bars, with AM/DH having high riser bars
    and lots inbetween.

    I also find my CX bike which compared to my mtb's has a bar to saddle
    drop comftable for 70 odd miles etc.

    Roger Merriman
    Roger Merriman, Jun 12, 2015
  11. The distance fore or aft of the steering tube also matters.
    Well, different. Both are intermediate between crouching on the drops
    and fully upright. Only recumbents aren't :) The main (but not only)
    factor is the rider's back angle.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 12, 2015
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