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This article was written by Jennifer Sherry and includes topics addressed by numerous individuals that own or work in bicycle shops.

"Sometimes, the simplewst adjustments have the most impact."

Everything Must Fit Properly-Matt Ladder
He starts from the ground up on a bike. He starts with the shoes, then the cleat position, then saddle height, saddle fore and aft and finally the handlebar.

You Have to Play to Win-Mike McKovich
He breaks bikes into two areas: play and execution. Play consists of :seat height, seat fore and aft, stem length, and handlebar height. Execution includes propewr pedaling, solid positioning, physical ability, overall strength and flexibility. Reality is most people get a bike fit done because they think the play is the problem, when oftentimes it's the execution.

Stick Your Derriere in the Air
Rotate your pelvis and stick your butt out behind you. This is the position that should be permanently adopted and is the position that is adopted by the sore rider as they stretch out on their bike. This position takes the strain off the back muscles and opens the chest up for better breathing. Use your abdominals and core muscles for support and you will take the weight off your hands, shoulders and neck.

Same Body Dimensions, Different Settings
Never for a minute think that just because your buddy is mostly the same height and weight as you that you should feel comfortable and and need the same settings that they use.

Before You Buy a New Saddle-Ward Griffiths
Minor changes in handlebar reach and drop can make a huge difference in weight distribution and saddle comfort. If you can comfortably "shake hands" with your brake hoods, your bike fits properly.

Change Your Bike With Your Body
Fittings are fluid and dynamic and change over time. Whether your body changes-gain or lose weight, you become moree or less fit, getting older, your bike fit will most likely change as well.

Relax
Being nervous in traffic or when riding in a group makes you tense and the best fit in the world won't matter if the tension in your shoulders is causing you pain.

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