Bike fits can seem like an unnecessary expenditure when it comes to cycling if you're not familiar with it. Cycling is an expensive sport! However, a bike fit should be as important to you as purchasing your cycling shoes. Cycling is a highly repetitive motion with a lot of variables. Without a bike fit, you are prone to repetitive use injury, discomfort, and less efficient position. Imagine trying to drive you car with the seat all the way back and that's just a very basic example!
The challenge with getting a bike fit is knowing if your fitter is reputable. A good bike fit runs anywhere from $300-$500, but it's dollars well spent if you have a good fitter. I am prone to knee pain and tendonitis. It can be very frustrating and debilitating. If you have pain, you can't ride. A bike fit prevents these injuries. If you get injured due to a bad bike fit (or no bike fit), see a massage therapist and chiropractor(one that doesn't just crack your back) and get a bike fit ASAP. I have put off getting fits or gotten new shoes slapped cleats on without a fitter. I seem to pay for it every time!
I have had some great fits! In Colorado, my fitter was Adam de la Pena at Wheatridge Cyclery. When I moved to Kelowna, BC I had to find a new fitter. I was delighted to meet Luke Way from Balance Point. Balance Point is a company that offers coaching, physiology testing, camps, spin classes, bike fits...you name it! They are fantastic and stay ahead of the curve in all avenues. I was impressed with no only my bike fit, but with my physiological assessments and some of their coaching recommendations.
What should you look for when getting a bike fit? These have been hallmarks in my experience with getting bike fits.
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