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Bike fitting

So I know the difference between a general bike fit, and the fancy Retul bike fit. Among the various places that offer a general bike fit, most are in the $100-$150 range. What sets one place apart from the others? Does it matter? I've been riding my bike as is it was setup from the original owner. It feels okay, and he was close to my proportions. I don't have any issues at the moment, but since a fit was highly recommended, I'm thinking about doing it. I don't know how to pick where to spend my money.

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23 views and still not one reply? WTF people? So I have been "fit" by three different bike shops on two different bikes. I'm no expert but have been thru the process and am not one to spend money on a process that I thought was bogus to begin with.

The first shop just put me on a trainer, switched the stem for a different size and adjusted the seat height based on a plastic tool that measures the angle of your leg. It was in the ball park and felt good enough at the time.

Second shop different bike. A skinny greasy hair Italian who has a thick accent and looks like a classic cyclist is the shop owner who did the "fit". He picked out a 55cm bike off the rack that had the spec I was looking for and let me ride it. It was way too big for me. So after the test ride he had me take measurements of my inseam, inseam to knee, and torso. The swapped out the stem and called it a day.

Same bike at the third shop was a whole different experience. Bob has been doing bike fits for years and sells custom bikes from a few different builders. The other two shops only sell big brand and have never worked with a custom bike builder. So although you would not be getting the Retul from someone like this you still get the experience. I went back to him after losing weight and gaining flexibility because I was not as comfortable as before. The second time I went to him was as much of a revelation as the first time, with out retul he made a few simple changes that was a world of difference and didn't charge me an arm and a leg.

http://www.wheelwerksbikes.com/aboutfitting.html

Between when I bought my bike and went to Bob at Wheel Werks was about a full year. Since I really just noodled around there was really no need to get fit. When I decided it was time to get more "competitive" (i'm still slow) or just try to ride farther/faster is when I thought it was a good idea to pay the money for retul and I was right.
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I've read good reviews on Bob's fitting. Only problem is he's about an hour and 20 mins each way from me. There is a bike shop in Evanston, Turin, and they look pretty good. They sell a few high end bikes, and talking to the guy, they sound like they know what they're doing.

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Did you use any of the non-professional fit calculators before or after getting a professional fit?
If so, Which style of fit did you choose and how did it compare?

Here is one someone mentioned to me, I have no idea how good or bad it is.
Competitive_Cyclist_Fit_Calculator



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23 views and still not one reply? WTF people? So I have been "fit" by three different bike shops on two different bikes. I'm no expert but have been thru the process and am not one to spend money on a process that I thought was bogus to begin with.

The first shop just put me on a trainer, switched the stem for a different size and adjusted the seat height based on a plastic tool that measures the angle of your leg. It was in the ball park and felt good enough at the time.

Second shop different bike. A skinny greasy hair Italian who has a thick accent and looks like a classic cyclist is the shop owner who did the "fit". He picked out a 55cm bike off the rack that had the spec I was looking for and let me ride it. It was way too big for me. So after the test ride he had me take measurements of my inseam, inseam to knee, and torso. The swapped out the stem and called it a day.

Same bike at the third shop was a whole different experience. Bob has been doing bike fits for years and sells custom bikes from a few different builders. The other two shops only sell big brand and have never worked with a custom bike builder. So although you would not be getting the Retul from someone like this you still get the experience. I went back to him after losing weight and gaining flexibility because I was not as comfortable as before. The second time I went to him was as much of a revelation as the first time, with out retul he made a few simple changes that was a world of difference and didn't charge me an arm and a leg.

http://www.wheelwerksbikes.com/aboutfitting.html

Between when I bought my bike and went to Bob at Wheel Werks was about a full year. Since I really just noodled around there was really no need to get fit. When I decided it was time to get more "competitive" (i'm still slow) or just try to ride farther/faster is when I thought it was a good idea to pay the money for retul and I was right.


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I used the Lemond calculations to do a fit on my own. I ended up with a bike that's too small for me. When I got fit, I had it done at Endure it. Not the Retul fit, but it was done of a fit bike jig and they spent a couple hours with me before ordering my new bike. It was a BIG difference for me in comfortability. Eventually, I'll have the retul fit done to maximize my power/comfortability. I'm a big believer in fit, more so than others on here. Which is why I haven't posted here yet. But then again, I do have back and neck issues already, and a strange body type. (short torso/long legs). So for me, I wish I did the fit before I even bough a bike. I would do a fit every year if I could. Every year I get more flexible and stronger and my fit changes just a bit. I've been making small adjustments on my own recently.

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I didn't use a for calculator and agree with what Brian posted above. So most girls have a short torso/long legs, have you tried riding a girls bike?

D- what are you doing up at 4am? Waking up or going to sleep? Either way, dam!
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Bike fits are for pussies. All you need is a bike, and when you ride it, crush the pedals right off it. You'll go fast.
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I didn't use a for calculator and agree with what Brian posted above. So most girls have a short torso/long legs, have you tried riding a girls bike?

D- what are you doing up at 4am? Waking up or going to sleep? Either way, dam!

Most girls? They can't all be supermodels!!

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Bike fits are for pussies. All you need is a bike, and when you ride it, crush the pedals right off it. You'll go fast.
yup...this is why I didn't post!

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I really have no frame of reference though, so I just thought I would help out with the acrimony level.
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I really have no frame of reference though, so I just thought I would help out with the acrimony level.
big word for an M/C mechanic....I bet you had to look that up!

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D- what are you doing up at 4am? Waking up or going to sleep? Either way, dam!
No Idea

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big word for an M/C mechanic....I bet you had to look that up!
I had to
Synonyms
bitterness, animosity, spitefulness, asperity, spite.

Antonyms
goodwill, civility, kindness, politeness.


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