I’ve been riding road and cyclocross for 5 or 6 years now. I’ve never had a bike fit, deciding to go more on feel and piecing together bits of information from the internet, blogs by prominent bike fitters etc.
Lately I’ve gained more of an interest in going for a fit, I’ve been following a few fitters online and I find it kind of fascinating the big changes in comfort / efficiency / smoothness which can be driven by seemingly small changes in position (the best videos are the ones on Purely Custom jigs and the like where you can actually see the transition from one position to the other happening almost instantly).
I’m almost ready to book in for a comprehensive (+4 hours) session with a fitter who is relatively local to me and seems to be very highly spoken of. The main thing that’s stopping me now is which bike to get a fit on! I don’t feel like I have any huge comfort issues with any of my bikes, I wouldn’t say the purpose of the fit is to overcome any specific issues - more just to try to increase efficiency…maybe try to limit any issues cropping up down the line. So I guess I have two choices really:
‘Sunday Best’ road bike - Canyon CF SLX - it’s my newest bike and so the one I’ve spent least time on so far - I think there’s quite a lot of potential to get a better position dialled in with this one, although I knew when I bought it I shouldn’t have got the integrated aero stem / handlebar…I bet that’ll get swapped out! Although going into winter now this bike will probably only get used sporadically, if at all until spring.
Cyclocross bike - The bike I do a majority of my outdoor riding on. Clocked up over 20,000km on this bike now so I’d say I’m fairly used to the position. CX racing is my main discipline so this bike also gets raced most and I also use this bike for winter riding and daily commuting. However, being so heavily used, there’s a real possibility it might get replaced next year.
To throw some more confusion in the mix I also have an older aluminium road bike which I have setup for the indoor trainer and a TT bike (but let’s take that out of the equation for now).
What would you do? Get setup on the new road bike and take elements of that fit across to the CX bike? Vise versa? Leave it for now? Or do something completely different like get a fit with a view to a new CX bike for next season?
Does anyone have any bike fitting success or failure stories?