Spring is here, and we’re still sending tons of new bikes out the door. However, if a new bike isn’t in the budget for you this year, you can get a huge bang for your buck by getting yourself a professional bike fitting.
Like most avid riders, I felt reasonably comfortable on the bike, thought I had my position pretty dialed in, and didn’t think I really needed a professional fit. When I started working at BGI, I decided to have one done so that I could speak intelligently about what goes on during the process, and represent it well to our customers. So I went to see Frank.
Turns out that it was the best cycling money ever spent. After the fit, I felt more comfortable, more powerful, smoother, faster. I’ve used the fitting data on every bike I’ve had since then, and if something’s not right, I can tell almost immediately.
I hear a lot of people say that they don’t need a fitting because they’re just recreational riders. I say that means you need it more. If you’re like me, it’s really hard to carve out enough time to do as much riding as you like, and it’s a real problem if anything compromises that time. The fitting will help you feel better while you ride, you’ll be able to ride more often with less discomfort, and you’ll be faster.
There are plenty of resources out there about how to fit yourself to a bike, but nothing takes the place of having an experienced, trained fitter to observe you while you’re in motion on the bike. I’d recommend it to anyone.