I’ve really come to enjoy heading out for a good bike ride since beginning my triathlon training.
For safety reasons, I always have my phone with me and have been lucky enough to capture some really beautiful sights along my routes.
Spending a lot of time on the bike can make it really important that the bike fit properly. If you are not positioned well, you will not get the most out of your ride.
I got my bike 6 years ago while living in Tennessee. I rented it for my first triathlon and bought it right after completing the tri. I was fit for it then and also had the cage pedals replaced with clipless pedals. That was six years ago. It’s long overdue for an updated fitting and positioning.
Bike fitting session, here I come!
The bike fitting (at the place where I went) can last 1-3 hours and can vary depending on the type of bike you have and what type of fitting you want to have done. Being that I plan to use my bike more for triathlons rather than road racing, the person helping me with the fit changed some things around on my bike to make it more “like” a tri bike without it actually being a tri bike. Luckily, my bike worked well for this transition. Apparently some road bikes do not transition to a “tri” bike well.
I had the aerobars put on not long ago (at another bike shop) and have not felt completely comportable using them. Come to find out it’s because my seat post and saddle were not in a great position to use the aerobars. The aerobars themselves also needed to be moved around.
He also moved the position of my cleat to a more appropriate fit for a “tri” bike rather than a road bike.
Once I was in a more aero position, I was told to ride for 5 minutes or so. I quickly learned why road saddles do not work well for the “tri” bikes. (I use the quotes because mine is not a real tri bike). Ouch, new saddle please.
Finding the right saddle is VERY important. I tried out a bunch of different saddles-a good idea to do during a bike fitting. It can be time consuming to find that perfect one, but it’s going to make a huge difference later on.
Hello, unflattering picture of me being fitted on the bike.
My fitting lasted for a while. He watched my hips, back, knees, everything…to make sure he was giving me the perfect fit on my bike. I’m sure I’m leaving out a million details of the bike fit, but basically, this guy takes his bike fittings seriously and will work with you until it’s right.
I won’t say this was the most inexpensive idea I have ever had. But, I’m glad I did it. I ended up with a new bike position, new seat post, saddle, and flat tire repair kit (how did I did have one of these already?).
I took my bike out for a quick ride today and could definitely tell the differences right away.
This article explains a little more on proper bike positioning and why it’s important. A good quote from the article:
Proper bike positioning can make a significant difference, but the adjustments it requires also takes time.
That is why Meuleman recommends bike positioning up to three months before a race: “Any change to your position on the bike requires your muscles to adapt. You have to give your body the time to adjust to the new position. In addition, you might need to work on specific body posture or muscle related issues with your physical trainer to achieve a more efficient position. This makes fitting an ongoing process that must be evaluated on regular basis.”
Check out my new saddle!
The bag underneath the saddle fits my spare tube and repair kit. A little added bonus, the bag also has a light on it and can be turned on for those early morning or evening bike rides.
As a final part of my bike fitting session, I was told what brands of tri bikes would fit my body type/size (for future reference). I was excited to see him bring out the Trek Speed Concept, as one option. He also brought out the Cervelo P2. He said the Cervelo would probably fit me best. They were both VERY nice looking bikes.
In an attempt to sound responsible, my goal is to save enough to pay cash for a tri bike. I also want to make sure I’m committed before I take the big, expensive leap.
- What type of bike(s) do you own? Tri, road, mountain?
- Have you ever had a bike fitting?
- What type of bike brand fits you best?
- Do you participate in triathlons?
Disclaimer: I am not an expert when it comes to triathlons, cycling, or bike fittings. I just enjoy these activities and wanted to share my experiences. Your experiences may vary.