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6/16/09 4:36 P

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You bet I'd spend $75! Where do I sign up?

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6/16/09 2:19 P

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Sounds like a great deal to me.

BTW - your profile image is a bit painful to look at. Red Wings fan here.
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6/16/09 1:19 P

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I would sooooooo do it, now!! I have had a foot problem (plantar fascitis), knee problems (all the way to surgery), even a hip problem (bursitis)....do it, run like the wind and go in there!!!!

Not saying any of mine were caused by not having a good once-over....no need for that. I'm fat, there is too much weight on my joints. That's about it. Self-destruction 101, ha! I am fixing it now though, better late then never I always say!!!



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6/16/09 12:47 P

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Keep in mind - a true "pro" bike fit is just that... You are fit to the bike in the most aero and power-output position.

There are two ways to fit someone - by the book (as outlined at this area) and the most for your comfort.

I was very fit to my bike, but made sure the fitter fully understood I did want a level of comfort. I'm not just a pro racer, I still want to enjoy riding!

Just my two cents... Enjoy the ride!! Diane

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6/16/09 12:39 P

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Yes, it sounds like a good investment of $75 to get their opinion.

People spend $thousands on their cycling hobby when they could get much more enjoyment out of the equipment they already own by improving their form.

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6/16/09 12:16 P

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I had my roadbike fit at the equivalent facility here at University of Florida - they spent about an hour + having me ride for a bit while my bike was on a trainer and to videos of my pedaling style, etc -
It made a huge difference an cost a few dollars more than what you were planning on spending - well worth it. The person who fit me was an avid cyclist AND physical therapist.

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6/16/09 11:56 A

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I do get some base of the palm and neck pain on longer rides. I am sure some is my posture, but I want to eliminate all the other possible variables.

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6/16/09 11:52 A

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This is the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the largest employer in the region, so I don't think they are going anywhere. The facility is where the Steelers both practice and do their sports injury rehab.

Don't think the other tests you mention are part of this service but I am sure they do them. For an additional price.

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6/16/09 11:47 A

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JOPAPGH:
I would RUN, not walk to get this done. To me, proper bike fit is THE most essential aspect for a lifetime of cycling. Nothing should hurt, no numbness, anything. While a lot of experienced cyclists get to their proper position with trial and error, for a new cyclist it's hard to know what is right and what is wrong. And hey, even the pros who ride with Saxo Bank have been in for a fitting!

With a good bike fit you have a starting point to make tweaks later. I go back to my fitter every year to fine-tune position on both the road and the CX bike (both positions are slightly different). You also want to see if you can get in touch to discuss things that hurt/feel wierd after the fit. I love my fitter - I play with my position and I can always drop her a line and say "XX doesn't work, can I try YY" and she'll give me advice on what to try.

It's also a good way to get faster without too much effort - when I got fitted I got 2mph faster. I paid $200 for my fit (OK, I got most of it back through health insurance) but at $75, even if you get 1mph faster it's cheaper than dropping $1500 on a set of aero wheels...

So DO IT. At $75 it's a steal. Worst comes to the worst, your position is perfect and you have to get faster by training. What you also get is a set of numbers which makes dialing in your next bike (or if you change something on your old bike) an absolute breeze. When I got my new CX bike it took me about 10 minutes to dial it in, because I knew all the numbers from my old one!

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6/16/09 11:32 A

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I know your feeling .... but how tricky do you want to be? I would go to the local LBS that you use a lot and get them to fit you again based on the questions they ask you and the info. you share with them.

Then I would spend the money and get fit where you are suggesting. However, before Iwould run out there and do this, are you having issues with your fit now? How long will this service remain in your area? I'm not sure what your age is but i had a bike that I had fit for me 20+ yrs ago and when I had them re-fit me there were a lot of changes. I attributed this to better science and technology to riding but also aging. As we age we are developing or undeveloping where we were when we were younger;-) LOL.

If they are staying in the area for a long while then I would say to go for it. I know when i was re-checked and re-checked again to where I finally felt one with the bike I gained net 5 mph on my speed.

I would want to go back every 5 years or so to re-do.

But back to my trickiness ..... if after having your LBS person do it and then this other person do it for the money, if there were no changes to be made then you know the guy at the LBS is dead on. If the guy at the LBS should ever leave then you know where to go.

I know I have not answered your question .... but I think I would still do it to get the benefits from the injury assessment.

Do they do testing for your VO2 capacity and Lactic acid threshold point? Now that would be worth the money for me for that testing.

Jim

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6/16/09 11:28 A

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Absolutely, I'm going to check to see if there's anything like it in my area. Being a new biker, I'd like to learn the right way from the beginning.

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6/16/09 11:17 A

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Heck yeh! Go for it. I've had hot spots recently and would love to find someone that's a pro and will spend some quality time with me for my alignment, etc.
I think your investment will pay off!


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Rare for me to spend ANY money on something that I don't actually need but I'd jump on this so fast....... What a deal!

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6/16/09 11:03 A

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I don't know the local LBS' that well, but i have another option.

Here in Pittsburgh, UPMC Sports Medicine has a Cycling Performance center, where experts in bicycle fitting and performance can help you fine tune things. For $75 ($65 for Bike Pittsburgh members), the professional athletic trainers on staff (Matt Tinkey and Phil Hensler) will do the following:

1.Musculoskeletal screening
2.Cycling-related injury assessment
3.And Evealuation of appropriate joint angles and pedaling forces including:
varus and valgus (natural foot alignment)
cleat position in order to minimize knee strain and foot pain, and maximize power
saddle tilt
saddle position (fore and aft)
saddle height
riding form (posture, pedal stroke, knee position)

Here is a more detailed link: bike-pgh.org/2008/05/09/the-importan
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-of-proper-bike-fit/


If you lived here, would you spend the $75 for this or seek out a local bike store for a fit assessment?

Edited by: JOPAPGH at: 6/16/2009 (11:04)
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