I have been getting out for rides about 4-5 times a week, including usually one longer group ride of 50-60 miles. For the first time (at 46 years of age) I have started having some knee pain during and after my rides… This got me thinking that perhaps it was time to get a better fit than the one in the shop where you are watched for about 15 minutes and some minor adjustments are made. I am not saying that type of fit is not effective, but my question is how much more can they do in a more professional fit. So I did some research… ie, a lot of time googling and reading articles, blogs… The first important lesson I learned is that matter how you get fitted for your bike, the live person fitting you is the most important; from the most basic fit all the way to the most advanced 3D dynamic fit. The machines they use are really only tools, and if you don’t know how to cook, having the best pots and pans is not going to help your food taste any better!! The costs for the most expensive fittings using the most advanced machines usually run from $250-350 and take anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. I have been told that after you are fitted, you may have to change some hardware on your bike, ie, stem, to get the specs right.
The system I have decided to try is called “The GURU Dynamic Fit Unit” or DFU for short. The beauty of this system is you never have to get off the machine while adjustments are made. So you can feel the difference in real time of different positions. This saves a ton of time getting off the bike every time any tweak is made to your set up. It also allows you to quickly go back to any fit and compare it to others. Similar to the way you can save different seat positions in many cars.
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Now I purchased a Bianchi Infinito Ultegra last year, which I absolutely love, so I am not interested in purchasing a new bike. However, if you are in the market for a new bike, getting one of these pro fits makes even more sense. In fact after you are fitted the system I chose will even recommend which bikes is the best fit for you from a database of thousands of bikes.
Well my fitting is set for this Monday, June 17, 2013.. So I will let you know how it went in part 2.