In Need of a Bike Fit?

It’s the long weekend. That in itself would be enough to certify it as Today’s (and this weekend’s) Perfect Moment, but something tells me that’s what I will pick on Monday ……after waking up at a leisurely hour.

I guess I am going to have to pick my morning bike ride.

The Aftermath of Dinner

I woke with a belly full of fish and chips. I had gotten a take out order from the local shop.  I was quite surprised that the clerk remembered my name.  I haven’t been there often but since I often go when it isn’t busy, I have time to talk to her.  She is a lovely woman with a good sense of humour.  Again, I am surprised she remembered my name.

The Ride

August 4th ride

  • Distance

    70.75 km

  • Elevation Gain

    664 m

  • Time

    3h 5m

Despite the full stomach, I headed out for the ride. The weather was predicted to be sunny but rather hot.  Since I was sweating just preparing for the ride, I had no doubt that would be true.

After several weeks of riding the same or similar route, we headed off in the opposite direction.  I thought we were going to go to the lake, but we didn’t.  I did see some nice scenery and I certainly climbed some hills.

I can’t say it was my best ride. I faded at the end…and at parts in the middle.  My cardio wasn’t bad, I just couldn’t push myself.  Maybe I am tired.  Maybe I was too full of chips.  I went up hills in a very low gear and couldn’t get out of the saddle and up on the pedals well.  I did manage pick up some good speed on some of the downhill sections, but that just brought me level with the group again for a short while.

I did about 80km but Strava only recorded 71 of them. It was my longest ride of the season.

A Bike Fit?

One of the group leaders said that I might find it worth going for a bike fit as I seemed to be snaking all over the road–well, not all over the road, but more than I should. He pointed out some smooth riders and said I should aspire to that.  He suggested lowering the seat a hair, or maybe moving my seat position back.  I wonder which of the many bike stores in the area would give me the best results?  If anyone reading this has any advice that would be wonderful.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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9 Responses to In Need of a Bike Fit?

  1. Are you in pain (not ache but not-good-feeling pain) during or after your ride? Or do you have pre-existing injuries from past sports or accidents? If so, definitely get a professional bike fit.

    If not, check out some trusted YouTube vids, read articles and ask club mates for fit advice. Measure your current setup and make small adjustments from there. See how you get on. You can make decent improvements yourself. If you still struggle, then book a fit. Enjoy!

    • Anthony says:

      I don’t ache….well, my feet cramp up. I think he was worried that I wasn’t able to keep the bike steady. I will definitely adjust the seat position…probably back a bit.
      I will definitely check out some videos.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Don’t move anything until you check out some videos to get an idea of what you’re doing. Nothing worse than making the setup worse because you don’t know what to do.

        Also, if you ride in a group, you ride in a straight line. Practice on solo rides riding the line on the side of the road. When you can do that for a mile, you’re riding straight enough.

  2. Todd says:

    That’s a great area to ride. The roads are so quiet that it isn’t as stressful as riding a bit south of there.

    Other than being full in the morning, did you eat anything else on the ride? I wonder if you weren’t so much full as bloated and didn’t have so much in the tank to ride from. You ate the fish and chips for dinner, yes? I know for me food can make a huge difference and some of my worst rides were ones where I didn’t eat properly before or during the ride.

    If you’re not in pain or experiencing numbness I’m thinking your fit may be fine. I did get a fit at a shop downtown and it did help a bit with pain and made my pedal stroke more efficient but I’m not sure this is the issue here.

  3. Silverio says:

    Having a bike fit consultant would definitely help but there are some pretty good channels on YouTube that they explain what you should do and still get a good estimation.

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