Does your bike fit?

by Arlyn on March 25, 2008

I’ve been thinking lately that my bike doesn’t fit as well as it could. In pictures of me racing last weekend, I don’t look very comfortable. My position on my bike has also started to feel really long, like I am reaching for something. My butt always hurts after a long ride and back has also been acting up.

Doesn’t look very comfortable

So, I went to the web for some research and found Peter White’s excellent article, How to Fit a Bicycle. This article addresses a lot of issues I have had with “Rule of Thumb” fitting techniques like the relative position of my knee and foot or whether the handlebars line up with my front hub – none of which made much sense given that each cyclist is proportioned differently. Maybe I’m sensitive cause I’m 6 foot 4 and 180 lbs, much larger than a “typical” cyclist.

I went through Peter’s methodology and it made a lot of sense. I ended up moving my seat fully back (it was fully forward), pulled my handlebars back more than an inch and dropped them about an inch. On my trainer I feel much more comfortable, streamlined and efficient. Tomorrow I’ll hit the open road and see how it really feels.

Check out your fit – it may make a big difference.

ps: for those of you interested in marketing, check out his rant about recieving so much email on the subject of bike fitting. There is obviously a gap in the market for bike fitting and people are clamouring for solutions. Peter has some great ideas (imho) and it’s too bad he doesn’t see himself as a contribution to fill that gap and claim the rewards.

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Bilko March 26, 2008 at 7:29 am

Let us know if you need any help with your Bike Fit problems. WHatever you do – please remember that your bike fit starts at the connection to the pedal. Everything builds up from that.

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