Hey Everyone,

This past week I went in to see Jake at cycle solutions for a bike fit and I wanted to share my great experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the club.

Since I knew I would be working hard all winter on the trainer in the same (very static) position, I wanted to make sure I was going to be in the right position and working the right muscles as to minimize my risk of injury and get as strong as possible. Even though I have ridden a little over 3,500km this season without issue, I knew that there was still some room for improvement in my position, as I have not had a good bike fit in quite some time.
The fit was nice and thorough, we had a good chat about what my goals were for the fit, my riding experience, and about any previous, current or recurring injuries I have, or have had. We discussed how I was looking for a more aggressive position, to get a flatter back and of course produce more power.

We started with the seat height, measuring my inseam, setting up the post in a good starting position and then having me hop on the bike. we then fine tuned that before moving on to seat setback. It was during the set back that we realized that I have different length legs... who knew? I had never had someone fit both legs separately before. I had always been fit to one or the other, compromising the non-fit leg. Finally I could split the difference and make both legs happy.

With my butt and legs happy, we moved on to the upper body. First thing we talked about was stem length and shoulder angle, I knew I would probably need a stem that was a little longer, and my eyes lit up when Jake came up from the basement with the perfect length stem that also happened to match my seat post. Combined with the BCC discount... there was no resisting that baby. We then played around with handlebar height, figuring out the best balance between aerodynamics and comfort and finally settled on a great compromise. Jake did his best to work with the equipment I had, and at no point did I feel any pressure to buy anything from the shop.
I mentioned that I was also interested in different saddles and Jake let me borrow one of the shop's awesome Selle Italia test saddles to see if it got along with my butt.

All and all I couldn't have been happier with my experience. I got home and did a training session, even without adjusting to the new position, I felt like I was 5-10 watts more powerful for the same perceived effort level (and HR) in my new position (and I was already reasonably close to my final position, I'm sure others will see larger gains). That is the equivalent of about .5 km an hour at 33.5 km/h (or almost a full km/h at 27 km/h) or about the same effect of a new set of aero wheels at 40 km/h. All for a fraction of the price with the BCC special deal of only $50 (Jake informs me that this is set to go up sometime in the near future, you can contact him for details). Combine that with more comfort, especially on the long rides, and lessened chance of injury/minimizing current pains, and I couldn't think of a better way to spend $50. If you haven't ever had a fit, or if it has been a while, especially if you are planning on spending any time on the trainer this winter, I would highly recommend you think about something like this for yourself.

P.s. If you are already faster than me, please ignore everything I just wrote... and whatever you do, do not get a bike fit!

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