Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to Prepare for Your Bike Fitting

To help you plan and prepare for your fitting appointment:

     - Platinum Elite Fitting may take up to 3 hours; but I'm usually done in 2 - 2.5 hours.
     - Gold Fittings take about 1 hour 

     - A Basic Bicycle Sizing takes about 30 minutes.   
     - Cleat Fitting takes about 45 minutes
     - The Aero-Add-On (for TT and tri bikes) adds about 30 min. for the second hand position.

With the Platinum and Gold Fitting we begin just by discussing your activity and riding history, riding style, and injury history. A quick physiological assessment follows where we look at flexibility, strength, and symmetry to discover how we will expect you to sit on the bike and where we can improve while minimizing discomfort and injury potential. 
Finally, we'll get you on the bike and begin making adjustments.

In the days approaching your fitting, be thinking about the symptoms you notice while you ride that have you concerned. If you are pain- or discomfort-free - think about your objectives: how would you like to improve your riding position or cycling.

  • Wear your regular riding shorts and have your cycling shoes ready (but you don't need to wear them when we begin). After that; dress however you are comfortable.
  • A space approximately 8-10 feet square is adequate. I've used plenty of clients' garages; but have used kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms and offices too! Feel free to have us work where you're most comfortable - I'm flexible.
  • You may want to have a fan and a towel handy for your comfort as you will spend a measurable time riding your bike. I am not always able to bring these items with me.
  • You don't need to have an indoor stationary trainer; I always bring mine.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me (
allegrobike {at} gmail {dot} com) and I'll gladly answer them.

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