"I don't need a bike fit" and other lies I've told myself.

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

It’s been years since I’ve ridden a road bike, because after I phased out of racing, I swore I would never ride one again. I had raced cross-country mountain bikes for many years and over half my time training was spent on the road- mostly due to convenience, trail conditions, or that I needed a specific type of workout (which can be difficult to do on the MTB). After I was done with racing, me and the road bike had an official, and not even remotely bittersweet, breakup.

But alas, this year, I decided I wanted to "get fit" again and then the weather kept being an a-hole, and every weekend there seemed to be a new group ride that I couldn’t attend, because I didn’t have a bike to ride. I Zwift’ed all I could, but my social side finally won over and I found myself down at Peak Cycles ogling the latest road bike technologies.

After my purchase (thank you Peak!!!), I decided that before I completed a proper “fit”, I should just get used to riding one again first. And anyway, I already knew how my bike was supposed to fit, I mean, after all, I raced and trained for a long time, and I "just knew" how it should feel. So we set it up with measurements from my previous bikes. Then I proceeded to ride around on it from January until now and... shocker... I had started to develop a few odd body issues. These included a deep nagging pain in my right hip, a spot on my sits bones that always seemed to stay sore, and a feeling that I couldn’t produce much power (and I had the power meter data to prove that one).

Luckily, one of my best riding buddies is also a bike fit specialist, with over 10 years of experience in Specialized Body Geometry fits. She was actually the first to notice on a climb up Lookout one day that the way I was sitting on my bike didn’t look right. I was wiggling around to find a good spot to sit while climbing- which, at the time, I thought was normal- but she was right, and it certainly didn’t feel good, either!